“Boston is known for its innovation.” – Thomas Menino
Boston: World famous for Clam Chowder (which, as a child, was my FAVORITE), it is a city rich in history, brimming with culinary breadth, beautiful architecture, amazing locals, poignant art, and of course, that team NY doesn’t like to talk about…
For the City Guide: Boston[divider]
FOOD & WINE
An idiosyncratic, passionate, even poetic practitioner of Mediterranean cooking, Charles Draghi has long been a respected presence in the Boston dining scene. He’s also been an itinerant one, popping up over the years in the North End, in the Back Bay and on Beacon Hill. Erbaluce in Bay Village represents the culmination of his wide-ranging experience. While making his guests feel at home, he simultaneously transports them to Italy as they’ve never quite experienced it—and has racked up “Best Of” awards right and left for his efforts. Don’t forget to mention how you found out about it…
Erbaluce | 69 Church St. | Boston, MA, 02116 | (617) 426-6969
Menton | 354 Congress Street | Boston, MA 02210-1295 | (617) 737-0099
5 Napkin Burger
It may look like an old-fashioned butcher shop, but this upscale Back Bay spot offers every modern variation on the burger you could dream up – beef, tuna, turkey, lamb kofta, veggie – and all between great buns. End with a glorious espresso brownie sundae or a shake in the classic conical cup.
5 Napkin Burger | Prudential Center, Boston | 617-375-2277 | 5napkinburger.com
Who needs encyclopedic menus? At this Concord restaurant, chef Carolyn Johnson offers seven appetizers, eight entrees, and five desserts. It’s just enough. Dishes such as foie gras torchon with Concord grapes and a corn madeleine, seared gnocchi with rabbit ragout, and scallops with Macomber turnips, mushrooms, and beurre rouge are inventive without being showy. With a lively bar scene, right at the train station, this works as both neighborhood and occasion restaurant.
80 Thoreau | 80 Thoreau Street, Concord | 978-318-0008 | 80thoreau.com
Chef Vittorio Ettore’s Bistro 5 has been the toast of Medford for years. Now he’s opened a second, more casual spot, in Winchester. Small plates of duck sausage and foie gras mousse, goat’s milk ricotta, and grilled calamari, along with pasta dishes and entrees, are sure to make it the toast of the town.
A Tavola | 34 Church Street, Winchester | 781-729-1040 | atavolawinchester.com
Into the burgeoning restaurant scene of Cambridge’s Kendall Square comes Abigail’s, with a menu that reveals the presence of ex-East Coast Grill staffers in the kitchen. You’ll find raw bar and barbecue in the eclectic mix, which also includes the likes of Gouda fries, persimmon-beet salad, green curry duck, and baked shells and cheese. Add in a bar run by a former B-Side employee and you wind up with one fine neighborhood hangout.
Abigail’s | 291 3d Street, Cambridge | 617-945-908 | abigailsrestaurant.net
Chef Jason Bond’s first solo venture quickly became a hit in Cambridge and beyond, winning plaudits from the Globe, Bon Appetit, and others. Bondir emphasizes local and seasonal ingredients; nothing new about that. And yet the dishes on the constantly changing menu don’t resemble anyone else’s. From red corn grits with pork tongue blood sausage, fried oyster, and caviar to pumpkin spaghetti with chestnuts, roasted long squash, and smoked scamorza, they’re all Bond, all the time.
Bondir | 279A Broadway, Cambridge | 617-661-0009 | bondircambridge.com
Catalyst isn’t the molecular gastronomy-inspired Cambridge restaurant one might expect from the scientific name. Instead, it reminds us why traditional cooking methods have been around so long. Roasting, searing, and cooking chickens on spits, chef-owner William Kovel and crew turn out dishes that gently nudge convention while avoiding outright rebellion. Try the roasted cod in mussels chowder or the tournedos topped with taleggio ravioli.
Catalyst | 300 Technology Square, Cambridge | 617-576-3000 | catalystrestaurant.com
Ceia Kitchen + Bar
Newburyport may be long on charm, but it’s been pretty short on good restaurants. So locals cheered the addition of Ceia, which features a casual but stylish setting and food of the European coast (the name, pronounced “SAY-yuh,” means “supper” in Portuguese). Chef Billy Brandolini serves up pappardelle with a pulled rabbit, Dijon, and veal ragout, suckling pig with vanilla cauliflower puree, venison with farro and port date risotto.
Ceia Kitchen + Bar | 25 State Street, Newburyport | 978-358-8112 | ceia-newburyport.com
*Thanks to the Boston Globe for the “Best Restaurants in Boston” segment.[divider]
CULINARY ADVENTURES & SHOPS
This stellar artisanal food store from the team behind Local 149 brings a bit of finery to South Boston. The shelves are stocked with fresh produce, local cheeses, and handmade pastas and sauces. The addition of a sandwich counter (try the hefty roast beef-based Boursin & the Beast) is a great reason for non-Southie residents to pay a visit.
American Provisions | 613 East Broadway, South Boston | 617-269-6100 | americanprovisions .com
It’s like two restaurants in one, both tailor-made for Tech Square: an all-day bakery-cafe attached to a sparse, industrial dining room with two wood-fired ovens. The ovens produce most of the menu, so puffed-crust pizzas, like the puttanesca topped with green olives, hot peppers, and anchovies, retain the slightest char; roasted veggie dishes, served family style, are crisped on top. The bakery turns out fresh scones, buns, and daily sandwich specials, plus locally roasted coffee. This was just what the square (and Cambridge) needed.
Area Four | 500 Technology Square, Cambridge | 617-758-4444 | areafour.com
Come gawk at the tech-driven art installations that cover the walls and invade the television sets of this casual bar near MIT. But stay and feast your eyes on the open kitchen, where slowly browning chickens circle the rotisserie spit and chefs hand-carve thick slices of porchetta and roast beef for sandwiches. The wide range of burgers was clearly built to accommodate the hordes of hoodied tech employees who crowd this Kendall Square spot.
Firebrand Saints | 1 Broadway, Cambridge | 617-401-3399 | firebrandsaints.com[divider]
Gallery NAGA – Current Exhibition
Gallery NAGA | 67 Newbury Street | Boston MA 02116
EXHIBITION March 2 – 24 | Reception – Friday, March 2 6 – 8 pm
Keira Kotler | I Look for Light
Stuart Ober | Doctor, My Eyes…
“Welcome to Gallery NAGA’s website. We have translated into Internet form the key aspects of our gallery, which has been exhibiting and selling contemporary art on Newbury Street in Boston since 1977. Enjoy your exploration of our site.
Our primary focus is painting, and we represent many of the most highly regarded painters working in Boston and New England. In addition, exceptional contemporary photographers, printmakers, and sculptors exhibit with us, as well as the international doyenne of holography, Harriet Casdin-Silver.
We also specialize in studio furniture, presenting work by many of the premier makers of unique and limited edition furniture in the country.”
Ellen Miller Gallery Presents: Andrew Millner
Ellen Miller Gallery | 38 Newbury Street, 4th Floor | Boston, MA 02116 | 617) 536.4650
EXHIBITION: Mar 3, 2012 – Mar 28, 2012
Opening Reception | Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose[divider]