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Where to Eat
Ruka: Boston’s new (and perhaps only) Peruvian-Asian restaurant is a fun, modern take on Nikkei and Chifa fusion cuisine inspired by the culinary traditions of Japanese and Chinese immigrants living in Peru. With a mural that looks like a street art version of a Hokusai painting as the backdrop, you can sample Pisco cocktails, ceviche, sashimi, and other specialties.
Tatte Bakery & Café: This charming European-style bakery has locations in Beacon Hill, Harvard Square, Kendall Square, and Brookline, making it a go-to spot for an afternoon pick-me-up or casual brunch no matter where you happen to be. You can’t go wrong with any of their tartines, croissants, and pastries, but I especially love the nut boxes—hard pastry shells filled with pecans or pistachios.
Coppa: Anything that James Beard Award-winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette touch, turns to gold, but this casual Italian neighborhood outpost is a standout for its masterfully created charcuterie and cheese plates, housemade pastas and pizzas, and killer appetizers like uni panino and arancini di fontal. Take advantage of the outdoor patio during the summer months.—IG
Toro: Prepare to wait for a table at this very good Spanish tapas restaurant located in Boston’s recently revitalized and now hip South End neighborhood—the Maíz Asado, grilled corn with aioli, lime, and aged cheese, is worth the wait alone. Plus, you can leave your phone number and walk across the street to Stella, where you can pass time by ordering an expertly crafted negroni at the bar.—IG
B&G: You can’t go to Boston and not go to one of the legendary Barbara Lynch’s restaurants. This one continues to remain a favorite for its laid-back approach to New England seafood classics and a wide selection of oysters, which you can also learn to shuck on the premises.—IG
Parish Cafe and Bar: If you haven’t yet caught on, Boston has many prominent chefs. If you have time (and money) to visit all of their restaurants, more power to you (also, can we be friends?). If not, head to this sandwich and cocktail joint on Newbury Street that touts creations from a number of award-winning chefs like Bissonnette, Tim Cushman, and Jason Bond. The outdoor patio is great for people-watching.—IG
North End: While Italian neighborhoods in certain cities may only serve to lure in tourists, Boston’s North End is the real deal. You will find old Italian men playing dominos on the streets, coffee shops that get packed to the brim during heated soccer matches, and some of the best Italian food around. While Giacomo’s is where some will tell you to go for the best bowl of seafood pasta, opt for the less crowded but very good Al Dente located on the street parallel to the popular Hanover Street. But don’t skip Giacomo’s altogether—just visit its lesser-known Back Bay location that is considerably easier to get into. Also, don’t go to the overhyped Mike’s Pastry for cannolis like some will tell you—Modern Pastry, across the street, is the way to go.—IG
J.P. Licks: Speaking of dessert, try Boston’s very own J.P.Licks. Be warned: The coffee-Oreo frozen yogurt flavor will ruin any other ice cream for you.—IG