“What’s your favorite…” (Part One)

TFAW love you, visitors, but we get the same question every time you are in town.

“What’s your favorite place to eat in Boston/NYC?”

It makes us nervous cause we hate to pick favorites. And, we hate to give you a recommendation without putting some thought into it. So we did just that. In this two part series, we give you the best in Boston and NYC, according to us.

Boston favs according to Miss Niss:

For unique bar food: Five Horses Tavern
Five Horses found the secret to surviving a spot previously occupied by a revolving door of restaurants in Davis Square, Somerville: inventive bar food with healthy, vegetarian, vega, and gluten free options, and an extensive beer menu including 80 bottled beers and 30 rotating beers on draft. From the tater tots, mac and cheese, potato taco and chimichanga from the brunch menu, you can’t make a bad choice here. Closer to the South End than Davis Square? Check out their new second location there instead!

For the best Italian: Giacomo’s
Boston’s North End is so densely populated with Italian restaurants that picking one for dinner can be a daunting task. Let me pick for you. Giacomo’s, located on the main drag Hanover Street, is worth the likely hour wait you will have. The best restaurants don’t need to take reservations, and apparently don’t need a website either! You can’t beat the homemade pasta and fresh seafood.

I must also mention for the best Italian outside of Boston, Fiorella’s in Newton is my absolute favorite. Order anything with marinara sauce (eggplant parm is my go-to) and you will leave happy.

For Italian desserts: Modern Pastry
After dinner at Giacomo’s, skip the tourist line at Mike’s and walk a few steps to Modern Pastry, also on Hanover Street. They fill their cannoli to order with a choice of one of four fillings so you can be sure your cannoli shell is crisp and crunchy, never soggy.

For Chinese: Myers & Chang
Located in the South End, Myers & Chang have reinvented Chinese food. Enjoy the creative twist on your favorites, including the best scallion pancakes ever. For dessert treat yourself to, well, anything. After all, Joanne Chang is also the woman behind Flour, another not-to-miss bakery.

For Mexican: Lolita’s or The Painted Burro
While I may be partial to The Painted Burro in my Davis Square neighborhood, if you like to customize your margarita then this is your spot.  And if you don’t, it’s still a good fit. The cucumber marg is my favorite. In Boston’s Back Bay, Lolita’s serves delicious guacamole and the vibe here will get your ready for your night out, plus the cotton candy served with your bill is a sweet bonus.

For a wine bar: Spoke
New this year to Davis Square, Spoke has filled the hole for the only thing the neighborhood was missing. Wine for every mood, knowledgeable staff, and fun small plates to share (or eat yourself) make Spoke the best new neighbor.

For creative pizza: Za
Mac and cheese pizza. Need I say more?

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