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
Celebrity chef David Chang’s fried chicken restaurant Fuku will join Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette’s Cambridge small plates spot Little Donkey for a pop-up this week, according to a press release. Fuku x Little Donkey, which will take place at Little Donkey on Thursday and Friday during normal business hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., comes ahead of Fuku’s highly anticipated opening in the Seaport later this year. Pop-up attendees will have the chance to try a $10 “Snack Box” that will feature crispy chicken bites with sweet jalapeño seasoning from Fuku and squash pakora fritters from Little Donkey. Customers also will be able to add a Little Donkey Yuzu slushie to the combo for an additional $3. Limited quantities of the Snack Box will be served for lunch and dinner while supplies last. Chang is the James Beard Award-winning chef behind the Momofuku restaurant empire and the current star of the Netflix series “Ugly Delicious,” a … [Read more...] about David Chang’s fried chicken restaurant Fuku is popping up with Little Donkey this week
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Devra First Globe Staff August 18, 2018 This month, Bon Appetit magazine named its 2018 Restaurant City of the Year: Portland, Maine.So close, and yet so far. Seafood, charm, New England panache: What’s Portland got that Boston doesn’t?Just two weeks earlier, the website Eater had released its annual 18 Best New Restaurants in America. There wasn’t a Boston-area restaurant on the list — nor in Eater’s most recent America’s Essential Restaurants package. Advertisement Boston wasn’t represented in Food & Wine’s annual Restaurants of the Year, or its Best New Chefs package. (Yume Ga Arukara, in Cambridge, was, however, a surprise pick for Bon Appetit’s list of 10 best new restaurants.) Get The Weekender in your inbox: The Globe's top picks for what to see and do each weekend, in Boston and beyond. … [Read more...] about Why don’t Boston restaurants win national awards?
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?