Best of Boston

2003 Best Central Square Restaurant, Neighborhood

Central Kitchen

It’s nice to know that even as so many things in Central Square are changing, Central Kitchen stays the same. The casually hip bistro is still as charming and inviting as ever, with affordably priced bistro fare and an enticing wine list loaded with bargains. It’s the perfect place to scarf down some steamed mussels and enjoy the simple pleasures of steak frites perfectly prepared. With an interesting crowd hanging out at the bar most nights, lively conversation is a sure bet—and so is a meal at Central Kitchen.

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