The best $25 you’ll spend at TD Garden isn’t at the snack bar. Levels 5 and 6 are home to The Sports Museum, an impressive collection of Boston sports memorabilia that also doubles as a non-profit organization giving back to local youth. Your admission price will get you a private tour of the items from an exceptionally knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. No town does sports like Boston, and the guides at The Sports Museum give a tour worthy of the city’s die-hard sports fans. From team photos to jerseys, medals and more, The Sports Museum has it all. They also run community outreach and educational programs to instill the values of respect and cooperation in area kids. Visit The Sports Museum’s website to learn more about their community work, or to purchase tickets to pay a visit. Note: The Sports Museum will close for renovations on June 1 and reopen
Alcove, which opened about two months ago in Boston’s West End overlooking the harbor, is a modern neighborhood eatery serving up cuisine inspired by the New England farm coast. The menu includes raw bar options, hand-sliced charcuterie and cheeseboards, Mediterranean-style snacks like marinated olives, and larger plates including grilled swordfish with eggplant caponata and charred maitake mushrooms over grilled polenta. Alcove also serves a popular weekend brunch with dishes like brioche French toast with Asian pears and maple syrup, and classic steak and eggs with home fries. Alcove has a well-designed interior with textural details like rustic woods, blackened steel, and shiny copper accents. The 260-seat restaurant has a bar-focused lounge with live-edge acacia coffee tables, couches, high-top standing tables, and a few tables at a back-wall banquette. The main dining room has cushioned chairs around custom-built tables with built-in leaves that can expand for up to seven people.