There’s a reason that patios and balconies are such coveted apartment perks. They make it easy to get some fresh air without leaving the comfort of your own home, and they’re great entertainment spaces during the warmer months. If you really want to get the most out of your patio or balcony, follow these tips to maximize the space. Opt for multipurpose furniture. In order to create a comfy space to hang out, you’ll have to fill at least some of your patio with furniture. However, you want to keep things as simple as possible, so opt for smaller pieces of furniture that can pull double-duty, such as ottomans that offer both seating and storage. Don’t go overboard. You might be tempted to stuff your balcony full of cushy furniture, but fight that urge. When you’re working with a small space, less is more. Only add as much furniture as
When visitors make their way to Boston this summer, your first stop on a sightseeing extravaganza should be the Skywalk Observatory. Not only is it a sky-high view to get your bearings of your beautiful city, but it also has additional features so that guests can learn what makes Bean Town so special. Start at the theater for presentations of Wings Over Boston and Dreams of Freedom. These two features play on a loop so that guests of the Skywalk can get a bird’s eye view of the city and learn about the important role immigrants play in the past, present, and future of the area. Then take a stroll through the Dreams of Freedom Museum for more on that topic before you head up to the 360-degree panoramic views from the observation deck. There are plenty of audio presentations and informative displays as well to help you get a lay of
Lovejoy Wharf is a labor of love project for popular brewery and coffee roaster Night Shift. The result is a fun, relaxed eatery suitable for any time of the day. The coffee bar opens bright and early at 6 a.m. each day to serve their house-roasted, fresh coffee and hearty breakfast sandwiches on brioche buns or big, crumbly muffins. The lunch and dinner menu has sharable plates if you’re just in for a pint, as well as creative sandwiches and salads. Late night eats include classy bar food like barbecue chicken flatbread, beer cheese and bacon fries, and more. The beer coolers are always stocked if you’re stopping in to re-up your fridge, or you can enjoy an impressive selection of over two dozen draft beers. Lovejoy Wharf is family-friendly, and even welcomes four-legged friends on the waterfront patio seating area. The next time you’re in search of someplace to
The hugely popular Patios at City Hall Plaza pop-up park is back again for the 2019 summer season. From now through Labor Day, you’ll be able to kick back and relax on Boston City Hall Plaza while you enjoy beer, margaritas and plenty of great food. Just like last year, the Patios will be home to the Bittersweet Homestead farmer’s market and a parade of after-work food trucks serving up plenty of tasty meals. This year the Patios are also adding the option to grill your own meal on one of the four electric grills that are being installed. The Patios are also going to be fully outfitted with Wi-Fi and power outlets so that you can get some work done while enjoying the sun and fresh air. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax over a beer with friends or want to get out of the office to
Leave your preconceived notions about heavy Italian food at the door when you visit newly opened Casareece. Their Mediterranean fare focuses on what’s fresh and local, and the result is a menu of food that celebrates the lighter side of Italian cuisine. Start with pan roasted mussels or clams, or a caprese salad made with the simplest ingredients. The pastas are a must — they’re all made daily in house, and are topped with options like basil pesto, rich Bolognese or San Marzano tomatoes. Most of the pastas certainly constitute a meal when tossed with seafood or meat, but they also have traditional entrees like veal saltimbocca or parmigiana to make your decision on what to order especially tough. Expect a relaxed, café-style setting and especially warm service complements of an accommodating wait staff. Casareece is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and it’s easy to locate in
Boston’s Little Italy has lots of different dining styles, but there’s something truly special about the newly opened Table. This small homestyle restaurant offers one or two nightly seatings, with a multi-course meal for one flat price. Chef and owner Jen Royle presents her favorite dishes, much like a loving aunt serves her family. Dish after dish pours out of the kitchen, from appetizers to fresh seafood, rich pastas, traditional meat courses and finally, a classic dessert. Dinner is currently available from Thursday through Saturday only, and Table is also a dry restaurant (BYOB is prohibited). There’s a Sunday brunch starting at 11 a.m., with self-serve coffee and multiple courses of sweet and savory breakfast fare. Be sure to make reservations and contact the team in advance if you have dietary restrictions. Table is also available for group dining and private events.