Sophisticated French-New England tasting journeys are offered at Boston fine dining institution L'Espalier, while Bar Boulud from acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud at Mandarin Oriental, Boston serves up French brasserie-style fare, local dishes and charcuterie. The neighbouring Prudential Center houses Mario Batali's multi-floor Italian emporium, Eataly, with everything from a bakery and butcher's to La Piazza, which has a section on the menu dedicated to arancini (risotto balls in a crispy breadcrumb coating), and seafood restaurant Il Pesce, a collaboration with local chef Barbara Lynch. For more of her cuisine, book a table at Menton, where foie gras frankfurters and champagne in the Gold Bar beckon. Elsewhere, chef Jody Adams tempts with fresh catches at Mediterranean-inspired Porto. Courtesy of a roving cocktail cart, elixirs are mixed tableside.
Boston cocktail culture is embodied at Drink in the burgeoning Fort Point district. Its bartenders create personalised tipples. Haley.Henry, a cosy and contemporary Downtown wine bar, has a 50-strong list to enjoy with cheese, anchovies and sardines. Over in in the South End, Wink & Nod is a subterranean speakeasy, with a rotating kitchen that provides up-and-coming chefs with the chance to demonstrate their talent for six months. Mingle with local residents by the gilded fireplace at upscale Yvonne's, or check out the changing exhibitions at Liquid Art House, a restaurant and gallery rolled into one, where the wall art is for sale, as is the hand-blown glass chandelier hanging above the bar.