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. 

Tiger Mama

Tiger Mama is Chef Tiffani Faison's love letter to Southeast Asian cuisine. Near Fenway Park, you may be tempted to pre-game at Tiger Mama. But let’s be honest, everything is so good here, you don’t want to rush through a single thing, especially their tiki drinks, or it’s going to be one hell of a long ball game. Instead, we say the move is to catch Tiger Mama for dinner, after attending a day game. Our Experts say the Thai whiskeychicken with green tomato nam jim and pickled long red hots is a street food delight. Bring a friend or two to get down on the tiger duck three ways: duck shumai and broth, marinated and smoked breast, and hoisin leg. You’re going to need a good foundation of delicious eats in your belly if you plan to indulge in their cocktails. Their tiki drinks with names like “Blood of the Saxon Men” and “Speaking In Tongues”, and litanies of mixed rare boozes, sound at once terrifying and amazing, so prepare accordingly if you’re going to embark on such adventures.

Peach Farm

Located near Boston's Chinatown, this hideaway is known for family-style Chinese dining with a focus on fresh seafood dishes. Maybe the best part of Peach Farm is that it's open until 3am. Our experts think they have the best late-night food Boston has to offer. After a night of hard work or heavy drinking (or if you’re an over-achiever: both) an order their oysters in black bean sauce and spicy salted shrimp will to replenish your electrolyte levels, which is your first defense against middle-night calf cramps or next day hangovers. Our Experts have done extensive research in this department, so you don’t have to, that’s how much they love you (and Peach Farm).  

Bar Mezzana

Bar Mezzana is a sleek Italian spot whose peacock blue mid-century style chairs and banquets recall the waters of the Amalfi Coast from which their culinary inspiration is drawn. As with most Boston locales, ordering fresh fish is the way to go. Our Experts highly recommend their crudo sampler, featuring six offerings from their crudo menu, which changes daily. The spicy and refreshing handmade tagliolini with crab, mint and jalapeño has our experts coming back bite after bite. At $52 per person Bar Mezzano’s piatti della famiglia is a progressive family-style meal featuring the best of what their chefs and the season have on offer, and in our Experts’ opinions is a steal for what you are served. As their name would suggest, their bar program featuring Amari and Vermouth forward cocktails meant to whet your appetite and for your meal, they have an impressive selection of Italian imports with tasting notes to guide you through. Reservations are recommended and since Italians are so notoriously stylish, you may as well show your respects by dressing to impress.

Bar Mezzana
Hot Spot
Shawmut, Boston
$$, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Italian, Cocktail
6 Recommendations
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