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Coffee shops 21 | Algiers | Nowadays, most cafés have become Internet hotspots that just so happen to serve coffee, which makes a truly civilized chat-whilst-clinkingmint-teacups establishment like Algiers all the more vital. Sitting in the cozy confines of the second-floor octagonal attic, you may feel like you have merged Escher-like into an Arabesque frieze. So sit with a friend and tuck into a plate of baba ganoush (pretentious scarf optional but encouraged).

22 | L.A. Burdick | The hot chocolate here is legendary, and the varieties offer a globetrotting taste test through single-source cocoas: Venezuelan, Bolivian, Madagascan, and more. (Screw the diet. Try them all. It’s, uh, research.) Squeeze into the bustling café to make friends with a raspberry tart or two. And if you trade glances with a sweet, sweater-clad stranger over a hot cup of tea, remember the following icebreaker: “Chocolate Supreme, for two.”

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23 | Café Pamplona | Bastion of the


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grilled-pizza joint has an understated elegance. The wood-paneled walls, the cool slate bar, and the pizza itself, thin of crust and fresh of topping, all come together to form a sleek reinterpretation of the pizzeria, brought to you by the owners of minimalist mainstays Middlesex Lounge, Audubon Circle, and Miracle of Science. Ooey-gooey and sloppy with sauce, this is not. Think hot cherry peppers, Black Forest ham, and manchego instead. It’s pizza for grown-ups.

7 | Rialto | Light, breezy, and filled with harvest-toned, curvilinear nooks, the entire interior evokes the sunlit hills of Italy, smack in the middle of Harvard Square. Of course, it also speaks to Jody Adams’s exuberant Mediterranean-influenced cookery, whose fresh, healthy emphasis on produce and seafood makes Rialto a go-to.

8 | Russell House Tavern | This upscale

Chef Mary Dumont keeps the concept simple but the plates sophisticated at her upscale American restaurant, where fireside seating, a 350-deep wine list, and flavorful oysters, scallop, and duck dishes conspire to create one badass — sorry, breathtaking — bounty. A fierce Iron Chef competitor and Best New Chef honoree by Food & Wine, Dumont clearly works hard at her culinary craft — and at Harvest, we reap the benefits.

ships. And we would gladly open our city gates for a wooden horse if it came bearing their onion rings.

3 | Lê’s | For a great pho menu, head to

5 | Otto | Portland, Maine–born mini-chain

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Lê’s. At this Vietnamese joint, you can slurp your way through a wide-ranging selection of pho dishes (in addition to the classic beef variety, Lê’s offers options with chicken, pork, shrimp, fish cakes, and tofu), all for under $9.

Otto packs some mighty big flavors into this teeny Cambridge outpost. Open till 2 am on weekends, it’s always heaving with folks vying for slices topped with pulled pork and mango or butternut squash and cranberry — or even just plain old pepperoni.

4 | Mr. Bartley’s | Boston’s experienced a

6 | Park | Funny how in this part of

burger renaissance in the last few years, with B.Good, UBurger, Tasty Burger, and Boston Burger Company bringing their beef to our fair burg. But all these young burger turks should pay homage to the rule of the small-but-venerable Mr. Bartley’s over the wide expanse of burgerdom. These burgers are delicious enough to launch a thousand

town, most of our favorite haunts are subterranean. And we’re only too happy to make like molemen and dive underground for Park, the latest from the crew behind Grafton Street and Russell House Tavern. In these cozy confines (strewn with leather armchairs, bookshelves, and Oriental carpets), you’ll undoubtedly hoist many a

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gastropub in the heart of the Square is bustling any time of day or night, but we especially love Russell House for their brunch. House-made buttermilk biscuits, French toast oozing with Nutella, that breakfast pizza . . . what time is it right now? Scrumptious late-morning offerings aside, Russell House scores major points for an extensive craft-beer menu, a lively singles scene at the bar on weekend nights, and inventive takes on classic American fare.

24 | Crema Cafe | Many a Harvard student will recommend Crema as one of Cambridge’s top coffee shops, highlighting its import blends and chalkboard specials like the tomato bisque soup. They’d be right — and if you’re lucky enough to nab a table on its busy second-floor loft, it’s the perfect place to soak in the caffeinated Ivy League air and crank out that midterm paper.

25 | Dado | Repeat after us: “You must chill.” When it’s time to refocus, stop in at Dado. With a dizzying selection of teas (hot, iced, and boba), a healthy menu of veggie-friendly vittles, and WiFi for some leisurely surfing, it’s a prime place to soothe those frazzled nerves.

9 | UpStairs on the Square | The upstairs of UpStairs is the fancy dining room, an enchanting fantasy of Alice in Wonderland as illustrated by Klimt. Wear your shiny clothes! The food is French, Italian, and American nouvelle by turns, and some of the simple things, like the rib-eye steak, are as great as the trickier ones, like the Mission fig ravioli.

