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Inside Tip: Although the 7-, 10-, and 14-course tasting menus take diners on bite-by-bite journeys through Chef Oringer’s latest innovations, the plates tend to be rather small—even by tasting-menu standards. Stick to the regular menu for fuller (but by no means generous) portions.
Mignonette: a sauce usually made of shallots, cracked pepper, and vinegar and served over raw oysters.
Reindeer moss: a moss that resembles reindeer antlers; it must be cooked for extended periods of time before it’s edible for humans.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Grab a latté and browse the tomes at Trident Booksellers and Cafe (338 Newbury Street).
After: Catch a live folk or jazz concert at the Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Since opening Clio in 1997, Chef Oringer has been on a restaurant-launching spree across Boston, but you needn’t travel far to try one of his other acclaimed ventures: Uni, a sushi and noodle bar, is located in Clio’s lounge.
Atlantic Fish, in the Back Bay, is part of a group of popular Boston restaurants including Abe & Louie’s, Joe’s American Bar and Grill and Papa Razzi Paramus, all which can be counted upon for quality meals and service. This seafood specialty spot, open since 1978, is known for its award-winning New England clam chowder, Maine lobster pot pie and San Francisco cioppino. Come summer, patrons vie for a spot on its outdoor patio along bustling Boylston Street, while inside, the dining room is meant to invoke a cruise ship of old, with detailed woodwork and ocean-themed murals. Menus change daily, to reflect what’s in season and fresh, but diners can count on classics like baked stuffed Maine lobster, jumbo lump crab cakes and a raw bar. More innovative dishes include tuna bolognese, barbecue glazed salmon and smoked salmon pâté.
Since its founding in 2001, The Upper Crust Pizzeria has fashioned artful thin-crust pizzas in 19 storefronts with modern, architectural touches. Chefs craft specialty pies inspired by local landmarks, from the sundried-tomato cobblestones of the Beacon Hill to the pesto-painted walls of the Green Monster. Diners can opt to spread sweet sauce over a regular or whole-wheat crust or request that any pie be served white without sauce, and combine slices with crisp salads or pounce on the geometric goodness of a spinach square or half moon-shaped calzone. Restaurant interiors are accoutered with modern flourishes such as flat-screen TVs and pan-decorated ceilings, allowing one to lie down and admire their reflection before a postmeal nap.
Year after year, accolades and awards shower down on Erbaluce, often named the best Italian restaurant in Boston by local and national press alike. This Bay Village restaurant run by chef Charles Draghi draws from the cuisine of the Piemont region in Italy, but with the ingredients of New England. There’s no set menu as dinner courses change on a whim, but guests can always expect pasta – handmade, of course – and something approaching Draghi’s signature dish, wild boar with wild Concord grapes and lavender sauce. Best of all, Draghi doesn’t depend much on butter or oil for flavor; instead, he uses fresh herbs and sauces based on fruit and vegetable essences, as well as roasting juices, to give his dishes a much lighter touch. Service in the mostly white dining room with wooden accents and a mosaic-tiled floor is excellent, offering a calm oasis to savor the fine cuisine.
One of South Shore Living's "10 Influential People You Should Know" in 2010, Jimmy Liang evenly divides his time among his five Boston-area restaurants. At Fuji 1546 Restaurant & Bar, his culinary crew whips up contemporary Japanese dishes with a focus on maki, sushi, and sashimi. The sushi selection ranges from eel-filled caterpillar rolls to sweet-potato maki to the BLT roll, which guests must order without using any vowels. The menu also includes traditional eats such as gyoza, sweet-and-sour crab-meat balls, and filet mignon cooked in a housemade lime-soy marinade. For entertainment, Fuji 1546 Restaurant & Bar has a live DJ that spins every Friday and Saturday night.
It may be known for its beef, chicken, and seafood noodle soups, but Pho Pasteur also devotes nearly an entire page of their menu to vegetarian dishes. They fry meat-free egg rolls, craft vegetable stir fries, and sub tofu for meat in a host of salad, lo mein, and vermicelli dishes. The restaurant even features a tofu pho. Whether made with meat or without, the Vietnamese restaurant uses minimal MSG in their cooking and also offers gluten-free options. The location is also worth craving. Situated near the Theater and Financial districts, Pho Pasteur makes a great spot to grab dinner before catching a play or diving into a big pool of money.