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.
Enjoy a sumptuous dinner and start dancing, as this dynamic venue transforms from a classy restaurant to a groovy nightclub! The ambiance at dbar is chic, and the menu has French fine dining inspirations. Try Giannone Chicken Under a Brick or Pancetta Blognaise, which are recommended by the house. They accept private party bookings too. Bar opening times vary; check website for details.
Lucky's Lounge is one of the neighborhood's vibrant bar. Lucky's serves great American dishes like Mac and Cheese, steaks and sandwiches. The 'Sinatra Sunday Brunch' from 11a to 2p is great to recharge those batteries after a long night of partying. There is soothing live music to make sure you are totally relaxed. Lucky's gets a young and energetic crowd and is a great place to hook up. A nightclub that also serves great food, make sure you try the mini-burgers and martinis.
Sitting on lovingly buttered scali bread, in a mixture of light mayo and salt, this minced crustacean delicacy is one of those underrated culinary pleasures. At Alive and Kicking Lobsters, Chef Louis Mastrangelo aims to deliver the delights of shucked lobster meat in its purest, most unpretentious form. Alive and Kicking’s lobsters are freshly caught round the year, making a trip here worth your while. Besides their famed lobster sandwich, come here for a side of bisque or chowder, available in various seafood varieties.
Veggie Galaxy has been bestowed with several awards for its extensive and creative menu created using organic ingredients. In addition to being a diner, the place is know for its bakery section where patrons can indulge their sweet tooth in moreish, vegan baked goods. The diner is quite classic with comfortable booths that can accommodate larger parties and families. The eat-in area at the bar lets solo patrons dine in solitude. At Veggie Galaxy, their delectable eggs and omelette are popular choices for breakfast, while salads, sandwiches and burgers make up the lunch and dinner menu. You are also given a choice to build your own dishes after selecting ingredients that are at your disposal. A special gluten-free menu is also available. The bar carries bottled beers, ciders, cocktails and draft beers which complete your fare.
Housed in the Porter Square Shopping Center, Yume Wo Katare is an out-and-out ramen eatery with generous portions of meat in a rich broth. Sit at communal tables as you wait for steaming bowls of broth-soaked noodles to cool down so the slurping can begin. Getting here early is advised, as this popular restaurant is thronged by fans at all hours. Helmed by ramen expert Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Yume Wo Katare intermittently resounds with congratulatory applauds from the chef himself if you finish your large bowl of ramen. Although it is a place that focuses primarily on serving ramen, a whole lot of positive vibes are bound to be served on the side too.
Every pescetarian's dream, The Hourly Oyster House has the freshest seafood in Riverside, Cambridge. You can see the seafood as you enter. In-keeping with the reputation of the Grafton Group, the stylish interiors with leather upholstery, wooden tables and tufted sofa booths, are well lit and inviting. It is an ideal place to drop in after watching a movie or a play nearby. It is best reserved for a night you wish to splurge a bit. The place is known for its oysters and rightly so. The regulars gorge on lobster roll, Tuna Poke, Calamari, Clam Chowder and Crab Cakes. Do try their Dolores cocktail.
Little Donkey in Cambridge specializes in food that is ' perfect' in every way. The food is influenced by flavors all around the world, Asian cuisines with an American twist, European food with a modern flair, the food is different here. Using special local ingredients, each dish has an eclectic combination of flavors and taste. Pizza bagels, Istanbul meat ravioli, Biryani, BBQ Oysters, the menu is mouthwatering. Add that up with some refreshing lemonade or a cocktail. Lively and elegant, this place will make you come back more.
If you're craving something sweet, head down to Gracie's on Union Square for a cup of heavenly ice cream. With flavors that you've never even imagined would exist, Gracie's brings to the town of Somerville the best ice cream parlor in town. They're constantly inventing new flavors and eccentric toppings to add to your ice cream. Moreover, they constantly have offers and contests to keep you on your toes. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook and you may get a chance to win a free sweet treat.
Serving only vegetarian fare, Clover HFL is the best place to go to if you prefer relishing on green veggies instead of meat. The food is locally sourced and made up of fresh ingredients which add their own flavor to the dish and the quality of the food can be distinguished even by a novice. Don’t be surprised if your food is prepared in a jiffy, the staff members are quite quick with the orders. Definitely try their Rosemary Fries, they are not famous without a reason. Clover HFL is open 24 hours a day, so you know where to go to satisfy those late night hunger pangs.