THINGS TO DO IN BOSTON
In the Neighborhood
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is at once an intimate collection
of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for
contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a
stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of
galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the museum
provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Isabella
Stewart Gardner Museum's preeminent collection contains more than
2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare
books and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the
most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt,
Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Sargent.
The spirit of the architecture, the personal character of the arrangements
and the artistic display of the enchanting courtyard in full bloom all create
an atmosphere that distinguishes the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as an intimate and culturally-rich treasure.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is located right next door to Simmons College at 280 The Fenway (enter on Evans Way).
Museum of Fine Arts Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is one of the most comprehensive
art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000
works of art. We welcome more than one million visitors each year to
experience art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special
exhibitions, and innovative educational programs. Highlights from
the past year include the opening of a new wing dedicated to Art of
the Americas and a new Contemporary Art wing. Special exhibitions
happening during the conference include Samurai Armor
and Michelangelo Sacred and Profane Master Drawings
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is located around the corner from
Simmons College. There is an entrance on The Fenway.
Fenway Park, Home of the Boston Red Sox
Visit the park where the Babe pitched, The Kid hit, Yaz dazzled
and today's stars still thrill Red Sox Nation. Fenway Park Tours
provide a 50 minute historic walking tour of the ballpark, guided
by an official Fenway Park Tour Guide. Or, try to get tickets to a
game; the Red Sox will play at Fenway Friday-Sunday 5/10-5/12.
Fenway Park is located within a 10-15 minute walk from Simmons
College and is located at 4 Yawkey Way. The neighborhood is filled with fun sports bars if you can’t score a ticket!
The Emerald Necklace
It took civic visionary Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. almost twenty years (1878-1896) to create the
six parks and waterways now known as the Emerald Necklace. The Arnold Arboretum, Back
Bay Fens, Franklin Park, Jamaica Pond, Olmsted Park, and the Riverway stretch five miles
from the Charles River to Dorchester and make up over 1,000 acres of parkland. The Emerald
Necklace is the only remaining intact linear park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr.,
America's first landscape architect. As such, it is listed on the National Register of Historic
Places. Green and open spaces, rivers and ponds, and a wealth and diversity of trees, shrubs,
flowers, wildlife habitat, riparian life, bridges and other structures make up this urban jewel.
Walking and jogging trails in the Back Back Fens area of the Emerald Necklace are located
right outside Simmons College’s front door at 300 The Fenway.
The Boston Pops
Affectionately known as "America's Orchestra," the Boston Pops is the
most recorded and arguably the most beloved orchestra in the country,
beginning with the establishment of the modern-era Pops by Arthur Fiedler
and continuing through the innovations introduced by John Williams and
the new-millennium Pops spearheaded by Keith Lockhart. According to
Lockhart, “The Boston Pops Orchestra performs the best music of the past
and present, appealing to the widest possible audience with a broad
spectrum of styles, from jazz to pop, indie rock to big band, film music
to the great American songbook, and Broadway to classical, making it
the perfect orchestra for people who don't know they like orchestras!”
Join the Boston Pops in Boston’s historic Symphony Hall, designed by
McKim, Mead & White. The Pops is doing a Cole Porter Tribute on the
evenings of June 5th, 6th, and 8th.
Symphony Hall is located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue, within a 10-15 minute walk from Simmons College.
The Freedom Trail
Welcome to the Freedom Trail. There is no other place in the United States
where you can take in the rich history of America’s Revolution — the events
that led up to the historic break from Britain and the brave people who
shaped our national government. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick
walking trail that leads you to 16 nationally significant historic sites, everyone
an authentic American treasure. Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of
Boston in 1958, when the wrecking ball threatened, the Freedom Trail today
is a unique collection of museums, churches, meeting houses, burying
grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American
Revolution and beyond.
Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market
There's a magical place in the center of Boston like no other - Faneuil Hall Marketplace. As
alive today as it was in 1742 when our nation's fathers proclaimed it "The Cradle of Liberty,"
it combines the glories of Boston's past with the urban sophistication of the city today.
Located in the heart of downtown Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is the nation’s premier
urban marketplace. It combines the glories of the past and vitality of the present, with 49
shops, 44 pushcarts, 13 full service restaurants, and 35 food stalls. Across the street from
Boston’s waterfront, the Marketplace is comprised of three restored 19th century buildings.
