From the restaurant group behind City Table, Gather, and Ned Devine's, Anthem is a tried and true Boston favorite inside Faneuil Hall. The menu has a classic American lineup featuring veggie-laden wood-fired flatbreads, lobster mac & cheese, and a couple of artisan-style burgers. Aside from à la carte comfort food, Anthem serves prix-fixe menus with impressive seafood courses, and the interior features elegant dining rooms equipped with dark leather booths and stone walls.
Instead of celebrating the Chinese New Year like you usually do (by forgetting that it's the Chinese New Year), head to Red Lantern, because A) it kicks the crap out of Red Lobster, and B) they've got a special dim sum menu you're going to want to stuff in your face.
Check out this relaxed American brasserie that's got 60 beers (36 on draft), contemporary comfort eats, and in-house cured and smoked meats.
This cavernous suburban restaurant has all the delicious and mood-setting frills to make sure Burlington is worth the drive. From the house made flavored salts that season the cuts, the tomahawk steak presented tableside, then brought back to the kitchen for carving, to the polenta cakes shaped like little cows that accompany each steak. As far as setting, Bancroft's modern iron and glass decor is a refreshing detour from the standard dark wood and brass, and both the cocktail and wine programs demand you designate someone else to drive home.
Now peddling those delicious French-Viet sandwiches people talk about on Chowhound and more in Downtown Crossing's former Hot Tomatoes, Sa Pa's a communal-table-friendly, lunch-only collab from the chef and owner of nearby Kingston Station that slings one of three plates (pho, banh mi, or bun) topped with a choice of meat that includes sake-cured salmon, slow-braised beef, ginger-lime chicken, and pork meatballs.