The owners of Kashmir and Café of India have hit the jackpot with their newest entry into the Indian dining scene. The setting is modern and stylish, the service exceedingly attentive, and the menu diverse. One entrée provides a sampling of the scrumptious samosas, tikki, and vindaloos. Cap it off with the ultimate palate cooldown: an icy mango shake. 246 Elm St., Somerville, MA divabistro.com/.
While the rest of Davis Square submits to a yuppified takeover (Coming Soon! Starbucks!), the Rosebud is one of the last holdouts of old-time Somerville. Okay, the bloody brawls are a thing of the past (that's a good thing). But the food is still hearty, the atmosphere classic, and the waitresses downright motherly. 381 Summer St., Davis Square, Somerville, MA .
Sultry movies and moody java. Is there a better combination on the planet? At this "European Film Cafe," you can watch a recent release on one of three TV screens while sipping a white mocha latte or cafe au lait and munching on a croissant or a slice or carrot cake. 1740 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, WA .
One of the city's most breathtaking green spaces is located atop a weary hunk of concrete in Kendall Square. Walk into a nondescript parking garage, ride the elevator to the top floor, and you'll discover the Cambridge Center Rooftop Garden, an oasis of landscaped flora. Cambridge, MA 2142,
The Premier Restaurant, 1130 Washington St., Roxbury, remains this city's premier Jewish deli. One taste of its cabbage soup, kasha varnishkes or corned beef sandwiches (with Russian dressing and coleslaw) and Yassar Arafat would enlist in the JDL. 1130 Washington St., Roxbury, MA .
The thriving Brahmin bank fell from grace after the suicide of one executive and the resignation of another lifted the curtain on a $30-million accounting error. The firm jettisoned CEO James von Germeten in January, the public relations wound bled for weeks, and the bright star in the Shearson Lehman Hutton empire lost its luster.
There are plenty of ready-made arrangements at this luxe chain's Wellesley location, but if you desire something one-of-a-kind, the talented in-store designers will whip up a stunner to fit any occasion. There's also an impressive assortment of versatile vessels and generous selection of perennials, flowering trees, and pothos plants. 31 Central St., Wellesley, MA 2481, winstonflowers.com.
Two signs of relief. One: Post Office Square no longer resembles an overturned canister of Tinker Toys, as it did during the long construction period. Two: The New park, which tops seven layers of subterannean garage space, feels as if it's been there forever.
Gather around a pizza made with organic ingredients at Flatbread Company, the area’s most kid-friendly restaurant. When that last slice has been swiped from the tray, the brood can bowl to their hearts’ content at the on-site lanes while you kick back at a nearby table and enjoy one — or a few — of the many ice-cold, local brews on tap. 45 Day St., Somerville, MA 02144, flatbreadcompany.com.
Tucked inside a historical arcade-style mini mall in Brookline, you’d never know this pint-size restaurant is the place to go shopping for the area’s best bowls of savory ramen. Ganko Ittetsu nonetheless stands out for serving its eminently slurpable noodle soup Sapporo-style, meaning everything is painstakingly prepared in a wok. The result? Especially deep, soul-warming flavors with undertones of caramelization that evoke only one word: sold! 318 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446, gankoramen.com.
When seafood titan Roger Berkowitz sold the local-born restaurant chain that his father conceived as a single fish market in 1950, we had one important question about the new corporate owners: Would they — heaven forbid! — mess with the family’s famous chowder recipe? Thankfully, the answer is a definitive “hell no.” Nothing changed about those iconic cups of super-creamy chowder studded with sweet clams, though as with every taken-for-granted pleasure, we found we loved it more for the sudden fear of losing it. Multiple locations, legalseafoods.com.
The Winnetu takes the prize this year not only for its comfort, charm, and amenities such as poolside cabanas and front-lawn clambakes, but also for its new programming. The resort’s Over-Sand Beach Day package includes a bottle of prosecco, a picnic lunch, and a permitted Jeep waiting to take you on a romp to one of the island’s outer beaches. Signature oyster tours and kayaking expeditions, meanwhile, round out the summer adventures. 31 Dunes Rd., Edgartown, MA 02539, winnetu.com.
As interest in biking soars to new heights, Landry’s has met the moment with unmatched care and attention to newbies, while also catering to a wave of repairs — be they from road warriors putting in extra mileage or stir-crazy locals digging old rigs out of the basement. Upgrading your ride? Help the bike-hungry masses by trading in the old one at the Landry’s Comm. Ave. outpost, where the team can patch it up, get it back on the floor, and keep the cycling surge rolling along. 1048 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, landrys.com.
It’s the answer to most dining dilemmas: sophisticated enough for dinner with the parents or second dates but mellow enough for kids, with a roomy patio and a menu that’s just as large (don’t miss the colossal burger). You might spy owner Garrett Harker mingling on the bocce court, where little ones can frolic without raising eyebrows. Best of all, the patio is heated year round, so you can dine outside even when temps dip. 321 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472, branchlinearsenal.com.
Want to get away without actually going anywhere? Book a night aboard one of the Green Turtle’s floating guest rooms. Docked in Boston Harbor, the comfortable 45-foot yacht and houseboat lovingly tended to by proprietors Jon Dolence and Karen Maciejewski feel like they’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city, even if you can still see the skyline while savoring breakfast and coffee from the dock. One Pier 8 13th St., Charlestown, MA 02129, greenturtlebb.com.