With a cocktail menu rooted in the classics and an obsession with quality ingredients matched only by that of his boss, Craigie on Main chef Tony Maws, this Eastern Standard alum performs quietly on a one-man stage. Trust us, he puts on a show you don't want to miss. 853 Main St., Cambridge, MA 2139, .
We know, we know. Two Ben Thompson joints in one B & W? Hard to believe, but this place gets our vote just because it dares to serve skate. And backs it up with the best chowder (the Gloucester version) in town. North Market Building, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA .
Another fine year. Just one question, Vince: What did you mean by the subhead on your Latin American baseball special section that read, "The hunger and desire of young Latins . . . make their future impact . . . even more ominous"? Too much chicken and rice in the clubhouses, perhaps?
The Globe again, for slashing not only the aforementioned book section, but also the Sunday Focus section in one of America's most cerebral cities, then promising to launch a new "ideas" section "when a more robust economy brings us better resources."
A beach day is always family-friendly, but add in an old-fashioned carousel and Paragon Boardwalk’s toes-in-the-sand beer garden for the grownups, and you have the makings of one epic summer afternoon. If you’re feeling adventurous, sign the kids (and yourself) up for standup paddleboard lessons with Paddle Surf MA. Hull, MA 02045,
The abundance of blond wood and white paint in Kava’s dining room is like a promise: The food will be simple and it will be good. It’s one that the kitchen delivers on, too. The tender octopus is perfectly charred; the salads are fresh and bright; and the light, crisp wines will make you feel like you’ve retreated to a café along the Mediterranean. 315 Shawmut Ave., Boston, MA 02118, kavaneotaverna.com.
This equipment emporium, which moved from the West End to Central this year, stocks all the camping gear, boots, backpacks, and tents you need for your next rugged hike in the White Mountains. Including one remnant of the original location: a wall of trail maps and postcards. 565 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02114, hiltonstentcity.com.
There’s more than one park in Fenway. Tucked away at the end of Peterborough Street is this diligently manicured slice of urban paradise, where lush vines coil around the pergola and rose bushes put on a colorful show in spring and early summer. 130 Peterborough St., Boston, MA 02215, friendsoframlerpark.org.
Opened in the Back Bay in 2017, GreCo has since expanded to the Seaport and, very shortly, downtown. Given the super-fresh pitas; tender marinated lamb and pork sliced from vertical rotisseries; and fixings such as spicy whipped feta and crispy fries, we’d put one on every corner if we could. 225 Newbury St., Boston, MA grecoboston.com.
Visitors to this vault-like jewel emporium in Downtown Crossing—one of the largest in New England—will find bands in white gold, yellow gold, and platinum that complement even the most singular engagement rocks. Barmakian can also design a match for, say, an heirloom diamond, so that the happy couple always ends up with the perfect set. 333 Washington St., Boston, MA barmakian.com.
We know there are locations throughout the region, but this one rules: peat moss, planters, pails, privet hedges, potting soil, pruning shears, peas (seeds), peonies, and porch furniture. For every gardening item you could possibly need, look no farther. 242 Cambridge St., Winchester, MA .
Have a spare $125 and need a new do? Marc Harris's adroitly angled razor cuts are the sharpest in town. An updated, more sophisticated look—one that actually accentuates your face's particular shap—is always money well spent. 30 Newbury St., Boston, MA 2116, salonmarcharris.com.
The pear martini is a revelation. A symphonic combination of Grey Goose Vodka, Belle de Brillet Poire, and pear nectar garnished with a dried pear slice, it's dainty yet substantial, and works either with food or on its own. It's the type of cocktail that inspires cravings, and it's nearly impossible to drink just one. 9 Park Street, Boston, MA no9park.com.
An excellent waiter is one you hardly notice as he deftly reads the mood of the table, answering questions, offering suggestions, and slipping silently into the background. But we certainly noticed Terry Johnson. He fits the description to a T, plus he's charming and refined. We'll take his table any day. Four Seasons Hotel Boston, 200 Boylston St., Boston, MA fourseasons.com/boston/.
Why single out what is already probably Boston's only Turkish restaurant? Because there are some who work downtown and still haven't had one of their kebab sandwiches for lunch. Give 'em a shot: only your breath will suffer. 72 Broad St., Boston, MA .