Seaport

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.

Chickadee

When Chickadee opened, it flew into a headwind of high expectations. Co-owned by Boston industry veterans Ted Kilpatrick and John DaSilva, the restaurant has lived up to the hype. The decor is beautiful and sleek, while the food—New England with a dash of the Mediterranean—is elegant and refined without pretension. Don’t miss the Roasted Porchetta, a gorgeous crispy spiral of pork adorned with a salad of watermelon, jalapeño, and fried peanuts. We also love the Lumache pasta (get the half portion and leave room to try more things!) with its vibrant fava beans, lamb sugo, and a dollop of labneh nestled on top.

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 they’ve been one-part fresh seafood shop and one-part restaurant; grab a lobster roll (hot, cold, or fried) for now or a couple of live lobsters for steaming later. The menu features all the classics, from Fried Clams to Steamers, plus specialty hits like Blackened Tuna Sandwich with cucumber wasabi 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.

Cisco Brewers

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For those who can’t make a visit to the original Cisco Brewers on Nantucket this summer, there’s still a little piece of island magic in the city. This Cisco outpost 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 (including Flatbread, Luke’s Lobster, and Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar). 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. This outpost of the Israeli-inspired bakery 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 to the pier.

Committee

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 Spread served with phyllo crackers. But is also incorporates creative mashups like the Bao ‘Gyro’ and Sushi Dolmades (a.k.a. sushi-stuffed grape leaves). Opa!

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