Hook & Reel is a good low country boil seafood spot in Revere that also has po’ boys and shucked oysters.
Written byJoel Ang
Orfano is an Italian steakhouse in the Fenway. It has a three-foot tall pepper mill, so that’s something.
Written byDan Secatore
Mariel is a Cuban restaurant downtown. Don’t let all the selfies distract you from the fact that it’s actually really good.
No Relation is a secret sushi counter inside of a South End tiki bar that’s also kind of a secret.
The Haven is a Jamaica Plain pub and, if you ever open a wormhole that brings Robert Burns to the present day, this would be a good spot to bring him.
KO Pies is a chill spot for meat pies and outdoor Jenga on the industrial waterfront of East Boston.
BLR is a Chinese small plates place in Chinatown, and it’s a good option if you want to feel like you’re in an illegal gambling den.
Time Out Market is a giant food hall in Fenway with stalls run by some great Boston restaurants. It’s cool, but be prepared to pay the tourist tax.
The first thing you’ll notice at Myung Dong in Allston is the K-Pop videos playing on a loop. The second thing you’ll notice is the good Korean menu.
465 is the full-service American restaurant inside the Museum of Fine Arts.
The Map Room is a cocktail bar located inside the Copley Square library, and one that deserves to be patronized by people other than tourists.
Saloon is a speakeasy in Davis Square that’s so dark you might fall asleep in there (though probably not if it’s burlesque night).
Martsa on Elm is a casual Tibetan place in Davis Square.
Tsurumen is a ramen place in Davis Square that you have to get to quickly, because it’s only going to be open for 1,000 days.
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Trillium is a brewery in the Seaport. The line out the door will be full of people coming for the beer, but the food is actually really good, too.
Tanám is a Filipino restaurant that’s really just a single table in a small room in Union Square, and it’s outstanding.
Hojoko is a Japanese restaurant in the Fenway that is the opposite of a sensory deprivation tank.
Night Market is a Harvard Square basement filled with Asian street food and graffiti art on the walls.
Charlie’s Kitchen is a diner, beer garden, and punk bar all rolled into one in Harvard Square.
A4cade is a speakeasy arcade in Central Square with a greasy menu.