It’s On: Summer Restaurant Week Boston

Posted August 19, 2013 by Sarah Stanley in Eat & Drink
No. 9 Park Roast Chicken

Epicureans, unite. It’s that time again! Summer Restaurant Week Boston is here in all its prix fixe glory. From August 18 to 23 and 25 to 30, over 200 of the city’s restaurants are offering up the dishes that put them on the map in the first place.

Let’s start with one of Boston’s most acclaimed establishments, No. 9 Park (9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108). If you haven’t been to this fine-dining restaurant, now is when you simply have to go. If the utterly serene atmosphere wasn’t enough (think Paris), savoring three full courses of Chef Barbara Lynch’s nationally renowned cuisine is, well, a really big deal. This Summer Restaurant Week Boston, make it happen.

Just down the street (a.k.a., the Freedom Trail) from No. 9 Park is another favorite, Marliave (10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108). Tucked away in Downtown Crossing, the spot was originally opened in 1885 by French immigrant Henry Marliave, though it eventually fell into disrepair. But thanks to Chef Scott Herritt, the owner of Beacon Hill’s Grotto, the long-shuttered establishment is back and restored to its original glory. Its tiled ground-level bar is a nod to the original spot’s Prohibition-era past, slinging the old-school cocktails. Upstairs is more of a fine-dining vibe but with plenty of food options. Simply put, Marliave is a little-known gem, and you get major cool points for bringing people there.

Pimm's Cups at Marliave

Golden: Pimm’s Cups at Marliave. Photo credit: Sarah Stanley.

Another Restaurant Week cardinal rule: Don’t forget the steak and seafood houses. It goes without saying that McCormick & Schmick’s (34 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116) has this market cornered. Given the nature of the portions—gigantic—three courses here means a long, leisurely dining experience. So, save room. And once you’re done feasting? Walk it off at the Public Garden, just a couple blocks away.

Last but certainly not least is Erbaluce (69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116), sitting practically around the corner from McCormick & Schmick’s. One could mistake this unassuming gem for yet another quaint Bay Village townhouse. But no. What awaits inside is an escape to Northern Italy—Piedmont, to be exact—from where Chef Charles Draghi’s family hails. Think light, herb-driven dishes made with only the freshest ingredients. Best part? Absolutely everything at Erbaluce is made from scratch, including the gin; it’s Chef Draghi’s own recipe.

You’ve got two weeks. Now get out there and make them count.



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