Though he graduated with a degree in English and political science, John Manion decided to abandon his burgeoning public relations career to pursue a love of cooking full-time, eventually turning a popular Brazilian pop-up into the successful Chicago restaurant, La Sirena Clandestina.
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HIGH STREET ON HUDSON is a spinoff of the award-winning Philadelphia hot spot and serves a locally focused variation of the original American menu. Modern light fixtures and a stunning open kitchen create an urban vibe, but it’s the map of Manhattan — an abstract mural of The Big Apple on the dining room wall — that makes guests feel at right home.
PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR serves New American comfort food, featuring a notable gourmet burger selection to complement its craft beer, fun cocktails and sodas. The lively, casual gastropub boasts a retro-chic vibe in each of its three locations — Fairfax, Sawtelle and Downtown — for burger fans all over LA.
Whether it’s an anniversary, first date or just a Saturday night, who among us doesn’t want to make a great impression on a date? You’ve got enough to worry about (what with the outfit and conversation), so let us help you with the meal. No need to chance it on subpar dishes or amateurly mixed cocktails — we’re here to help you find the perfect spot that’s sure to knock some socks off. Here are a few of the restaurants that make our hearts skip a beat.
MONSIEUR BENJAMIN is a modern restaurant inspired by Parisian bistro culture and French culinary traditions. Seafood, small and large plates, cheeses and desserts are all on offer, with wines, beers, cocktails and spirits composing the extensive drink list. Industrial-chic decor is complete with high ceilings, steel accents, giant windows and a marble-topped bar.
The dining experience doesn’t always begin and end at the table. A great meal may start at the bar — where an aperitif can excite the appetite — and end with an after dinner drink, rounding out a fun night. Boston’s cocktail scene is burgeoning, and several places have distinguished themselves on the strength of their bar programs. Here are a few awesome spots to enjoy a spirited beverage:
LUCCA BACK BAY — the sister restaurant of Lucca in the North End — serves classic Italian fare with a local, contemporary twist. The sleek space features floor-to-ceiling windows and offers two dining settings: an elegant dining room and a cozy lounge. In addition to its homemade pastas and breads, the restaurant serves a late-night menu and extensive beverage program.
THE MAIDEN complements its drink list with an outstanding cheese and charcuterie selection, as well as a select menu of raw items, appetizers and entrees. In addition to great wines, the relaxed, intimate spot also offers regional draft beers and inventive cocktails.
SPARROW BAR AND KITCHEN is a loftlike eatery serving healthy, locally sourced New American dishes and craft brews. The two-level spot boasts a contemporary, relaxed vibe with colorful pillows and prints, dark metal accents, and a heated redwood patio deck.