A blend of Neoclassic and Greek Revival architecture, the complex is a beautiful
representation of old Boston, tastefully enhanced by urban contemporary additions. Ethnic
foods, unique gifts and street performers are just a few elements that make the cobblestone
streets of Faneuil Hall Marketplace such a festive and special restaurants and pubs feature
varied menus, and are open for lunch and dinner. During the warm weather, the outdoor cafes
are a perfect spot to relax and have a meal or appetizer and drink.
New England Aquarium
Take a trip to exotic waters and experience more than 70 exhibits featuring aquatic
animals from around the world. Greet the African penguins as you enter, feel the
smooth wing of a cownose ray and then wind your way around the four-story Giant
Ocean Tank, home to a huge Caribbean coral reef. Go out back to see the Northern
fur seals in action in their open-air exhibit, and be sure to visit the Atlantic harbor
seals out front.
Boston Museum of Science
Long respected as a leader in science education, the Museum of Science promotes
thoughtful participation in today's increasingly technological society. With over 700
permanent exhibits, and an ever-changing cavalcade of touring exhibits, films, and
shows, groups can encounter the fresh and unfamiliar, ask questions, and actively
address the provocative issues raised by innovations in science and technology.
Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art strives to share the pleasures of reflection,
inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through
public access to art, artists, and the creative process. A special exhibition
featuring the art of graffiti artist Barry McGee
will be on view during the conference.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Located on a ten-acre park, overlooking the sea that he loved and the city that
launched him to greatness, the Library stands as a vibrant tribute to the life and
times of John F. Kennedy. Come tour our Museum which portrays the life,
leadership, and legacy of President Kennedy, conveys his enthusiasm for
politics and public service, and illustrates the nature of the office of the President.
Prudential Center Skywalk Observatory and the Shops
at Prudential Center
Visit the Skywalk Observatory, Boston's only sky-high vantage point for sweeping 360
degree views of Greater Boston and beyond. Let your eyes and ears do the walking
as you experience the exclusive state-of-the-art Acoustiguide audio tour detailing the
city's many points of historic and cultural interest.Downstairs, you'll find unique
shopping, including places like Vineyard Vines, Lacoste, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth
Avenue, Sephora, and Arden B. Plus you'll find a variety of popular activities, and
restaurants such as Haru and Wagamama, and it's all under one roof. The Shops
at Prudential Center. Easy to get to, and easy to get anywhere from. It should be the
starting point of every Boston visit.
Boston Duck Tours
You've never toured Boston in anything that comes close to Boston Duck Tours.
The fun begins as soon as you board your "DUCK", a W.W.II style amphibious
landing vehicle. First, you'll be greeted by one of our legendary tour ConDUCKtors,
who'll be narrating your tour. Then you're off on a journey like you've never had
before. You'll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom
and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD
Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig,
Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the
Prudential Tower, and more. And, as the best of Boston unfolds before your eyes,
your ConDUCKtor will be giving you lots of little known facts and interesting insights about our unique and wonderful city.
Newbury Street Shopping
Boston's most enchanting street. Eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and
fabulous dining. Located in the historic Back Bay, Boston's Newbury Street has
something for everyone. Newbury Street shows an individuality and uniqueness
that is lacking in so many other commercial districts. Broad sidewalks,
storefronts that extend into the sidewalk and street vendors all encourage a wide
mix of people to traverse the street. Ultimately, Newbury Street embodies a rich
urban and retail environment not often found in American cities.
RESTAURANTS AND BARS
There are many options for dining in the neighborhood surrounding Simmons College and further afield in Boston’s historic neighborhoods. Reservations are strongly encouraged, especially for restaurants in the neighborhood on Tuesday June 5th – Sunday June 10th, as the Red Sox are at home and the Fenway/Kenmore Square neighborhood restaurants and bars get very busy. Call ahead!
The Fenway/Kenmore Square neighborhood is generally safe for walking; although walking/jogging through the parks after dark is not recommended.
Taxi’s are readily available for flagging down on the street or may be requested by calling them. There are seven authorized cab associations in Boston:
Boston Cab 617-536-3200
I.T.O.A. Cab 617-825-4000
City Cab 617-536-5100
Metro Cab 617-782-5500
Tunnel Taxi 617-567-2700
617TaxiCab Inc 617-TAXI-CAB
Main Campus Building, ground floor
Offers coffee, teas, lattés, espresso, coffee specialty drinks as well as pastries and freshly prepared sandwiches. Grab a coffee and bagel or curl up in one of the many couches with a latte. The area surrounding Java City features iMac computers with free wireless access for use throughout the day.
Main Campus Building, lower level.
