Food & Drink

5 late-night menus you should try this weekend

Published On 04/10/2014 Published On 04/10/2014
JM Curley
Tavern Road
City Table
The Squealing Pig
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1. JM Curley 21 Temple Pl, Boston, MA 02111

"Just don't be a douchebag," reads one of the etiquette guidelines on the wall at this hip Downtown Crossing eatery, setting the scene for its no-nonsense approach to enjoying yourself over brews and burgers. An all-brick outfit reminiscent of a Prohibition speakeasy, JM Curley dishes out chef-driven takes on charcuterie boards, duck poutine, and -- most notably -- the house burger featuring homemade "pop's Russian" dressing. Prices run cheap for the tourist-heavy part of town it resides in -- and that goes for the specialty cocktails and domestic craft beers on tap, too.

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2. Tavern Road 343 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

South Boston’s Tavern Road is a frenetic cacophony of diners enjoying New American cuisine in small plates, large plates, and, for larger parties, “Street Feasts,” an option for the indecisive who’d prefer the chef to structure their meal. Though the crowd favorites are the chickpea frites, the menu also encompasses tacos, vegetables, charcuterie, fish, meat, and oysters. The main attraction of the dining room is an accent mural in warm reds and burnt oranges, one that sums up the Tavern Road experience: loud, busy, and, above all, lovely.

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3. City Table 65 Exeter St, Boston, MA 02116

Nestled in the heart of Back Bay, you'll find this upscale restaurant with its inventive craft cocktails - try out the pisco sours made with raw egg white and order the cucumber-promegranate for your date - and mixed fare with a heavy American base - short ribs, roast chicken and their signature burger are set alongside Sashimi Tuna Spring Rolls.

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4. The Squealing Pig 134 Smith St, Boston, MA 02120

Wooden tables and bar stools bring a casual vibe to this Irish bar/resto, replete with a 100+ beer selection and actual Irish waitresses on hand to serve them. The menu features Curry and Tuscan fries, a Mars Bar toastie and pizza toppings like grilled shrimp, chorizo and arugula.