Neptune Oyster bar feels more like Brooklyn than Boston. It’s as if someone transported Prime Meats in Williamsburg, brought it to Boston’s North End and substituted steak for seafood. Needless to say, I’m a big fan. Covered in subway tiles with a long bar that spans the length of the restaurant, there’s always a wait […]

It may be the best oyster bar in Boston. It is most certainly the best oyster bar I’ve ever been to, anywhere. The setting is grand and statedly masculine with its swooping ceilings, wood and metal furnishings, a tactile wall constructed of oyster shells, a mammoth, hanging light fixture that feels more work lamp than […]

I hate to say it. I really do, but the Union Oyster House bites! I’m not sure it’s even worth the single star I gave it here; okay, maybe just the one, but only because it’s Boston’s (and thereby America’s) oldest restaurant. It’s super cute from the outside, and my first time peering in with […]

March 2nd, 2011

Market Report: Shellfishing

As these last few weeks of winter melt away, I’ve been enjoying some of my favorite seasonal comfort foods. From the many bowls of meatballs I’ve taste tested ‘round town, to the root vegetables I’ve roasted in every size and knotty shape, hearty fare is Winter’s signature, and it is made all the more desirable […]

July 25th, 2008

Oysters with an Ex

They say oysters are an aphrodisiac. Like figs, dark chocolate and red wine. Right now, I’m hot for oysters. But I want ‘em cold, raw, fresh—to pump up my libido after heartbreak burned me before the sweaty “dog days” of summer even had their chance. I’m not usually the biggest fan of raw oysters (shoot […]

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