The October To-Eat List
WHAT Asana, the Asian-ish/American-ish house restaurant in the new Mandarin Oriental.
WHY Executive chef Nicolas Boutin—just arrived from a stint at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong—trained at La Maison Troisgros, the celebrated three-star restaurant in Roanne, France. Plus, Asana has its own glass-enclosed cheese cave.
WHERE 776 Boylston St., Boston, 617-535-8888, mandarin-oriental.com.
WHAT After six years in its cozy subterranean lair, Harvard Square’s Craigie Street Bistrot is moving down Massachusetts Avenue to Central Square, where it will reopen as Craigie on Main.
WHY The new bar menu will let budget-fettered foodies enjoy Tony Maws’s exquisite cuisine on the cheap.
WHERE 853 Main St., Cambridge, 617-497-5511, craigieonmain.com.
WHAT Bina Osteria/Bina Alimentari, a new Italian resto and market from Azita Bina-Seibel and Babak Bina, the sister-brother team behind Lala Rokh and Bin 26 Enoteca.
WHY The concept is casual and neighborly (in Italy, an osteria is a wine tavern), and for all its touted "revitalization," Downtown Crossing’s still short on worthy grub.
WHERE 581 Washington St., Boston, 617-956-0888, binaboston.com.