The Required: Boston

The Required: Boston

A definitive guide to Boston's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

January 2, 2020
The Required: Boston

The Required: Boston

A definitive guide to Boston's tried and trues, as chosen by over 5000+ of the nation's top chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, & other food and beverage pros.

January 2, 2020

Boston. Beantown. The City on a hill. One of the oldest cities in the U.S. Home to some excellent food, and now part of our Required club. 

The Required is our expert version of a "best list," comprised of the stand-out restaurants that have garnered the all-time most recommendations from our expert community. That's 5,000+ all-star chefs, sommeliers, bartenders, and more — no black box of food editor committees or user surveys, just plain, crave-able cred.

Read on to plan your next trip — or just to be sure you've checked all the boxes on your home turf. 

Myers + Chang

According to our Experts, this wife-husband run joint offers some of the best Asian-inspired cuisine in Boston. Our Experts say the nasi goreng (traditional Indonesian-style fried rice) with pork, shrimp, and pineapple and the crispy bao buns with hoisin and house pickle are what to get when you’re seeking pure comfort. Their spicy AF wild boar dan dan noodles with chorizo, black garlic, and chili oil is a plate of addictive endorphin producing deliciousness that has its fans coming back for more. Their cocktail menu with its updated takes on tropical classics, and their wine menu that offers varietals such as Riesling, were born to pair with the Asian flavor profiles of Myers + Chang’s food. With a “Cheap Date Night” on Monday and Tuesday evenings, offering three $45 pre-fixe menus that are meant to be shared by two, Myers + Chang keeps showing love to the neighborhood locals who’ve made them such a hit.

Oishii

Given the sheer variety of incredible seafood available in New England, it makes sense that Boston would be a great sushi city. Oishii serves up artistically presented sushi and Japanese small plates. As far as sushi goes, the spicy crispy toro gunkan hand roll and the oyster nigiri are not to be missed. Other standouts are their housemade uni spaghetti with shaved truffles and poached egg and moullard duck sautéed with rhododendron honey, sake, and apples. Try an Oishii highball with Suntory whiskey, plum wine and sparkling lemon before moving on to their list of imported and domestic wines. An evening at Oishii won’t be cheap, but it will be memorable, so make sure to go with people who you want to savor an evening with.

Gourmet Dumpling House

Located in the heart of Boston's Chinatown, local Experts have been praising Gourmet Dumpling House for years. After your first visit, whenever you see that big blue backlit awning and the steam slowly rising from each table as plates of dumplings are being revealed, you’ll have a hard time walking by without entering. Our Experts say the crabmeat and pork dumplings and the sandong pan fried dumplings are musts before, during, or after a night out drinking (something the owners must be aware of as they are open until 1 a.m. each night.) They also say the sliced fish Szechuan-style isn't for the faint of heart, but if you can handle some spice, get it. Unpretentious, old school, and almost criminally inexpensive, Gourmet Dumpling House is the real deal.

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