Given its location in the heart of a rapidly changing city, it feels like a small miracle that Boston’s Chinatown has remained independent, authentic, and blissfully chain-free (mostly). From no-frills mom-and-pops to slick outposts of the growing Shojo empire, here are 19 spots that will satisfy your comfort-food cravings, test your taste buds, and maybe even remind you of home. 1. Avana SushiOne of several standalone restaurants crammed into a tiny food court on Beach Street, Avana stands out for being one of the best budget-sushi options in town. A $7.50 lunch special that includes miso soup, a roll, and two sides (and another roll for $4 more) reliably packs its limited counter space with sushi-craving students. (42 Beach St.) 2. BLR by ShojoThe family-owned Best Little Restaurant was a Chinatown fixture for decades but got a new look, menu, and name in 2016 when the current generation — which also helms Shojo — took over the reins. Now, old-school … [Read more...] about 19 must-try restaurants in Boston’s Chinatown
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Wondering which restaurants are winning over the hearts of Boston media these days? One publication is singing the praises of sashimi. On Tuesday morning, Boston magazine published a list of the 50 best restaurants in Boston, the first time the publication has created such a list since 2014. Coming in at No. 1 was Uni, a small izakaya at the Eliot Hotel from chef-partners Ken Oringer and Tony Messina. The list — which was edited by Scott Kearnan and written by Liz Bomze, Jacqueline Cain, Jacqueline Houton, and Jenna Pelletier — introduced Uni with a bold claim: “Right now, Boston dining — the entire city, really — is defined by tension between old and new. Let’s look to Uni for guidance.” Highlighting Uni’s “innovative sashimi, sophisticated Asian street food, and freewheeling fancies,” the publication praised the restaurant’s successful merger of old ideas in a new space, and stated that it could work for … [Read more...] about This is the No. 1 restaurant in Boston, according to Boston magazine
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Shirley Leung Globe Columnist August 08, 2018 It was the closing that sent chills down the spine of the Boston restaurant industry: Les Sablons in Harvard Square shuttered last week after just over a year in business.Playing in a notoriously tough game, restaurants close all the time. But this one involved Garrett Harker, whose Midas touch turned Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and Eastern Standard into gastronomic gold. The unappetizing truth is that Les Sablons is just the latest in a recent string of high-profile restaurant closings by experienced operators who called it quits after a relatively short run. Other casualties include Michael Schlow’s Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar and Matt Jennings’s Townsman. Advertisement “We are talking about very talented chefs who couldn’t make a go of it,” said Chris Coombs, chef-owner of … [Read more...] about Are there too many restaurants in Boston and not enough diners?
Deciding where to make your next dinner reservation may have just gotten a little easier. Boston magazine released its annual Best of Boston list on Friday, highlighting the city’s cream of the crop in categories including arts and entertainment, home design, shopping, wellness, and restaurants and food. Pammy’s, dubbed a New American trattoria by the owners, nabbed the Best New Restaurant award. Boston magazine staffers applauded the Cambridge restaurant for both its food (namely, the mussels with squid ink arancini and lime leaf aioli), and atmosphere (noting the communal table, fresh flowers, and greetings by Pammy herself at the hostess stand). Over in the South End, Colin Lynch’s Bar Mezzana earned the award for Best Restaurant, General Excellence. Boston magazine’s staffers declared that diners should “go for the house-made pastas and crudos, stay for the…well, everything else.” They commended the … [Read more...] about These are the best restaurants in Boston, according to Boston magazine
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Diane Bair and Pamela Wright Globe Correspondents May 01, 2018 Looking for a primo place to toast the summery temperatures set to arrive this week? Snag a seat at a rooftop bar with dazzling views of the city. Arrive at sunset, when Boston’s iconic buildings are backlit with sorbet hues, and order the most delicious-sounding drink on the menu. Revel in the heat. Who knows how long it will last? Airdeck at Coppersmith The vibe: Playful and casual. If you’ve wanted to check out this buzzy restaurant — set in a former, circa 1894 South Boston copper foundry — the weather may finally cooperate. The Airdeck bar “floats” between the building’s interior and a seasonal patio. Craft beers and house cocktails are served from a vintage Airstream. The view isn’t spectacular, given that the roof is only up one floor, but the … [Read more...] about 5 of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Boston