Boston is a super young and busy city. For those who don’t know, Harvard University is very close, so the place is very busy for students. To serve all these people and also the other residents of the city, restaurants are always looking to innovate in dishes and also in environments.
I’ve already talked to you about some of the best vegetarian / vegan restaurants in town, so now I’m going to focus on places with broader menus. I made a very varied selection, with some elegant places and others more funky and trendy. It has a restaurant for all tastes!
With a very modern and cozy decor, Cultivar is one of the best rated restaurants in Boston. The place works mainly with seasonal ingredients, hence the idea of a name that refers to vegetable gardens and very fresh plants. Food is always fresh and used creatively in creating dishes, seeking new flavors and textures.
The restaurant is open every day of the week and has three different menus: one for brunch, one for lunch and, finally, dinner. Dinner options include spaghetti alla chitarra with peas and mascarpone and mushroom tempura served with wasabi.
One of the most interesting things about Juliet is the menu division. They have two menus, the first of which is à la carte and prices vary according to what you order. The second, on the other hand, has a fixed price and changes regularly, since it only works with seasonal ingredients.
Ratatouille, for example, is made with lentils and vegetables from that time. Those who want a more intimate and reserved dinner can reserve tables between Thursday and Saturday. In this case, they offer two tasting menu options, one with three dishes and the other with five dishes. It is a good option for those who want a special dinner and also try different creations of the restaurant’s chefs.
Anyone who loves Asian food cannot leave Tiger Mama out of the script. The restaurant’s decor is very different from other places in Boston, with a mixture of lights and plants that make the atmosphere very eccentric and authentic. In addition to the brunch and dinner menus, they have a huge variety of drinks and beverages. That is, if you want to go just to have a drink and enjoy the environment, it is super worth it.
Regarding food, it will not disappoint you. One of the most requested dishes there is marinated and grilled pork, served with rice paper salad and a little bit of mint. Another lighter option is eggplant prepared with Chinese sauce, pepper, mint, cilantro and Chinese sausage.
Spoke Wine Bar
Despite having a menu with more limited options, Spoke Wine Bar is one of the best restaurants in Boston. The ingredients used are almost all from local producers and, like other restaurants, the menu changes according to the seasons, always using products from that time of year.
For you to know a little of the menu, a good choice is the traditional gnocchi, served with mushrooms, peas and parmesan. For those who do not give up meat, an alternative is the grilled pork tenderloin accompanied by cashew cream.
Another super modern place, but with a more industrial footprint in decoration, is the Townsman. The chef and owner of the place, Matthew Jennings, is inspired by home cooking, which recalls even memories of when he still lived with his parents. Taking advantage of this affective memory, he creates dishes in search of always surprising customers with the flavor.
The restaurant menu is very varied, with some options perfect for those who want to share the dish. One of the dishes most praised by customers is usually the seafood soup, prepared with special spices and seafood from the house.
Like Tiger Mama, O Ya is focused on Asian cuisine. His cuisine is a little more specific, since their focus is Japanese cuisine. The sashimi is, without a doubt, the star of the place. Among the versions of the dish, one of them is the sashimi served with a spicy sauce of cucumber, avocado and a little coriander.
If you’re the type of person who loves Japanese food, they offer an even better alternative. It is a tasting menu with more than 22 different dishes! However, as it is one of the largest tasting menus and one of the most expensive ingredients, its value is quite high. It is worth it only for those who really love this type of cuisine and want to have that experience.
Select Oyster Bar
Seafood fans shouldn’t miss the Select Oyster Bar. The menu at this restaurant is a true paradise for those who like this type of food. They serve oysters, crab salad, lobsters and various other foods from the sea. Most dishes follow a Mediterranean cuisine style, focusing on the freshness of the ingredients.
To accompany the dishes, they offer a great selection of wines, as well as cocktails and craft beers. The decoration of the place is also cute, with a brick wall and hanging lights. Stop by if you like this type of cuisine ?
Reading Pagu’s description on their website, I was extremely curious to really taste their food. The restaurant description promises customers a different experience to customers, not just a meal, you know? With small portions, they seek the best of home cooking, transforming it into something creative and innovative.
Their menu is super complete: from breakfast to dinner. They are very careful with the choice of what they serve, so they even thought of a complete menu for vegans. Those who do not eat meat, like me, can order “Childhood Fried Rice”, which is a type of rice served with carrots, peas, caramelized shallots and fried garlic.
You couldn’t leave out at least one restaurant with Italian cuisine, right? To eat good pasta and risottos in Boston, just go to the SRV! The dishes made by chefs Michael Lombardi and Kevin O’Donnell are made with the aim of making customers feel in Italy, at least for a few minutes.
Among the dishes most requested by customers are the parmigiana noodles, accompanied by black truffles and asparagus, and also the portion of chickpea polenta. The restaurant has a very welcoming atmosphere and the staff are always praised by the locals.
Alden & Harlow
There are some places that conquer you both for the decoration as well as for the food. Alden & Harlow is like that! Their menu is huge, both for brunch, as well as for dinner, dessert and drinks. If you want to have breakfast there, for example, you can order corn pancakes served with sweet ricotta, granola and blueberries.
Because it has a very diverse menu for dinner, this is the time that the place gets fullest. For this reason, try to book a table in advance if you can. That way you can already guarantee your place in a great restaurant ?
As you may have noticed, each restaurant appeals to different tastes. Just choose your favorites and add them to your travel itinerary. Oh, don’t forget to comment on other tips if you know of a place I didn’t put on the list!