The Fens offers favorites like grilled steak tips, chicken quesadillas, pizza, veggie calzones, a deli, and an extensive salad bar. Don't have time to wait? The Fens Cafe has a great selection of grab-and-go items to hit the spot even when you're on the run!
Lefavour Hall/Library Building, ground floor
Features Starbucks coffee and fair trade and organically grown coffee from Pura Vida, a 100% charitably owned company which uses all of its resources to help benefit at-risk children and their families in coffee-growing countries. You can choose from a variety of house-made lunch specialties as a perfect complement to your coffee.
School of Management Vending Machines
School of Management Building, ground floor
Features sodas, waters, and snacks
IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
BOSTON’S FENWAY/KENMORE SQUARE NEIGHBORHOOD
Perhaps most recognized as the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox,
Fenway/Kenmore also boasts many of the City's top cultural institutions, including the
Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. Fenway/Kenmore also has a strong academic
presence, including Boston Latin School, America's first public school, as well as several
institutions of higher learning. Many of these undergraduate students, as well as young
people throughout the city, are drawn to the lively bars and clubs along Lansdowne Street.
The Fenway is another central thoroughfare that encircles the Back Bay Fens, the
neighborhood's preeminent green space, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.
283 Longwood Avenue, Boston
This is the closest Starbucks to campus and is across the street from the Best Western The Inn at Longwood Medical.
280 The Fenway, Boston (enter on Evans Way)
Since 2002, The Gardner Café, now Café G, located inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum located next
door to Simmons College on The Fenway has served up an inspired lunch menu and award-winning desserts—
including a seasonal bread pudding named “Boston’s Best Indulgence” by The Improper Bostonian—under the
leadership of Chef/Owner Peter Crowley. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Crowley has earned
accolades from the media and patrons alike for his innovative and elegant culinary delights. Café G is a great
place to grab a coffee and relax during the conference.
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 3 pm; 5 pm - 1am; Sun 11:30 am -11pm
Pull up a chair and pop a cold one. Sweet Cheeks is the American south north of the Mason Dixon, it's my backyard as a kid. It's the heady smell of smoked meat delivered with a sweet smile. It's everything I love about what food can be and who we can be with food; disarming, comforting, convivial and fun. We trucked through the Texas BBQ trail for food inspiration by the best and brightest. We fell in love. Hard. Dan said it best when we got back. He said, very simply, "A short rib changed my life". What we ate in Texas changed everything. It keeps me up at night. It set the bar. It's our job to bring that to you at Sweet Cheeks every day.
1338 Boylston Street, Boston
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am - 3pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-3pm
Dinner Sun-Thurs: 3pm-11:30pm, Fri-Sat 3pm-12:45pm
Basho is the first modern Japanese brasserie to hit Boston, serving the freshest and most high-quality ingredients and sushi (flown in daily from around the world). With a variety of seating options—from communal tables, a private dining “cocoon” and intimate corners to a sushi bar, raw bar and sleek, wraparound liquor bar—Basho pulses with the raw energy of the city from opening to close.
1260 Boylston Street, Boston
Open for lunch & dinner, 7 days a week
Sweet Caroline's is Fenway's newest restaurant & bar! This 4,000 square foot multi-level space boasts reclaimed farm wood, rich earthy tones and some of the finest handcrafted American/comfort food Boston has seen in years. Along with 11 HD flat screens and 3 100 inch projectors, we have state of the art sound, lighting & audio/visual capabilities, making us a turnkey solution for all aspects of entertaining. Our lower level dining room features floor to ceiling windows overlooking our patio and Boston's largest live, vertical garden complete with irrigation system – our very own Green Monster! A must see…
1310 Boylston Street, Boston
Daily 5PM - 2AM
The Citizen Pub is a modern neighborhood tavern located behind Fenway Park. Chef Brian Reyelt’s menu is a fresh twist on Tavern Cuisine. The bar features craft cocktails, world-class wines, a selection of 75 whiskeys and local micro-brews. We serve our full menu every night until 12:30 AM in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Drop by and join us anytime.
The Fenway, Boston
Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, 1st Floor
Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Our new cafe and wine bar, debuts September 18, 2011 with coffee, espresso drinks, a selection of wines, and light food options.
Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, 2nd Floor
Lunch Mondays through Fridays, 11:30 a.m.to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner Wednesdays through Fridays 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Bravo offers seasonally inspired, artfully prepared cuisine marked with an emphasis on sustainable, local ingredients. Award-winning wine list, casual-contemporary atmosphere.
