Adventurous good taste, a broad appreciation for music, a gift for the great segue, and the most soothing voice on the radio.
The booths have curtains for those discreet moments. 90 Exeter St., Boston, MA .
It's worth overlooking the "healing stones" in the manicure water for the soothing hand massage. 71 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Shu-Xian's acupressure massage is updated to soothe and energize tired contemporary bodies; she also gives excellent advice on posture, nutrition, and exercise. Spence Center for Women's Health, Charles Square, Cambridge, MA .
Tom Green's place offers a soothing atmosphere and a friendly staff. 164 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Despite stints under legends Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse and three tours of duty on Top Chef, it feels like Tiffani Faison is just getting started. A culinary chameleon who’s excelled at sushi (O Ya), Italian (Rocca Kitchen & Bar), and even Texas-style barbecue, Faison recently unveiled her most electrifying venture to date: Tiger Mama, a verdant wellspring of Southeast Asian cuisine. And that’s not all for 2016, as come fall, the chef will introduce her latest Fenway project—a luxe cocktail bar modeled after Ernest Hemingway’s old hangout, Minetta Tavern. Sweet Cheeks, 1381 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215, sweetcheeksq.com.
We love it, especially on Friday nights, when there is live jazz (resuming in September), and you're sitting in one of the booths by the wall with a bottle of champagne. 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA .
From seven until two each evening, Beverly Siscoe soothes the world's wounds with a song. Bromfield St. near Jordan's, Boston, MA .
Quiet. Soothing. A casual walk through the Japanese garden does more for you than three sessions with a shrink. The food is delightful. The iced tea is the greatest. And the pictures on the walls ain't bad. 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA .
It's cougar season year-round at this sizzling restaurant-bar, where prime specimens purr over glasses of ros and flash their tanned, toned legs from cushy booths. And did they mention it's inside a hotel? They will. 399 Grove St., Newton, MA 2462, bokx109.com.
To consider Fresh simply an emporium specializing in soap is cleanly missing the point. This Boston-based business has revolutionized the beauty product industry with its French milled soaps, perfumes, skin care products, makeup line, scented candles, and bathroom accessories. Smelling sweet was never so, well, sweet. 121 Newbury Street, Boston, MA fresh.com/.
Soothing, relaxing, and cleansing. What more do you need? 168 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
Editor’s Note, July 1, 2 p.m.: After our 2016 Best of Boston issue was published in print and online, reports surfaced that Po Boy has closed, future unknown. Calls to the restaurant have gone unanswered.
It’s not just the Mardi Gras beads or the TV tuned to French Quarter street performers. Eric Cormier’s tiny, chatty Newtonville shop—with its three nicked booths and the scent of fried seafood hanging heavy in the air—feels like something ripped right out of Elysian Fields. More important, Cormier’s take on New Orleans’ ubiquitous sandwich, the po’ boy, is a faithful facsimile, a crusty baguette layered with tangy rémoulade and Captain Marden’s–sourced catfish and oysters. 67 Crafts St., Newton, MA 02458, .
You know you've come to the right place when you read a sign that says "Unless constantly nurtured, nothing is as short-lived as a good customer." Abiding by that philosophy, Dave Poutre treats each customer—as well as each item brought in to be framed—with care. Whether it's a beautiful watercolor or a black-and-white family photo circa 1920, your print is in expert hands. With a huge selection of frames and mats to choose from, Poutre goes to work, offering you frame and mat combinations until you're satisfied. Soothing background music and Poutre's good sense of humor are an added bonus. Nestledin a cozy locale in the heart of Charles Street, Boston Art & Framing ensures your picture is worth a thousand words. 100 Charles Street, Boston, MA bostonframing.com/.
In a land of office parks, Pyara is quite the oasis: a serene sanctuary where the only to-do lists include hot stone massages, Ayurvedic shirodhara treatments, and invigorating Vichy showers. Within the confines of this corporate-seeming storefront, therapists soothe and scrub like nobody's business. 101 Middlesex Tpke., Burlington, MA 1803, pyaraaveda.com.