During the Boston Film Festival next month, the Lenox will have more celestial density than a black hole. If you manage to catch that director's eye, proceed to Anago to seal the deal with seductive cuisine. 710 Boylston St., Boston, MA .
Boston has no shortage of great burrito makers, but the beaner in Beantown remains Anna's Super Burrito. Huge, healthy, and incredibly tasty, it's a mighty quick-fix meal for just $3.50—well worth waiting in line for. 1412 Beacon St., Brookline, MA .
We've always loved the Nauset Beach Club, on the Cape, which is owned by Campbells' parents, so we were very happy to see the kids come to Boston. 1418 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA .
Oysters on the half shell at the Union Oyster House, 41 Union St., Boston. Straight from the Cape, fresh daily. Stay at the raw bar ($2.95 for six); upstairs they cost more. 41 Union St., Boston, MA .
The Boston Red Sox front office, which under its new ownership has actually noticed—apparently for the first time in 101 years—that it has fans to answer to.
Boston lacks the perfect waterfront drinking hole. Ahmed's patio, in Cambridge, is nice enough, and its summer drink specials will have to do until we find something better. 96 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA .
Art dealer Nina Nielsen's attempt to place a major collection of Jackson Pollock drawings in Boston permanently by offering a 25 percent discount to collectors who agreed to donate their purchases to the MFA.
It should come as no surprise that the wine list at Meritage is outstanding. The entire concept of the restaurant is, after all, about pairing food and wine. After 15 years as executive chef of the dining rooms at the Boston Harbor Hotel and of its annual Boston Wine Festival, Daniel Bruce is now cooking for a wine-first audience. The menus at Meritage lead off not with first courses, but a selection of wine styles—sparkling, light, full-bodied, and so on—that are then paired with an appropriate dish. Such a system demands a wine list that's substantial, varied, and reasonably priced, and sommelier Jamie Moore has seen to it that this one is. Moore changes the 850-choice list every two weeks to make room for more bottles of special but recognizable Rhone varietals like Cline, Côtes d'Oakley, or rare gems such as an Aile d'Argent, Château Mouton Rothschild from Bordeaux, or the heaven-on-earth elixir 1990 Château d'Yquem Lur-Saluces, Sauternes. The informed servers want you to enjoy the wine as much as they clearly do, and manage to explain the options in plain English. Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA meritagetherestaurant.com/.
Made of aluminum or lightweight poly-carbonate, the stylish suitcases from this German luggage maker, which opened its first shop in Boston last year, are built to stand up to turbulence, tight connections, and the TSA—and look good while doing it. 12 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, rimowa.com.
Browsing in this shop feels less like shopping and more like snooping though a stylish friend’s library—if said friend happened to stock the city’s best collection of art monographs, emerging authors, and stories penned by kids at 826 Boston, that is. 5 Green St., Boston, MA 02130, papercutsjp.com.
For winning the NCAA championship. Honorable mention: Dana Barros. BC's stylish point machine supplied what little college hoop excitement Boston enjoyed. And Salem's Jeff Juden finished up a starry career by getting drafted by the Houston Astros and no-hitting Wakefield.
When Boston Garden president Larry Moulter said, "Everybody get out of the building right now," they did. Sure, it was only for the fourth game of the Stanley Cup finals, when the power failed. But at least someone finally took action.
It seems too creamy, too thick, and too rich to be fat-free—but somehow J.P.'s does it. Its chocolate-chip-cookie yogurt is even better than licking mom's batter off the spoon. It's no wonder this chain flourishes throughout the Boston area. 353 Newbury St., Boston, MA .
How is it that this sparkling little dining room goes virtually unnoticed by the native population? The menu is remarkably inventive (the spinach salad with warm duck confit is terrific) and the presentation is impeccable. Not to mention the prices, which make this the best hotel lunch bargain in Boston. 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA .
At the behest of U. S. senator John F. Kerry, the prestigious Boston law firm agreed to provide free legal counsel to Quincy shipyard workers who opted for early retirement. Unfortunately, the pro bono offer was not extended to laid-off workers, who could really have used the help.