Food & Drink

Where to go late-night in Boston

Published On 12/11/2013 Published On 12/11/2013
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1. Area Four Somerville 445 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

This cafe/bar serves up sick wood-fired pizzas made from simple, quality ingredients -- alongside great coffee and baked goods.

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2. Ribelle 1665 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

This elegant spot from Strip T's and Momofuku Ssam Bar alum Tim Maslow is slinging gorgeously plated, Italian-inspired dishes -- lamb tartare with sunchokes and egg, for example -- and refreshing 'tails.

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3. Lone Star Taco Bar 479 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134

Lone Star is the result of a collaboration between two dudes from Texas and Southern California, so you can feel pretty confident that they know their way around Mexican food. With a menu influenced by taquerias and markets in Austin, Dallas, and Mazatlan, Lone Star serves up a huge range of tacos, from carnitas and barbacoa to refried beans and huevos rancheros. They also do a killer breakfast menu (breakfast tacos! huevos rancheros!) and have an absolute ton of tequilas ready to pour.

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4. Franklin Cafe 278 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Go to Franklin Cafe to enjoy a beer or craft cocktail from their extensive list, stop by for a pre-theater dinner, or even show up late night (the kitchen's open until 130a). Just make sure you go, unless you feel like missing out on the likes of smoked mussels, braised short rib, and steak frites.

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5. South Street Diner 178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

A legend since 1947, the venerable South Street Diner is the only joint in Boston where you can get grub 24/7. And that’s big-time. The always-packed Worcester Dining Car has been churning out working man’s breakfasts since factory workers crowded the counter, and you can still get the same smile-inducing meals today. Regulars swear by the Monte Cristo, the smoked salmon, and the Diner Special complete with three eggs, two pancakes or French toast, home fries, toast, and choice of bacon, corn beef hash, ham, or sausage. But you really can’t go wrong with anything... just don’t forget to add a side of banana bread or grilled cinnamon roll.

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6. Clio 370A Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

Stop in for truffle pot pie with a soft poached egg; duck drummettes with cocoa pimente in an XO sauce; fried chicken w/ kimchee & ginger mustard, pork belly, and crispy yuba buns; and a late-night ramen menu (avail Thurs-Sun).

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7. Eastern Standard 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

A Comm Ave restaurant with the appearance of a swanky French bistro, the menu of a five-star Italian restaurant, and the attitude of a local pub, Eastern Standard is an unpretentious offering of the finer things in life. The upscale menu touts a winding wine list, a raw bar, seared fishes, steaks, and house-made pasta while the matching interior flaunts a polished mahogany and red velvet motif.