Unlike everything else on the list, this Kendall Square restaurant and bar is not themed around science fiction, but instead, science fact. Originally a space to display edible experimentation headed up by Harvard bioengineering professor David Edwards, who has created things like smokeable chocolate, it grew into a full-service restaurant with a bar program by cocktail scientist Todd Maul, who made regular use of centrifuges, liquid nitrogen and all sorts of other drink manipulating gadgets. Now the beverages come from the locally acclaimed Tenzin Samdo. For his first menu, each cocktail is inspired by a different animal species with flavors from all over the world. And, because ArtScience is still a hub of experimentation, Samdo and Edwards are also working on an “aroma delivery system” to help enhance every drink.
650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge, MA