Sushi is good, and live jazz is good, so by the transitive property, Mad Monkfish, which has both, is good too (we’re pretty sure that’s how the transitive property works, anyway, go ask John Nash to check our work). This Mass Ave sushi place is a great neighborhood spot that’s a lot of fun, even when there isn’t music (Sun-Wed, usually). The two dining rooms are almost always packed, the rolls that take their inspiration from fairy tales and are topped with strawberries and crispy noodles, and there’s a sidewalk patio.
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Loyal Nine is a restaurant focused on regional foods with a nice patio in East Cambridge.
Oleana is a very good Mediterranean restaurant from the same people behind Sarma and Sofra.
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Basho Japanese Brasserie
Basho is a cool and casual Japanese spot in the Fenway with sushi and a big menu of small plates.
No Relation is a secret sushi counter inside of a South End tiki bar that's also kind of a secret.
Sweet Rice is a casual Thai/sushi place Jamaica Plain. It’s a good option for a casual bite if you’re in the neighborhood.
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