A gourmet deli that pours a special cup each day: Colombian, French roast, almondine, etc. Takeout only. 378 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
Next to the new Red Auerback statue at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, one of the few statues your neighbors will recognize.
One of the most elegant malls on the East coast. Rated four stars by the Society of Bankrupt Husbands. Route 9, Newton, MA .
She'll talk your head off, but she's great at shaping hair (even thin and thinning hair). 710 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
The chef himself carves it at your table. Don't be disconcerted by the fact that it arrives with its head still on. 1006 Beacon St., Brookline, MA .
Dynamic and powerful. The Hurricanes' "I Can See Forever in Your Eyes" may be the year's best single cut by a local group.
In a world of quickie books and runaway cost-cutting, Godine remains one of the few houses with a commitment to uncompromised quality. 51 Sleeper St., Boston, MA .
Generously sized and threaded with feather-light layers of mortadella, Genoa salami, prosciutto di Parma, provolone, and the requisite pickled accessories, Monica's Italian sub won both our hearts and our stomachs. 130 Salem St., Boston, MA 02109, monicasboston.com.
WBUR. Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers) are a latter-day Bob and Ray, especially for those of us who can't tell our crankshafts from our dipsticks.
Our female correspondent reports that Robert Redford would go unnoticed on the campus of Harvard's Business School. (Anyone having knowledge of our correspondent's whereabouts is requested to contact The Editors.) Cambridge, MA
Whether in pursuit of the perfect burger or a potential mate, we men typically thrill to the chase. But hunting for just-right cuff links? Oh, no. No, no. The quickest way to kill off our inner Bond, in fact, is to trudge from store to store, questing after the highly specific accessories that live seemingly only in our imagination: the cool diver watch with grosgrain strap, aviators that don't evoke dissolute rock star. While certain things at other local stores quicken our pulse (e.g., the socks at Drinkwater's), for all-out adrenaline rush it's Barneys: walls full of man bags, rows upon rows of pocket squares, belt racks that go on for days. We're in, we're out, mission accomplished. 100 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 2116, barneys.com.
Whether you're overhauling a stately Newton Tudor or building a shiny new loft in the South End, this is your go-to team for smart layouts and integrated interior and exterior spaces—in other words, exceptional contemporary design. Boston, MA hacin.com.
Weave through the labyrinthine arrangement of hand-painted chinoiserie screens, velvet, and meticulously restored cut-crystal French chandeliers to discover a charming pair of painted ceramic Staffordshire spaniels for your mantel. 17 Murdock St., Somerville, MA 02145, thebarnat17.com.
Whether you’re a car-dodging commuter or a weekend warrior who heads to the hills, the pedal pushers behind this shop will size you up, find a frame that fits, and build your dream two-wheeler. 842 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02215, superbbicycle.com.
Gone are the days when Sam Adams was J.P.’s only claim to brewery fame. Opened in 2017, Turtle Swamp serves IPAs, porters, sours, and ales all made with local ingredients. turtleswampbrewing.com/.