There are sheepskin blankets covering the benches at Asta in Back Bay, which is good, because since this is a tasting menu place (five courses for $80, 8 for $110) you’re going to be here for a while. The menu is typically filled with upscale American food like lamb served with green pea puree and mackerel with squid ink and endive. While not all the courses are going to blow you away, you can expect a few memorable bites every night, and with a lively open kitchen and a Ryan Gosling poster in the bathroom, Asta is the rare fine dining place that feels fun and casual.
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Uni is a flashy Japanese izakaya in Back Bay with a $16 spoon, hot rock wagyu beef, and lots of small plates you won’t want to stop ordering.
Bukowski Tavern is a bar in Back Bay that looks like a dive but has far better beer than that.
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Carrie Nation Restaurant & Cocktail Club
Carrie Nation is a restaurant and cocktail bar in Downtown Boston. It does one of those thing much better than the other.
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