New American Café
Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard adjacent to the new Art of the Americas Wing
Saturdays through Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The New American Café serves a variety of hot and cold small plates, signature entrées, and salads. Hand-crafted soups, decadent desserts, and creative regional dishes from the Americas are prepared using fresh, local ingredients. The café offers a unique selection of regional American wines, microbrew beers, gourmet teas, and espresso.
468 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
Many restaurants nowadays refer to themselves as bistros, despite the fact that their food, ambiance and prices are at odds with the true definition of the term. In France, a bistro is where blue collar workers go to eat homestyle fare at very modest prices; it is often served on bare wood or with draught beer and vin ordinaire. Daily blackboard specials are prepared by Chef Jacky Robert, whose career and reputation are well-known to both Boston and west coast diners. Manager Loic Le Garrec is a native of Brittany and a veteran of Boston and New York’s top dining rooms.
528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
Mon-Sun 7 am - 2 am
Eastern Standard is an American Brasserie located in the heart of Kenmore Square, featuring a heated patio and the longest marble bar in Boston. At Eastern Standard we strive to re-create every guest’s expectations. As you enter the restaurant you will be warmly greeted by a staff whose main goal is to make your dining experience among the best you have ever had. Guests can depend on the eclectic wine list to be approachable and unpretentious. We offer a full bar featuring 61 delicious classic cocktails from around the world and Eastern Standard originals. From the house made Charcuterie to the sweet and spicy Banana Rum Savarin, your dining experience at Eastern Standard will keep you coming back again and again!
500 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston (located in the Hotel Commonwealth)
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm -1:00 am, Sun 10:30 am -1:00 pm
We opened the Island Creek Oyster Bar to bring the restaurant to the farmer. It’s a collaboration joining farmer, chef, and diner in one space. We welcome guests to get to know their oyster grower, harvester, winemaker, distiller, brewer, and fisherman. One meal at a time. A hybrid of New England shore food and creative, seasonally influenced seafood, our menu reflects our sensibility, printed just before service to ensure that we’re presenting the freshest ingredients possible. Our fish selections and oyster list change daily depending on what’s coming off the water while our New England classics, like steamed lobster caught by chef’s cousin Mark in Maine, and Mrs. Bennett’s seafood casserole, can be found here regularly. For a sampling of plates to share, look to the left or, settle in with a couple of substantial entree selections from the right.
900 Beacon Street, Boston
Lunch Sunday-Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner Sunday-Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Cambodian and French$$$
Our Cambodian and French theme is an authentic reflection of our founders’ Cambodian ethnic and French cultural heritages. - We apologize [sort of!] for not being terribly easy to define. Frankly, we struggle with our identity a bit ourselves because The Elephant Walk is really a tapestry woven of so many different and distinct personal histories. Our bi-cultural menus satisfy our diverse clientele’s many hungers for both exotic - Cambodian, for the most part - and familiar dishes - French, mostly -and for a broad range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free choices. Our award-winning wine lists add polish to your dining experience; our knowledgeable and personable service staff serve up the charm.
914 Beacon Street, Boston
Sunday - Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11pm
Mexican and Spanish$$
Welcome to Sol Azteca, one of the oldest mom-and-pop Mexican restaurants in Boston. We continually strive
to bring you authentic Mexican food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We are proud to use many fresh
ingredients, sauces made daily, hand-made desserts, and some of the tastiest margaritas around! We look
forward to making your dining experience memorable!
Mon-Fri 5pm - Midnight; Sat-Sun 11am - Midnight
If your idea of heaven includes a sinful cocktail, seasonal comfort food and rock n’ roll to raise your spirit, Church is your neighborhood sanctuary. Chef de Cuisine Jon Gilman teams up with Culinary Director Laura Henry-Zoubir to offer guests creative comfort food but now with an emphasis on seasonal and local New England cuisine Enjoy shared plates, bar bites and entrees in an urban chic setting. Church features a lengthy selection of beers from skilled local craft brewers as well as international brands. The award-winning Seven Deadly Sins cocktails and the new Four Horseman of the Apocalypse drink menu will send even the most innocent clamoring for the confession booth.
On the other side of Church is a 225 person capacity, full-fledged music venue adorned with original artwork. The stage plays host to many local and touring artists, with every type of music passing through. Be sure to check our calendar in the club section for upcoming events. Pool tables and several plasma televisions are also in the club, showing every Boston sporting event. So if you don’t want to pay at Fenway, you can enjoy the game in the shadows of the park at Church.
