There’s just something about the vibe of Taste Wine Bar & Cafe that’s instantly calming; with warm colors, hardwood tables, marble counters and brick accents, it’s the type of place where you’ll want to stay a while. Whether you want to head over to split a bottle with friends or do a tasting to discover a new favorite, Taste Wine Bar & Cafe offers a little bit of everything. During the week, Taste Wine Bar hosts fun events like blind tastings, trivia challenges, bakery pop-ups and lots more. On any given day, you’ll be greeted by gorgeous charcuterie boards and plenty of small plates to accompany your favorite glass of wine. If you’re in the mood for a meal, the curry farro and pan-seared salmon with cucumber and walnuts are both popular dishes. Whether you’re looking to eat, drink or both, Taste Wine Bar is the perfect spot to wind
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.
Back Bay residents are in for a treat. Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar just opened another cafe in the area, and it brings the same high class food, drinks, and ambiance as their other popular locations. The Back Bay spot might be the most stylish one yet, with plenty of natural light, cozy seating, and a modern and fresh aesthetic. They have a premium selection of coffees, teas, and wines, as well as a food menu that’s more diverse than you may be expecting. Jaho Coffee Roaster & Wine Bar is equally as good for grab-and-go coffee and breakfast when you’re on your way to work as it is for a sit-down meal when you’re craving a nice drink and upscale food. This isn’t your usual cafe fare; the beautiful décor and fine food and drinks make up for the extra few dollars you’ll spend here. Jaho Coffee Roaster &
There’s a new fast casual option in the Financial District, and its savory blend of Mediterranean flavors will make it your new go-to spot. Aceituna Grill specializes in build-your-own rice plates, salads, and pita roll-ups topped with traditional shawarma meats and vegetarian falafel. Choose from a beef and lamb blend, or chicken (spicy or regular) marinated and then slowly cooked on the vertical grill. Portions are sliced off per order, and then finished with your choice of toppings like hummus, tabbouleh, fattoush, and more. The Greek sides are a highlight at Aceituna Grill, and are so fresh and flavorful you might just want to take home a few to stash in your fridge. Find Aceituna Grill on Federal Street between Sullivan Place and Matthews Street. Enjoy their indoor and outdoor seating Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Catering is available, and you can also order online directly from
The owners of Love Art Udon came up with the concept of their restaurant in response to the popularity of ramen in Boston and around the country. Jessica Chiep and Ronald Liu, who also own Love Art Sushi, wanted to bring more attention to udon, hoping to make the comforting Japanese noodle dish more prevalent. Since opening in the fall of 2018, diners have taken notice. It has a fast-casual concept: customers order at the counter, starting with a base bowl of udon noodles. From there, they can select a broth or a sauce, like the traditional soy dashi, spicy miso, or clam chowder, in an homage to the restaurant’s home. Diners can pair their noodles with shrimp or sweet potato tempura. If you dine in, you’ll get to enjoy the street art and anime-influenced mural that takes up a huge section of wall in the seating area.