Insider Picks For The Best Food And Drinks In Boston

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Here, the best Boston restaurants and bars from pastry genius Joanne Chang’s mod Chinese diner to Ken Oringer’s Roman-style trattoria, Coppa. Plus: incredible foie gras dumplings, local oysters, and cannoli.

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B&G Oysters

Icon location B&G Oysters, 550 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116, USA
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Barbara Lynch's chic oyster bar serves some of the most creative lobster dishes in this crustacean-mad city, such as the B.L.T. with lobster and the chive-and-celery-studded lobster roll.

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Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks

Icon location 528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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This is one of the few great places to eat near Fenway Park, featuring stellar seafood dishes and a raw bar that showcases super briny oysters from Island Creek Oysters. Another reason to go is the terrific cocktails made with house-infused spirits.

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Toro

Icon location Toro, 1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118, USA
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This casual brick-walled Spanish restaurant serves on-the-spot pinchos,(small snacks), paellas for two and mini hamburguesas (topped with smoked tomato, aioli and pickled red onion) alongside an all-Spanish-wine list.

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Via Matta

Icon location Via Matta, 79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, USA
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This Back Bay restaurant offers superb antipasti (crispy meatballs with spicy tomato-basil sauce, crostini topped with house-made ricotta, sage and chile) and traditional pasta like fedelini (fine spaghetti) with tiny clams and cherry tomatoes.

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Blue Ginger

Icon location Blue Ginger, 583 Washington St, Wellesley, MA 02482, USA
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This restaurant serves up innovative East-West dishes like foie gras shumai in shallot broth.The menu features small plates like shiitake-leek spring rolls and addictive bings, bacon cheeseburgers and traditional pork.

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Craigie on Main

Icon location Craigie On Main, 853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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This inventive French-American restaurant in Cambridge is run by a hands-on chef who fanatical about every element in his food. He does his own butchering and sources almost all of his ingredients from local farms.

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Menton

Icon location Menton, 354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
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This is a super chic room in the semi-industrial Fort Point neighborhood. It’s a more luxurious outpost just two menu options: four or seven courses and a menu of delicate French-Italian food.

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Oleana

Icon location Oleana, 134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
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This restaurant serves an eastern-Mediterranean menu in a honey-colored dining room or on a foliage-covered patio. Dishes focus on unusual spices and sauces, like adding dukkah to a spicy carrot puree and za’atar.

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O Ya

Icon location O Ya, 9 East St, Boston, MA 02111, USA
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This restaurant brilliantly combines Japanese training with New England flair. The result: a daily-changing menu of innovative dishes like chilled Maine lobster salad with creamy yuzu dressing, and hamachi tartare with ginger verjus sauce.

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Pigalle

Icon location Pigalle, 75 Charles St S, Boston, MA 02116, USA
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This Theater District restaurant embraces old-fashioned elegance and serves French dishes like duck liver mousse with vermouth-soaked mustard seeds. But in the bar area, the menu is influenced by flavors from around the globe.

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Radius

Icon location 31 St James Ave, Boston, MA 02116, USA
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This restaurant serves top-notch Italian including fantastic pastas.The opulent Financial District restaurant, whose dining room is adorned with grand white columns, is a favorite among the city’s business set.

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Rialto

Icon location 1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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This restaurant excels in regional Italian dishes like Ligurian seafood stew with local fish and fried anise bread. The high-ceilinged, industrial-looking space in the Waterfront District emphasizes globally inspired small plates and flatbreads.

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Uni

Icon location UNI, 370A Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA
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This is a tiny jewel-box restaurant serving traditional sushi and sashimi and modern variations, like the raw fluke with jalapeño vinaigrette, rhubarb, and Thai basil. Global street food also slips into the menu like fish tacos with avocado cream.

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Coppa

Icon location Coppa, 253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118, USA
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This restaurant serves up daring nose-to-tail cooking that includes roasted beef heart and bone marrow on pizza. The restaurant's famous spaghetti carbonara is prepared with house-made pasta, smoked pancetta, a runny egg and sea urchin.

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Hungry Mother

Icon location Hungry Mother State Park Boat Ramp, 2854 Park Blvd, Marion, VA 24354, USA
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This little spot in East Cambridge uses French techniques to elevate Southern-style food like country ham biscuits and catfish with mustard brown butter. Even the graham crackers in the crust of the buttermilk pie are made from scratch.

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Myers + Chang

Icon location 1145-1147 Washington St, Norwood, MA 02062, USA
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Try the savory dishes at this eclectic diner-style South End spot, The menu is a mix of Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese and Thai dishes such as Asian-style short rib tacos, garlic-and-honey-glazed chicken wings, and tea-smoked duck salad.

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Regina Pizzeria

Icon location Regina Pizzeria, 11 1/2 Thacher St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
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There are 21 locations of this revered New England pizza chain, but purists still endure the long waits at the North End original, which has been serving brick oven pies since 1926.

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Chez Henri

Icon location Chez Henri, 1 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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In Harvard Square, Chez Henri has a smart-looking dining room, but the cozy bar is more fun, and also one of the city’s best for its well-made mojitos and other tropical drinks. Make sure to try the pressed Cuban sandwiches with slow-roasted pork.

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Drink

Icon location Drink, 348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210, USA
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There’s no actual drinks list at this subterranean bar instead you are provided with a custom drink mixed just for you according to your tastes. ,Highbrow bar snacks include candied bacon cashews and grilled pork ribs.

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Flour Bakery + Cafe

Icon location Flour Bakery, 1595 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118, USA
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This Cafe is famous for its rigorously made French pastry and overstuffed sandwiches And the kid at heart will love the upscale version of nostalgic junk foods, like homemade Pop-Tarts and Oreos.

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Modern Pastry

Icon location Modern Pastry, 257 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113, USA
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For over seven decades, this family-owned shop in Boston’s North End has been the place to go for authentic Italian sweets such as filled-to-order cannoli and eight kinds of torrone (including the famed vanilla nougat with roasted almond).

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