Best of Boston

2004 Best Group Dining, Affordable

Peking Tom’s Longtang Lounge

It may sound tacky on paper, but in person, Peking Tom’s is deliciously campy and cool. With colorfully ironic splashes of Asian pop culture, delightful retro tinges, and plenty of room for lounging, this hidden Downtown Crossing destination with its highly competent service is perfect for parties of 2, 12, or 20. The menu relies on a perfect balance of sweet and sour, fried and juicy, meaty and delicate. Just remember—don’t overload on kumquat mojitos before digging into the crispy sweet-chili squid or orange and tamarind-glazed spareribs.

25 Kingston St., Boston, 617-482-6282,