62 Brookline Ave, Boston
Mon - Wed: 11:30am - 1am; Thu - Fri 11:30am - 2am; Sat 11am - 2am; Sun 11am - 1am
The now World Famous Cask 'n Flagon began as a small neighborhood bar known as Olivers. What was once known as the little bar on the corner of Brookline Avenue is now a landmark location for diehard Red Sox fans, college students, locals and tourists. Mention the Cask 'n Flagon anywhere, anytime to anyone and chances are they have probably been here. Many have said that the Cask 'n Flagon is as synonymous to Fenway Park as the infamous Green Monster and the Citgo sign. After thirty-five years, the Cask'n Flagon still holds the heart of Boston. Its walls are filled with black and white photographs of old time baseball greats. Through the memories, in these photographs, history comes alive. With its nostalgic atmosphere, outstanding staff and its commitment to the best customer service possible, the entire team at the Cask 'n Flagon is determined to provide you with a great experience no matter what your occasion may be.
BOSTON’S BACK BAY NEIGHBORHOOD
It's easy to understand why the Back Bay is one of America's most desirable
neighborhoods. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue
are lined with unique shops, trendy restaurants and vintage homes, making the
Back Bay an extremely fashionable destination for Boston residents and visitors.
In fact, it's not uncommon to spot celebrities strolling up and down these
picturesque streets. This bustling neighborhood also houses the two tallest
members of Boston's skyline, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower,
in addition to architectural treasures such as Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.
Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 1 am; Sat-Sun 11 am - 1 am
Sonsie celebrates eighteen years on Boston’s famous Newbury Street serving top-notch International cuisine from award-winning Chef Bill Poirier. Sonsie boasts beautiful French doors that translate to an open sidewalk cafe in season, as well as a European lounge with deep leather chairs and sofas. The mahogany bar serves the best martinis in town from an experienced lot of friendly bartenders and the brick-oven churns out eclectic pizzas and focaccia throughout the day. It is easy to relax at Sonsie and enjoy the classic music that reflects the ambience of the restaurant as day progresses into night. Chef Poirier’s menu always introduces fresh flavors and brilliant food combinations.
190 Newbury St, Boston
Mon-Fri 11:30 am - 11 pm; Sat 11 am - 11pm; Sun 10 am - 10 pm
Since its opening in 1994, Stephanie's has been an institution in the heart of Boston's Back Bay. The upscale Newbury Street location offers shoppers, tourists, business travelers and locals a hearty meal in a cozy banquette or street-side with a perfect view for people-watching. Owner Stephanie Sokolove serves "sophisticated comfort food" in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The restaurant features a sidewalk cafe, club-like bar, cozy fireplace and sky-lit dining area.
BOSTON’S BEACON HILL NEIGHBORHOOD
One of Boston's oldest communities, Beacon Hill gets its name from a beacon that
once stood atop its hill to warn locals about foreign invasion. Its architecture and
layout is reflective of old colonial Boston, consisting of brick row houses with beautiful
doors, decorative iron work, brick sidewalks, narrow streets, and gas lamps. Beacon
Hill is also home to the Massachusetts State House and America's first African
Meeting House. Charles Street, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare, is lined with
antique shops and restaurants. Beacon Hill has been home to many notable
Americans, including Louisa May Alcott, Oliver Wendell Homes, Daniel Webster,
Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and Senator John Kerry.
25 Charles Street, Boston
Breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week
The award-winning Beacon Hill Bistro has received national and international praise. The modern, yet classic Bistro environment is the perfect complement to the cuisine of Executive Chef Joshua Lewin. Josh crafts menus calling on contemporary and traditional French bistro cuisine, with a special emphasis on local organic production and the bounty New England has to offer. From the sourcing of the ingredients to the selection of wines to the three types of bread we bake daily, Beacon Hill Bistro strives for excellence across all domains. While breakfast and lunch have an American/International flavor, at dinner the accent is decidedly French. The fireplace bar is the perfect beginning (or ending) to any evening.
26 Charles Street, Boston
Monday - Thursday 12:00 noon - 10:00 PM, Friday 12 noon - 11 PM,
Saturday 11am - 11 PM, Sunday 11am - 10 PM
Bin 26 Enoteca is a Beacon Hill neighborhood restaurant with a seasonally driven menu and wine list. Bin 26 Enoteca boasts an international wine list with over sixty wines by glass and over two hundred wines by bottles. Guests can simply drop in for an informal dish of pasta or more formal, multi-course, haute cuisine.
