Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Our Favorite Restaurants to Dine Out Boston

Dine Out Boston is here again - thank goodness!! August 16th through the 21st and 23rd through the 28th is when to take advantage of all the hype around the newest restaurants (and old favorites) in Boston. To widdle it down - and seriously, there are so many options - we're going to pick 5 restaurants within walking distance of Clarendon Square that are a must-try in Boston.

Oishii - 1166 Washington St.
Lunch: $20

Sushi lunch for $20?! Oishii is one of the premier sushi restaurants in all of Boston and their food is truly a work of art. Voted best sushi in Boston, New England, and the US numerous times, Dine-Out at Oishii is a delicacy that doesn't come along too often.

Grill 23 & Bar - 161 Berkeley St.
Dinner: $38 for a three-course menu.

Grill 23 is Boston's most well-known steak house, having been around for over 30 years it's easy to see (and taste) why. They include classics such as mac & cheese, while also infusing a little creativity and local flare (torched oyster, anyone?).

Top of the Hub - 800 Boylston St.
Lunch: $25 for three-course menu

Although Top of the Hub isn't  well renowned for their food, they made the cut for list list based on atmosphere along. Top of the Hub the top of the Hub! Located on the very top floor of the Prudential Building, the restaurant offers wonderful views of all of Boston, Boston Harbor Islands and surrounding areas while staying above all the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Blue Dragon - 324 A Street
Dinner:$38 for a five-course menu

Celebrity chef Ming Tsai brings his knowledge and skills to South Boston's Fort Point in this Asian fusion restaurant. Mostly tapas-style small plates, you are sure to be impressed by the mix of Asian food with English pub-like atmosphere. And don't forget the signature Dragon Bowl to share with the table!

Cinquecento - 500 Harrison Ave
Dinner:$33 for three-course menu

Cinquecento is known for their rustic Roman style Italian food with care and comfort in every dish. The restaurant space itself oozes sophistication and style, especially the private patio. Cinquencento's Italian roots flows through to the all Italian wine-list and delicious espresso.

After dinner, come back and relax at Clarendon Square and enjoy an after meal glass of prosecco on our roof deck or back patio.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

How to Celebrate National White Wine Day in Boston

There’s much speculation on when National White Wine Day is celebrated – August 3rd or August 4th. We’ve compromised and vow to honor white wine all month. How about that?!

Since we have all month to celebrate, we thought we would give you several different ideas on how to celebrate from wine bars to visiting vineyards. We have got you covered.

There are many wonderful wine bars in Boston it’s so hard to choose from the list, but some choices in life are difficult. We’ll go about this a different way – what has great food that goes well with white wine, and of those, who has a fabulous wine list.

Belly Wine Bar – 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge

Winner of the Improper Bostonian’s Best of Boston 2015 Wine Bar, Belly brings a unique yet comforting environment to enjoy your favorite white wines as well as a selection of Charcuterie and cheeses. You’re guaranteed to love the fun and honest description of wines.

Bin 26 Enoteca – 26 Charles St., Beacon Hill

If you find yourself exhausted after a long way of walking around the commons and shopping in Beacon Hill on either National White Wine Day, we highly recommend stopping in to Bin 26 to quench your thirst with a glass of white. They have many different varieties along with different sizes too. They have knowledgeable staff on hand to offer suggestions on which white goes well with each entre.

The Butcher Shop – 552 Tremont St., South End

A close walk from Clarendon Square, The Butcher Shop is intimate and hip with their selection of food and pairing of wine. It’s all in the name – fabulous cuts of meat, sausages, prosciutto, and the best steak tartare in town. And we can’t forget to mention their wine selection – over 100 options and changes daily.

Barcelona Wine Bar – 525 Tremont St., South End

One of the South End’s newest restaurants, Barcelona is a bright addition to the neighborhood. Although sometimes noisy, Barcelona makes up for it in the attentive wait staff, variety of tapas and an even better wine list. We’re counting on a white wine-flight in honor of the holiday, and staff will be sure to give recommendations on the best tapas to pair with whichever wine you’re in the mood for.

Now, off to the vineyards! New England is known for many things, but white wine is not one of them. We’re here to change that. There are many vineyards within a drive to Clarendon Square and in many other attractive towns outside of Boston. Since National White Day(s) is in August, we recommend visiting the Coastal Wine Trail which includes many vineyards in southern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut in close proximity (or right on) the Atlantic Ocean.

We’ll start with the vineyard furthest away (about an hour and a half from Clarendon Square) and work our way back to the Inn.

Saltwater Farms – 349 Elm St. Stonington, CT

Located in a small coastal town, Saltwater Farm Vineyard is centered around a 1930s airport hanger converted into a winery. The land surrounding the main building is vines and tidal marches.

Greenvale Vineyards – 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871

Just 6 miles from downtown Newport, Greenvale Vineyards has been owned by the same family since 1863 and producing wine since 1982. What makes Greenvale special is the dedication to make 100% Estate Grown fruit, which has produced many award winning wines!

Travessia Winery – 760 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Located in the heart of New Bedford, and only an hour’s drive from Clarendon Square, Travessia is an urban winery that specialized in many white wine varieties. They honor the simplicity of the white wine, while also experimenting with different blends.

After your day of celebrating white wine, come back to Clarendon Square and enjoy your final glass of wine of the day on our roof deck or on our back patio.