Cold water and newbie swimmers don’t mix. That’s why the pool used for kids’ lessons at FitRec Swim School is heated to a toasty 84 to 85 degrees, making it the perfect place for youngsters to learn how to make a splash with the help of Red Cross–certified instructors. 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA bu.edu/fitrec/aquatics.
A licensed plastic surgeon with more than 25 years of experience, Leonard Miller is the perfect battle buddy in the war against gravity. And we’re not talking radical changes; he firmly believes that less is more. Miller specializes in subtle, natural-looking facial Botox that will have you looking healthy and well rested in just 10 minutes. 69 Newbury St., Boston; One Brookline Place, Brookline. 69 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, leonardmillermd.com.
Cleary made hockey's Final Four, proving it is possible to build athletic powers in the Ivy League. And Bicknell simply proved that there was BC football after Doug Flutie.
Bring a hefty appetite and anyone you want to impress for the elegant decor and sensational harbor views at the most sumptuous buffet brunch in the city. For $42 a person, we're obviously not talking about hangover grease-fest. The upscale yet down-home fare includes anything and everything you could possibly be craving — including platters of lobster, mussels and clams; grilled rack of lamb; made-to-order omelets; seasonal fruits; and decadent desserts. No heartier way to break the fast. 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA .
Jasper White's torch has been passed to chef Daniel Bruce. Many of the ingredients in your meal Bruce has either harvested, foraged, hooked, trapped, netted, and/or shot. Pass the Local Wild Mushrooms over Stoneground Cornmeal Polenta, please. 70 Rowes Wharf, 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?
Boston’s homegrown burger chain offers the perfect shake, too. The hand-spun delights — which come in varieties like classic vanilla, strawberry, and the peppermint “Green Monster” — are mixed from Tasty Burger’s own high-percentage milkfat base, yielding the richest, thickest shakes in town. Multiple locations, tastyburger.com.
Where can you score a bold yet balanced cup of coffee, mouthwatering pastries, and the perfect background tunes for sipping your java back at home? This quick-stop shop, which represents the collaborative entrepreneurship that is the future of Boston’s food world: Baker Kelsey Munger and bean roaster Javier Amador-Peña met at a farmers’ market, opened Monumental together, and tapped local Light of Day Records to stock the space with new and (cheap!) vintage vinyls. Blueberry muffins, cold brew, and David Bowie — yes, please. 36 South St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, monumentalmarket.com.
In Boston’s admittedly somewhat limited gay club scene, Club Café is a standout for its commitment to being not just a nightspot, but also a queer gathering place: If you’re looking for an earlier evening, it’s a fine place to grab a bite, and on any given night of the week, you’ll find a plethora of events to enjoy—trivia, performers belting out Broadway standards. But make no mistake: There’s nothing quiet about an evening here. Get ready to dance. 209 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116, clubcafe.com.
If Boston’s love affair with all things techy and new ever wears you down, remember: Practice makes perfect, and few steakhouses have fed us for as long or as flawlessly as Grill 23. In the clubby dining room, staffers ferry platters of oysters on ice followed by darkly crusted, tickle-me-pink cuts of salty meat. No gimmicks, no trends. As at any great steakhouse, seafood and sides satisfy—but better to simply order the 100-day dry-aged rib-eye, lean back, and enjoy the timeless atmosphere. 161_Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, grill23.com.
Looking to bolster your collection of anti-racist literature and books about the Black experience? This Nubian Square mainstay has you covered. But what makes owners Leonard and Clarrissa Egerton’s shop an irreplaceable part of Boston’s literary scene is its role as a hub for book groups and social gatherings where both authors and readers of color can feel welcome and be celebrated. Bostonians across the city are vowing to finally listen to Black voices—Frugal has been amplifying them for 12 years and counting. 57 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119, frugalbookstore.net.
This basement hole in the wall has been the cradle of some of Boston’s most killer jam sessions since it opened as New England’s first African-American–owned nightclub in 1947. Walk through its famous red door and you can feel the history: Generations of soon-to-be stars from the New England Conservatory and Berklee (such as a young Esperanza Spalding) have tested their chops before this discerning crowd. You never know who you might see before they become the next big thing. 427 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA wallysCafe.com.
Covered in vinyl stickers and rainbow string lights, J.P.’s Midway Café looks like a classic dive bar, but it’s also the spot to sing your heart out every Thursday starting at 10 p.m. A favorite of Boston’s younger queer crowd—but welcoming to everyone—the evening starts with regulars crooning to ’90s and early-aughts hits and ends with wild dance parties. 3496 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA midwaycafe.com/.
That’s right. Boston’s best wide-release movie theater is in...Dedham. This place was 100 percent built for the blockbuster popcorn flick. Comfortable stadium seating, armrest-shaking surround sound, and a full bar (on the "Lux Level") all coalesce to provide the optimal environment for taking in any film with a "-man" or a numeral at the end of the title (see: Iron-, Bat-, Super-, 1, 2, 3, and so forth). 670 Legacy Place, Dedham, MA 2026, showcasecinemas.com.