BOSTON’S SOUTH END NEIGHBORHOOD
Located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay, in recent years the South
End has become one of Boston's most popular neighborhoods. It has attracted a
diverse blend of young professionals, families and a vibrant gay and lesbian
population to this Boston Landmark District. You will be sure to notice the South
End's renowned Victorian brownstone buildings and homes as you walk along
Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Some of Boston’s
finest restaurants, a thriving arts community and nearly 30 parks also call the South
1704 Washington Street, Boston
Mon-Fri 12 pm - 2 pm: Fri-Sat 4:30 pm - 1 am; Sun 10:30am - 2:30pm
Toro is a Barcelona-style tapas restaurant located in Boston's South End. We serve traditional and modern Spanish-style small plates made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Our beverage program features classic-inspired cocktails and an eclectic, all-Spanish wine list. Due to our small size we are unable to accommodate reservations at dinner; we seat all parties on a first-come, first serve basis. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free menus are available by request.
569 Tremont Street, Boston
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3pm, Sat-Sun: 10am - 3pm
Dinner Sun-Wed: 5:30 - 10pm, Thu-Sat: 5:30 - 11pm
Aquitaine Bar à Vin Bistrot has established itself as the premier French Bistro in the South End. Inspired by Parisian neighborhood bistros, award-winning Aquitaine offers an authentic French dining experience. Executive Chef/Owner Seth Woods has forged a path in the Boston restaurant scene for innovative, yet traditional French cuisine. Aquitaine's ambiance echoes the cutting-edge sophistication of a modern Parisian Bistro. Aquitaine's wine program is ambitious in both pricing and structure. Carefully selected offerings cover all the important French wine regions, as well as the classic big California houses and boutique wine houses.
BOSTON’S NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD
Home to American patriot Paul Revere, the North End (Boston’s Little Italy) is
one of Boston's most historic neighborhoods. Traditionally a first stop for
immigrants arriving in Boston, the North End is most well known as an enclave
of Italian immigrants. Today the North End is populated by a mixture of Italian
Americans and young professionals who are attracted to the neighborhood's
tight-knit feel and access to downtown. Tourists come from near and far to
sample authentic Italian cuisine, enjoy a cannoli or a cappuccino, and explore
its narrow streets. In recent years, a number of boutiques have opened in the
North End specializing in everything from trendy clothing to jewelry. The North
End also offers access to Boston's waterfront along Commercial Street.
Residents and visitors can enjoy strolling and relaxing in the newly renovated
Christopher Columbus Park, and during summer evenings the park is host to
a performing arts series.
Regardless of where you eat in the North End, be sure to finish your meal with a stop at Modern Pastry or Mike’s Pastry (both on Hanover Street) for traditional and delicious Italian desserts and espresso.
417 Hanover Street, Boston
Whaddayaget when you cross the coolest new nightspot in Boston with the biggest, best, most delicious meatballs in the North End? Answer: Nico Ristorante. Opened last August, this two-floor restaurant is the brain child of noted Boston Restaurateur Nick Varano, owner of the highly-esteemed Strega Ristorante on Hanover Street. The boldly colored interior is a perfect backdrop for the exciting, superlative, classic Italian fare and innovative creations. The kitchen is under the direction and wizardry of Nico's celebrated chef Salvatore Firicano.
253 Hanover Street, Boston
Tuesday through Thursday, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.,
Marco features the cosmopolitan cuisine of Rome while paying homage to its many regional influences. The menu is built on a foundation of simple, fresh pastas and antipasti, as well as a healthy dose of grilled meat, fish, and poultry dishes. Well-loved favorites like homemade gnocchi with brown butter and sage, veal ossobuco with risotto Milanese, and Lobster scampi are complemented by delectable side dishes such as rosemary roasted potatoes and fried polenta. Marco also features hearty cuts of Florentine steak cooked on the grill and served with sharp rucola and lemon, as well as a large selection of salumi, including prosciutto, bresaola, and capocollo. Marco's dining room décor emphasizes classic simplicity featuring wooden tabletops, exposed brick walls, and elegant hardwood floors. The antique wooden beams running along the ceiling lend the dining room a rustic charm and underscore the calm, clean lines that accentuate the space. Whether guests are celebrating with friends or tucked away in a corner enjoying a candlelit date, this intimate second-story trattoria aims to become a favorite haunt for those who savor bold flavors, good company, and an eclectic selection of Italian wines. Those so inclined, may also take a seat at the wooden food counter running alongside the kitchen and enjoy some antipasti and a glass of wine.