Here's Our Travel Guide to This Nation of Over 7,000 Islands
After ditching the South End for that Square Matt Damon only visits to pwn ponytailed grad students with apple jokes, the renowned chef behind Ginger Park & OM's now taking it to Central with Moksa, a casual izakaya/ cocktail haven/ night club that slings late-night Asian tapas and street eats alongside upscale libations. The space is open and industrial with an 11-seat bar and a main dining room with bamboo banquettes. Pan-Asian street shareables like pig cheek skewers and tuna poke with hearts of palm fill the menu alongside crafty cocktails like the Tokyo Chic with white whiskey, absinthe and smashed edamame.
From the guys behind Tasty Burger/Franklin Cafe, this upscale neighborhood tavern's outfitted with vintage-esque black/grey damask print wallpaper, brown leather booths, exposed wood ceiling beams, and a 100-year-old fireplace.
Painted Burro's a 95-seat Mexican kitchen & tequileria described as a “farm chic hacienda” featuring a red-/white-walled dining room with weathered wood tables, plus a 14-seat hammered tin/ reclaimed beam bar lit by wire cage lamps and overlooked by a unicorn burro mural rocking a luchador mask and corncob horn.
Slinging bourbon below Foundry on Elm, this ode to the under-represented pre-Prohibition era throws things back with Tiffany chandeliers and hand-carved mahogany overhangs. Stuff your face with beer-battered pickled peppers packed w/ Boursin, and maple-braised pork belly w/ baked beans, before drinking said face off thanks to 16 taps, 120+ brown-booze varieties, and a slew of "bespoke" whiskey cocktails.
Now found at the Haffenreffer brewery, this band-name-sounding resto/music/gaming venue features a sandwich-, pizza-, and pasta-heavy Italian menu, American craft beers, and seasonally shifting cocktails.