Best of Boston

2002 Best Central Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Central Kitchen

This casually hip Central Square boîte may no longer be the well-kept secret it once was, but it’s still well worth the wait for a table in the sexy, darkly lit dining room to sample chef/owner Gary Strack’s delicious cuisine. The steak frites are simple and delectable; the grilled octopus, clean-flavored and beautifully presented. In fact, everything at Central Kitchen is as casually well dressed as the clientele that fills the stools along the bistro’s long slate-and-blue-tiled bar.

567 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-491-5599,