Danielle Montgomery

Chichi Deluxe

For vapid lounge beats and stylized modernity, there’s no need to jockey for position in the Back Bay. Privus (pronounced "pree-vus"), Allston’s newish Japanese boîte–slash–martini bar, has you covered with Ikea-chic furnishings and quasi-industrial décor. Strategic lighting ensures that absolutely…

Taco Belle

Olecito, scrappy little sister to longtime Mexican favorite Olé, is billed as a celebration of south-of-the-border street food. And it does have a party feel. The music thrums, and the colorful handwritten menu showcases 20 varieties of tacos, burritos, and…

Point Taken

Despite its somewhat hokey premise, Stix delivers satisfying late-night eats. Stix, Stanhope Street’s newest lounge/restaurant, has a defining gimmick: meat, fish, and vegetables grilled on flavor-infused skewers. You can get duck on a citrus-rosemary stick, for example, or shrimp on…