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Best restaurants and cafes in Boston

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Asta

Asta Boston
Asta Boston

Alex Crabb opened Asta in early 2013 and, after just nine months, Boston Magazine named it “Best New Restaurant”. The restaurant offers three, five and eight-course menus which change regularly, showcasing Crabb’s creativity and impeccable technique in whimsical dishes such as “after the storm” (seaweed, salmon roe and mussels) and “the great escape” (escargots, market bounty, green goddess dressing) While the combinations may seem esoteric, the flavours are surprisingly complementary. The wine list is expertly curated and, if you’re feeling decadent, order the eight-course menu with pairings. The casual decor features an open kitchen surrounded by a dining bar; perch at the counter for an inside look at Crabb and his highly skilled crew. 47 Massachusetts Avenue, +1 617 585 9575, astaboston.com. Tues-Sat 6pm-10.30pm. Three courses $45, five courses $70, and eight courses $95

East Coast Grill

East Coast Grill, Boston
East Coast Grill, Boston

Entering East Coast Grill, you are transported to a marine-inspired tiki lounge, complete with an island-themed bar and umbrellas tucked into somewhat lethal cocktails. To start, order the tuna tacos – lightly seared ahi tuna, accompanied by crisp jicama and watercress – along with punchy buffalo shrimp, likely to disappear from the plate within seconds. The kitchen at East Coast Grill is equally proficient in dishes from land and sea, and a slab of the dry-rubbed ribs are a must, with a hunk of fresh cornbread and a cooling wedge of watermelon. For dessert, head just two doors down to Christina’s Ice Cream, for some of its ambrosial homemade ice cream.  Take a look at our wide range of funny pictures, quotes and much more others. 1271 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, +1 617 491 6568, eastcoastgrill.net. Sun-Thurs 5.30pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 5.30pm-10.30pm, Sunday brunch 11am-2.30pm. Starters from $7, mains from $18

Hi-Rise Bakery

Hi-Rise Bakery, Boston
Hi-Rise Bakery, Boston

Hi-Rise bakery on Cambridge’s Concord Avenue is a feast for the senses: the sight of bakers mixing, kneading and shaping loaves in the open bakery. The yeasty aroma of baking baguettes and sourdough boules immediately envelopes you, followed up by the taste of buttery, jam-filled brioches and fruit tarts, nearly 60 sandwich varieties, a repertoire of soups and, of course, a huge range of breads – all homemade. Growing up just a stone’s throw from the bakery, I’m a seasoned customer, but if the sandwich options overwhelm you, try the popular Fern’s Problem Solver (house-roasted turkey, Monterrey jack cheese, avocado, and Russian dressing all grilled on fresh sourdough). For a sweet treat, sample the “little sandwich cookie”: thick slabs of chocolate biscuit filled with soft, sinful vanilla buttercream. 208 Concord Avenue (at Huron), Cambridge, +1 617 876 8766, hi-risebread.com. Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 8am-3pm

Hungry Mother

Hungry Mother
Hungry Mother

Given its east coast mentality, Boston isn’t known for its southern American cuisine. Hungry Mother is the exception, serving sophisticated twists on southern staples. Instead of a traditional dining room set-up, the restaurant is built inside a house in Cambridge’s Kendall Square near MIT. The seasonally inspired menu changes daily, but you can never go wrong with an order of “antebellum” cornbread and a side of creamy, ham-studded grits. The cocktail selection is terrific, including unique after-dinner drinks such as the Monkey Flip with rum, banana liqueur, egg and Punt e Mes vermouth. 233 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue, Cambridge, +1 617 499 0090,hungrymothercambridge.com. Tues-Sun 5pm-10.30pm. Starters from $6, mains from $23

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Myers and Chang

Myers & Chang, Boston
Myers & Chang, Boston

Although it’s far from traditional, with hip-hop blaring in the background and playful dishes spanning a range of Asian culinary traditions, Myers and Chang’s dim sum is my go-to weekend lunch. The menu bounces from Vietnam to Korea and back to China, with dishes such as green papaya slaw (unless you’re a glutton for heat, request it on the milder side), silky tofu with kimchee and spicy pork, and wok-roasted mussels, which arrive in a sultry lemon grass and ginger broth. (Ask for an extra order of toast – you’ll want to mop up every last drop!) For a refreshing close to the meal, order the vanilla bean parfait topped with delicate fresh orange granita.Let’s discover some interesting science facts that will amaze you. 1145 Washington Street, +1 617 542-5200, myersandchang.com. Sun-Thurs 11.30am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11.30am-11pm. Dim sum from $6 each

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