Patisserie on Newbury is a great option if you need to add some variety to your coffee routine around Newbury Street. The French roast was surprisingly tasty and the croissant wasn’t bad considering my geographic location. A few details: seating is limited (3 tables), they do not open until 8am, and they carry a wide variety of specialty goods (but the prices are steep in comparison to other specialty shops).
It’s late, I’m hungry, and then I see Estelle’s – salvation and salivation! A few reasons to love them: they have a mug club; they put chicken liver in their deviled eggs; and they have Hoodsie cups for dessert. I don’t know if I’ll make it through all the beers, but I’m going to try my hardest!
Newly opened Ward 8 is steps away from North Station and I’m relieved since winter has begun in Boston. The cocktails are delightful and the menu is full of great options. We look forward to returning soon (when they’ve had time to settle into the neighborhood).
On our way to Logan Airport and weary of the food, we opt for Rosa Mexicano. Seems like it has changed a bit since I last went a few years ago in New York, the portions are tiny. However, the service was friendly and it was certainly better than our airport dining choices would have been.
Finally, I get myself to Toro! Sure, I had to race there in order to get two seats at the bar at 6pm (practically an early bird special!), but it was well worth the effort! Deciding which items to order proved to be ridiculously difficult, everything sounded amazing. The dishes, cocktails, and wine were superb! By the time 7pm rolled around, the ambiance at the bar became oppressive with the crowd, but other than that, no complaints!
Though Italian may not be my favorite cuisine, Trattoria di Monica is a definite North End gem. The meal was fantastic (great wine specials!), but I’m not sure it was worth the wait (we had a reservation and still had to wait in the cold for twenty minutes, tolerable in the summer, but not winter).