In Boston, Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks has become a standard favorite for avid diners. Their immaculate decor - the tasteful art adorning the walls, the mosaic tiles at your feet, and their friendly staff make this restaurant a crowd-puller. Offering one of the best outdoor dining experiences in the city, the restaurant is equally known for its impressive drink list.
Housed in the Boston Center for the Arts, The Beehive restaurant and bar is almost like an opera house in itself with live jazz, cabaret and a lot more action. There are fine satin drapes and exquisite artifacts adorning the eatery. A popular hangout among the night birds; the bar and lounge scene here is also upbeat and lively. The food is a regular mix of the grilled and Mediterranean variety, with lamb ribs ruling the roost. Sausages, pasta and risottos also sit happily together on the menu. The wine sure flows freely on all days and everything about the place has an arty feel to it.
Located in Boston's South End district, a neighborhood known for its working class population and industrial surroundings, is the Gaslight Brasserie du Coin. The brasserie strove to carve its niche in the always-growing list of South End French eateries. The wine list is impressive and accompanied by a knowledgeable staff who are ready to pick the perfect glass to complement a dish. The interior is full of deep colors and smiling faces, creating a happy atmosphere that may not be right for an intimate meal, but is perfect for a dinner with close friends.
Established in 1795, The Bell in Hand Tavern has the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operating tavern in America. This bi-level restaurant and bar features nightly live music and karaoke Tuesdays for added entertainment. The uniquely designed rooms have a character of its own and are used for private as well as corporate functions. The pub has a impressive list of draft as well as bottle beers apart from cocktail specials. Nosh on the tasty American fare along with your choice drink while listening to some music. Surely you will enjoy this historic place that has been entertaining the locals for centuries now.
For daring Asian cuisine enthusiasts, Myers + Chang promises to cater admirably to their needs. The chefs' interpretations of Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine are both thoughtful and novel; the Cantonese Lacquered Pork comes with kimchi flavored rice cake - the tartness of the kimchi is the perfect foil to the sweetness of the meat. Their pot-stickers are, predictably, excellent, as are the tea-smoked pork spare ribs. On weekends, Myers + Chang serves up a dim sum brunch menu which is the perfect way to have a social hangover breakfast, with plenty of sharing and a riot of flavors.
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.
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.
Anthem Kitchen + Bar is a bright and lively restaurant that serves American food with a different blend of flavors. Their chef has carefully put together gourmet dishes to make up a menu which depicts culinary expertise. Lay back in the comfortable setting and share some small plates options, soups, salads, sandwiches and more. It also hosts live music on weekends, enjoy a sumptuous meal paired with wine and more.
Union Oyster House near Faneuil Hall was established in 1826 and is the oldest continually operating restaurant in the United States. Usually crowded, the restaurant is frequented by locals and tourists. The late President John F. Kennedy's favorite booth is identified by a plaque, and Daniel Webster was a fan of the oysters. While the menu includes chicken, steak and pork, seafood is its forte. The raw bar serves a variety of shellfish. Try the lobster, which is served boiled or broiled. The restaurant has a full service bar.
The flagship cafe opened in Martha's Vineyard way back in 1992 by Carol McManus. Espresso Love in the Financial District is run by her son TJ. Its not only the coffees that will delight you but their savory dishes as well which includes sandwiches, burgers and soups. Relish their Spicy Blue Burger, Capri Chicken Wrap, Katama Chicken, Italian Veggie and Chicken Cobb Salad. It is a nice spot to linger around and spend some time with friends.
The Point is a bi-level sports bar and restaurant in the North End. Their warm and inviting ambiance complete with soft lights and, brick and wood walls is pleasing to the eye. Catch a game on their television or listen to live music. Dig into their freshly prepared any time of the day or late night. Take a sip of a cold beer and unwind with your friends at this affable spot.