Do you dream of jetting off to Europe on a moment’s notice? Maybe it’s backpacking through Asia you crave, or sailing through the Caribbean islands, lazily lingering over a beachy drink in the briny ocean air. While we can’t all escape to our dream destinations this weekend, a few choice restaurants offer a delicious taste of adventure — enough to make you feel magically transported for an evening (and cheaper than a flight to Paris)!
So grab a date or group of friends and head to these spots for a fun night out:
Doi Moi serves creative Southeast Asian fare — including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes — inspired by the region’s street stands and stalls. The restaurant features white oak decor, whitewashed brick walls and an open kitchen, and boasts a chic, bustling environment. A carefully curated wine list is offered, in addition to a select menu of unconventional cocktails and beers.
Prubechu — meaning “you’re welcome” in Chamorro — offers Guam-influenced fare and drinks. Chef Shawn Naputi takes inspiration from Guam’s culinary blending of Asian and Spanish flavors to create innovative dishes that are sure to delight. The seasonally inspired eatery combines traditional Caribbean flavors with local California ingredients in a simple, comfortable setting.
Named for a South Korean landmark and a gateway to both South Street and South Philadelphia, Southgate is an Asian-inspired gastropub featuring Korean spices and flavors. A select menu of rice bowls, salads and small and large plates is available to enjoy in the intimate industrial-chic space, while specialty cocktails, sake, soju, wines and draft beers fill the ample drink list.
Boston-based Co-Chef/Owners Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette have brought their Barcelona-style tapas bar to New York, featuring an eclectic menu that combines regional Spanish flavors with local and market-fresh ingredients. Cocktails and wines are Spanish-focused while regional rotations explore all the bottles Spain has to offer. Located in the iconic former Nabisco Factory, the grand space exudes an industrial vibe through its brick walls and high ceilings.
Roy Choi’s first creative project in partnership with Dave Reiss challenges traditions of standard dining culture with communal picnic tables and small plates that are meant to be shared. Fresh Asian and international flavors combine at this bustling eatery, where abstract forms of Hawaiian soul food shine in creative small plates and drinks. The modern and minimal wood-paneled space is located in a repurposed Culver City IHOP and also features outdoor patio dining.
Chef Bill Kim reimagines Asian barbecue at bellyQ with boldly flavored, creative fare prepared with seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Among the highlights of the minimal, industrial-chic space are a full bar lounge, built-in hibachi table grills, a spacious dining room and separate private areas (including a karaoke room). A selection of creative craft cocktails, sakes and wines accompany an unexpected array of beers.
A simple Somerville staple, Journeyman serves up New American cuisine paired with an inventive and globally influenced beverage program. Almost everything is made in-house, with offerings based on seasonal and local produce.Housed in a brick building that was previously a pasta sauce factory, the dining room feels both industrial and homey with plenty of warm reclaimed wood.
Whether it’s a plate of Spanish seafood or a bowl of Korean spice, just open up the Reserve app and let the flavors at these top restaurants take you on a journey through your senses — minus the jet-lag.