On a tree-lined stretch of Newbury Street in the Back Bay, you’ll find modern Latin cuisine at PURO Ceviche Bar, which opened its doors to the public for the first time earlier this summer. Founded by the same folks who brought you KAVA in the South End, PURO specializes in fine wines, specialty cocktails, and seafood with a Central American flair. The menu features a selection of ceviches, carpaccios, and bocaditos, as well as salads and plenty of oysters, all of which — according to Yelp reviewers — are especially good when accompanied by the kitchen’s signature sweet corn pancakes. Other menu standouts include the fluke crudo and the short rip empanadas. Be aware that Puro doesn’t accept reservations yet, so make sure that you plan accordingly, especially if you want to sit outside on a nice day. Public Domain/Pixabay/piliperiodista
Cultivar, which just opened about seven weeks ago in the Ames Hotel, is a classy and innovative restaurant focused on local and sustainable cuisine. Chef Mary Dupont draws inspiration from her culinary experiences to create a new concept – a menu featuring seasonal and regional ingredients with many items grown in an on-site hydroponic garden. Choose from a selection of seafood with raw bar items, vegetable-forward appetizers, pasta, and meat entrees. One popular dish is the popular Squid Ink Messinesi, consisting of manilla clams, squid, Maine lobster, calabrian chili, bronze fennel, and tomato confit. The restaurant has a unique horticultural theme with tree-branch inspired chandeliers, a Japanese garden suspended from the ceiling, and a 12-seat bar featuring a long slab of live-edge wood. The outdoor patio feels like an urban garden surrounded by lush plants and fire tables. There is also private dining space upstairs that can accommodate 90 seats
There’s no shortage of good seafood in Boston, and although it’s only been open for a couple of months, Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar already promises to be among the city’s seafood hotspots. First of all, there’s the atmosphere: when you enter this British-style pub, you’ll find yourself facing a long and cheerful curved bar lined with bright blue leather stools. The dining room offers plenty of comfortable banquet seating, too, and the overall atmosphere is modern, chic, and trendy. The menu features a number of dressed up bar favorites, like Point Judith calamari with roasted garlic aioli, or sauteed wild mussels served atop grilled crostini. You’ll also find a few truly decadent dishes, like the New England lobster MKT with roasted corn and drawn butter or the black angus center cut fillet with grilled asparagus and marrow butter. Whatever you choose, Yelpers say you should be sure to leave
A mix of soothing sea-foam greens and wave-crest whites wash part of the dining room at North Square Oyster in ocean-inspired hues, an excellent hint at what’s being crafted in the kitchen. True to its name, North Square Oyster brings fresh, regionally sourced seafood to Boston’s North End, and since it only opened two months ago, you’re among the first to discover this new gem. That being said, the lobster roll already has a loyal following. It comes two ways: hot or cold. The cold lobster roll is smothered with mayo, celery, and chives, while the hot lobster roll features brown butter. Another popular option is the lobster and oxtail Bolognese, which comes in half and whole servings. Its house-made rigatoni swims with the lobster and oxtail, plus parsnips, ricotta cheese, and rosemary. Of course, with a name like North Square Oyster, guests can also expect an impressive raw bar.
Blackbird Doughnuts is a gourmet doughnut shop offering unique flavors along with classic favorites made with as many natural and locally-sourced ingredients as possible. Their doughnuts are baked on-site from scratch using brioche dough for an airy, fluffy texture, and then topped with a variety of house-made glazes and frostings. For an interesting, savory experience, try the Everything Bagel Doughnut, which is filled with whipped cream cheese and topped with toasted garlic, onion, sesame, and poppy seeds. Other favorite flavors include Peach Jam Bismarck, Cold Brew Coconut, Lemon Berry Swirl, and Triple Chocolate. In addition to doughnuts, Blackbird also serves soft-serve ice cream, ice cream sandwiches (made with any doughnut of your choice!), doughnut cakes, and coffee and tea. The eatery boasts a large glass wall that offers a full view of the kitchen, white subway tile, and a birdcage chandelier. CC-BY-SA-2.0/Flickr Javcon117*
The Franklin Park Zoo, located on Franklin Park Road in Boston, is one of the area’s best places to learn about animals from all around the world. This 72-acre space is a great place for animal lovers of all ages to spend a day watching and learning about wildlife. This zoo is open all year long and there’s never really a bad time to go, but the programming really ramps up in the summertime. This is when you can enjoy a number of incredible events, from zookeeper chats to meals with animal friends to behind-the-scenes tours that are great for interacting with animals in a whole new way. Franklin Park Zoo is also a great place for a party or private event. With several venues available to rent, along with a whole host of services (including catering) to choose from, this could be the place to make your next occasion