When Chickadee opened, it flew into a headwind of high expectations. Co-owned by Boston industry veterans Ted Kilpatrick and chef John daSilva (both formerly of No. 9 Park), the restaurant has lived up to the hype. The decor is sleek and the cocktails are on point, while the food—New England with a dash of the Mediterranean—is elegant and refined without pretension. Don’t miss the Slow-Roasted Porchetta, a gorgeous crispy spiral of pork adorned with a salad of citrus and herbs. We also love the Crispy Fried Chicken served with labneh ranch and house-made pastas (get the half portion to leave room to try more things!).
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The Seaport’s ongoing facelift is bringing more food—and thus more life—to a part of the city that was ripe for a revival. Perhaps you’re searching for a classic lobster roll. Maybe you want to grab a coffee before strolling through the Institute of Contemporary Art, or you’re in desperate need of a cold beer al fresco after a long workday. Maybe you’re looking for killer cocktails and really good food. Whatever you need, you’ll find it here.
Yankee Lobster Co.
Despite its location in an industrial corner of the Seaport, Yankee Lobster Company has the feel of a great roadside seafood shack. For almost 70 years, this Fish Pier-adjacent spot been one-part fresh seafood shop and one-part restaurant; grab a lobster roll for now or a couple of live lobsters to steam at home later. The menu features all the classics, from hot, cold, or fried Lobster Rolls to Fried Clams and Steamers, plus specialty hits like Ahi Tuna Tacos with pickled slaw and sriracha aioli, and the Yankee Fish Sandwich with cheese, bacon, coleslaw, tomato, and onion. You can always count on a great mix of local beers and ciders to wash it all down.
For those who can’t make a visit to the original Cisco Brewers on Nantucket in the summer, there’s still a little piece of island magic to be found in the city. A seasonal Cisco Brewers outpost in the Seaport is an enclosed but open-air space featuring the beers you know and love—Grey Lady wheat and Whale’s Tale pale ale among them—as well as Nantucket Vineyard wines and local food served out of little shacks scattered around the space. Expect cute dogs, post-work millennials, lively games of corn hole, and if you’re lucky, some live music.
You can always tell when you’re in a Tatte because of the pristine farmhouse-chic aesthetic and the faint hint of butter and coffee permeating the air. That’s true even in the gleaming glass of Boston’s Seaport District. The Pier 4 outpost of the Boston-born, Israeli-inspired bakery chain brings uniform pastry boxes, luscious croissants, simmering Shakshuka (eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce served with homemade bread for sopping), and well-crafted coffee drinks.
With ample seating and outdoor space, Committee is a great gathering spot for after work or weekend brunch. It emulates the taverns and cafes of Greece that encourage shared plates and conversations—both of which pair well with inventive cocktails and Grecian-centric wine list. The menu has distinctly Mediterranean influences with dishes like the sesame-crusted, honey-drizzled Feta and Spanakopita Manti, or snackable dumplings filled with spinach and in a
sun-dried tomato-retsina sauce. But is also incorporates creative mashups like the Bao ‘Gyro’ and GFS (Greek fried chicken). Opa!
Here’s another mainland expansion from Nantucket: A larger, littoral, and even livelier version of the restaurant known as The Nautilus. Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin flavors imbue the seafood-centric menu at Nautilus Pier 4, with shareable plates like Blue Crab Fried Rice, Two Hawaiian Tuna Poke, and sushi-esque Tempura East Coast Oyster Tacos wrapped in nori. The showstopper is the Peking Inspired Whole Roasted Duck, served DIY-style with warm steamed buns. Cocktails are clever and culinary, with local-produce infusions like the strawberry-sweetened Blackout Barbie. The overall vibe? Imagine a mermaid’s favorite haunt, 20,000 leagues beneath the sea.
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