Located in the heart of Boston's South End, Toro is a lively Barcelona-style tapas bar. Owned by acclaimed chef, Ken Oringer, Toro has become one of Boston's must-visit restaurants. Perfect for sharing, the traditional tapas served here are small portioned dishes that allow patrons to order and try various cuisine. Toro's vast menu features a variety of tapas including empanadas, sliders, charcuterie and more. Not to be outdone by their cuisine, the signature drink menu at Toro offers wine on tap, cocktails, champagne and bottled beer. Their brunch is one of the best in the city, offering pitchers of sangria, mimosas and bloody mary's. Be prepared to wait or arrive early, this popular establishment doesn't accept reservations.
Ken Oringer is at the helm of Coppa and he is one of Boston's best loved fine dining chefs, with Toro and Clio also under his belt. This quaint little rustic restaurant, with its incredible selection of wines and mixed drinks, is a pleasant contrast to many of the sleek uptown restaurants that it shares a berth with. The food puts unexpected twists on classic Italian cuisine, such as the famed carbonara with sea urchin - not for the culinary faint-of-heart. More traditional dishes abound, from gnocchi with pork ragu, sage and pecorino to the perfectly wood-fired pizza.
Brown Sugar Cafe is an acclaimed Thai eatery in the city. A pot of sweet brown sugar graces every table, the menu is huge and the service is friendly. This cozy neighborhood place, which serves beer and wine, is known for its country pad Thai and drunken noodles. Seafood dishes include salmon choo chee and the fisherman madness - a spicy combo of crustaceans and filets. Patio dining is a good choice when weather permits.
Deep in the South End, there is a small establishment where inexpensive, gourmet-quality food really does exist. The menu at Franklin Cafe ranges from meatloaf to sushi-grade tuna, all served with impeccable sides such as mashed potatoes with chives or lentil and bean sauce. Even the chicken livers are great here. The dining room is small and crowded, and the noise level can be high. This cafe, which has a full service bar, is very popular, and waits of an hour or two are common, even on weekdays.
Uburger is one of the leading burger and fast food outlets in the city. The interiors of the restaurant are modest, simple yet inviting. The cafeteria-style seating arrangements and the contemporary menu has made Uburger a hit amongst the local Boston youth, especially students. The restaurant is also the proud recipient of the several awards by leading Boston magazines and newspapers. Uburger offers a healthy take junk food, so the calorie conscious can relish the food without any guilt.
Publick House has a large selection of beers. With 20 beer taps, micro-brews and imported ales it is a veritable beer heaven. Young people frequent this place for after work drinks and for the singles scene. The food is eclectic and tasty especially after the long wait for a table. The menu is inspired by German and Belgian pubs and has the ambiance and decor to go with it.
Scholars American Bistro & Cocktail Lounge is not an intellectual hub but a sleek diner and bar in downtown. It features four distinct spaces; The Balcony with its customized chandeliers, lounge chairs and sofas is the largest while The Lounges comprises of three small areas with elegant chairs, martini tables and a fireplace. The Billiards is decked up with black and white photos, and has huge built to order professional pool tables. Lastly The Windows is ideal for parties and business events. Their menu is a creative twist of classics and includes dishes like Jerk Chicken Lollipops, Grilled Chicken Pita, Cornish Hen, Ox Tail Ragu, White Clam Linguini and Panko Chicken Sandwich. Take a sip of Harpoon Seasonal and Seadog Blueberry in draft brews and Wachusetts Blueberry and Amstel Light in cans. Or try their specialty cocktails such as The Dead Poet, 1775 and Painkiller. No matter what your occasion is, you can be assured of a memorable dining experience at Scholars.
Warehouse Bar & Grille is a sleek sports bar and New American restaurant. With its neo-industrial design, fluorescent green chairs at the bar, leather booths and flat screens all around, it exudes a warmth that is welcoming. Dig into their dishes like Reuben Eggrolls, Gator Bites (alligator meat), Clam Roll, Mushroom Wrap, Warehouse Burger and Strawberry Balsamic Chicken. Take a sip of wine or from their tap and you are set to cheer your favorite team with your friends.
Carrie Nation Restaurant & Cocktail Club celebrates the aristocratic charm of Boston during the pre-Prohibition era between the two World Wars. It is replete with velvet chairs, period lamps and candles casting a dim glow, a stately white bar counter with Victorian mirrors and columns, and shelves lined with bottles exhibiting vintage labels. Its beverages are named after the who's who of the city. Its eclectic cocktail selection includes the gin-infused Million Dollar Cop, inspired by the famous brewer Garret Oliver, and the tequila-based King Solomon. One can also try their Rascal King and Liggett’s Literature, influenced by politicians and writers respectively. This restaurant tweaks American classics and offers a menu comprising of dishes like Lobster BLT, and Truffle Mac and Cheese. Its multiple themed bars, including the Speakeasy Room, can be hired for private dining and parties.
Highlighted with red and yellow paint strips, Hong Kong, is a Chinese themed restaurant and bar. The restaurant first opened in 1954, and concocted their first 'Scorpion Bowl and ever since it is one of the famous cocktail bowls in the sphere. The pub is known for its nightlife activities and patrons flock to delight at the bar and enjoy the live music, up-beat dance floor and Karaoke at the bar. The food menu is diversified as it has American and Chinese food choices. The menu is composed to meet all taste sizes and serves specialties like, Chicken Fingers and Beef with Mushrooms. The venue also houses buffet option for meals. It hosts live musical events, where-in patrons are welcomed to enjoy their enticing choices of spirits and cocktails. The upbeat, trendy, and fancy environment at the venue, is praised by the locals.
The Merchant serves up a diverse menu of eats, delicious cocktails and craft beers in a vibrant, lively setting. From small plates and bar snacks to hearty mains, whatever your appetite, you'll find something to please at this brasserie-style bar. With a separate bar and dining room section, it offers a choice for those looking for an after work drink and a bite or a full meal. Popular with the office crowd, suit and tie wearing professionals jostle shoulders with the occasional hipster and decibel levels tend to soar post 9pm. For reservations, visit the website.
Ever heard of a supper club? Well, Boston has recreated that with modern touches at Downtown Crossing known as the Yvonne's. Exuding a lounge vibe, the interiors and decor are adorned with mahogany wood and marble. Viewed as a classy and elegant drinking and dining establishment, the cuisine served is varied and continental in nature. Some of the popular delicacies include the Garden Hummus, crispy tater cubes and scallop gratin. If you're over two people, you can order the delicacies serving large portions such as Crispy Tuna Fregola, Niman Ranch Long Bone Ribeye Ste or Grilled 'Viper' Chop. Cap off the meal by asking for a drink of your choice! If you like to dress up and spend an evening having undisturbed conversations, this is the place to be!