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. 

The Butcher Shop

This French-Italian wine bar is a carnivore and lactovore’s heaven. Our experts say their creamy housemade burrata is some of the best in the city. While a variety of house-cured salumi, paté and artisanal cheeses are always available with crusty house-baked bread to pair with their fine selection of French and Italian wine varietals, as far as larger plates go, that changes by the day. Chef Barbara Lynch prefers to stick to the best of what the small farmers and meat purveyors she’s worked with over the years have to offer that day and build her menu from there. Call day-of to find out what’s on for dinner, or just walk in and trust that you’re in excellent hands.

Eventide

Founded in Portland, Maine, the Boston location of Eventide near Fenway Park has become a local favorite. Crush a few dozen oysters, grab a brown butter lobster roll to go, or even try the lobster bao! If you are looking to party, book a classic lobster bake to smash lobster, oysters, mussels, and more for a quintessential New England experience. With a menu that reads like a mermaid’s wedding banquet, we think the game plan should be to either go with a group of serious eaters who love to share, or to plan more than one visit while you’re in Boston.

No. 9 Park

Located at... you guessed it... 9 Park Street, Chef Barbara Lynch’s flagship restaurant, No. 9 Park offers a great view of Boston Common. Sit upstairs in the elegant townhouse space and enjoy white linen service, while eating French and Italian inspired food. Our experts say the prune stuffed gnocchi with foie gras, almonds, and vin santo is a must-try. Or kick it more casually in the Bar Room, eating offerings from their bar menu like marinated lamb with gorgonzola fondue, while sipping on one (or more) of their many fabulous cocktails featuring small-batch amari from Italy. A beautiful space and such thoughtful food practically demands you dress for the occasion, so pack accordingly.

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