Best of Boston

2016 Best Southeast Asian Restaurant, New School

Banyan Bar + Refuge

Chef Phillip Tang earned his recent James Beard nom by making old ideas new again, refracting regional cuisines through a glittery South End lens. The fabulously funky results—think Kirin beer slushies and a warm lobster bao anointed with honey-miso butter—defy comparison to the familiar. Even brunch is bolder, with bowls of breakfast ramen.

553 Tremont St., Boston, 617-556-4211,