10 | Zinneken’s | This petite café slings Liège-style Belgian waffles, all crispy with caramelized pearl sugar. Choose from an array of decadent combos, such as the Gourmand (bananas, whipped cream, caramel) or the Oreo Freakin’ Party (Oreos, raspberries, whipped cream).


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old Harvard Square, the storied, subterranean Café Pamplona was the first café in the ‘hood when it opened in 1959. Today, as then, it draws readers, writers, thinkers, Cambridge bizarros, brainiacs, and bohemians (Amanda Palmer sings a line about it) into its austere underground warmth. Josefina Yanguas, who came to Cambridge from Pamplona, Spain, in 1948, owned the place for almost 50 years, and introduced the culture of the café.

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Bars & Pubs

11 | Charlies Kitchen | Along with burgers and lobster rolls, this Cambridge institution of a bar serves up an atmosphere right out of the 1950s. Stay downstairs for the booths and lively waitstaff, or head upstairs for the punkand-indie-stocked jukeboxes. Reservations are available and recommended on nice weekend nights. Check out the beer garden next door and keep an eye out for interesting characters.

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16 | John Harvard’s Brew House | Don’t let the name fool you. Even with its relative proximity to the university, this isn’t some uppity “members only”–type establishment. Nope, it’s a beer bar through and through, as egalitarian as they come: their extensive, budget-friendly menu satisfies carnivores and veggies alike; and the house-brewed brews range from Pilgrim’s Porter to Demon Double Pale Ale. With an exceptionally awesome waitstaff and a comfy basement setting, JH’s requires you check the snobbery at the door.

12 | Daedalus | The bar area of this hip take on an Irish pub is small if not downright tiny, and it’s always packed to the gills. We assume that’s due to the knowledgeable bartenders, creative and well-crafted cocktails, and tasty bar bites (be sure to dine one evening at the restaurant downstairs as well). On summer evenings, wellheeled twentysomethings flock to the spacious roof-deck patio: prime al fresco drinking and mingling grounds. Come early if you want to score a seat.

17 | Noir | Small, classy, and 1940s-chic, this lounge at the Charles Hotel has a sultry black-and-red interior. Choose from seasonal beverages (such as the Maltese Falcon, Sake Sangria, or Zombie Doble), a small gourmet bar-food menu, and a raw bar. It’s perfect for a pre-dinner martini or an after-dinner port, and the kitchen is open until 11 pm.

13 | First Printer | The spot this gastropub inhabits has had many lives — most notably, as the former home of Stephen Daye (reportedly America’s first printer) and later as a bank . . . which means you can eat those crab hushpuppies in an actual massive bank vault. And the brains behind First Printer’s cocktail menu? None other than DJ/musician/master mixologist Brother Cleve.

18 | Shays | This pub boasts a singular dive vibe that’s unrivaled in Harvard Square. Their patio might be the last frontier for those looking to consume alcohol and smoke cigarettes simultaneously in a restaurant setting. This affordable wine bar offers a casual atmosphere perfect for low-maintenance dates or just shooting the shit with friends, and thoughtful appetizers like baked Brie and hummus plates are Shays’ answer to greasyfried bar bites.

14 | Grendel’s Den | This seems like it’d be an easy place for a Beowulf pun, but we’ll spare you. Nestled in a blink-and-you-miss-it corner spot, this location bears a hearty variety of both drafts and bottles, with a rotating guest tap special. A little tip for those not in the know: mind the margaritas. They’re pretty stiff, and testing your luck with more than two could have you hitting the floor harder than the Scyldings in Heorot (sorry, couldn’t resist).

19 | The Cellar | We’re always a little reluctant to celebrate the Cellar — a secret we want to keep — because we don’t want to lose a seat at the bar. Secret’s out: the Cellar, underground, with stone walls, wood beams, and the friendliest set of bartenders around, is one of our favorite spots, relaxed and welcoming, to have a pint and a conversation. Chef Brandon Arms’s ever-evolving menu from the Garden upstairs continues to impress, and the burger remains one of the best in the city.

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15 | Hong Kong | Two words: scorpion bowls.

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imagined that a bookstore that only carries poetry would be a pretty small bookstore, then surprise, you’ve just imagined Grolier, one of the only all-poetry shops in the country. Besides having a staff that can help solve even the knottiest “I’m looking for a book by a poet who sounds like this” queries, Grolier somehow manages to cram them in for its legendary poetry readings, as quatrains bounce off the walls, threatening to topple the ceiling-high book piles.

37 | Harvard Book Store | The best part of the Harvard Book Store is its colorful underbelly. While the main store stocks new releases and maintains meticulous displays, a healthy selection of used titles awaits humble bookworms in the basement: a reader’s refuge

20 | Tory Row | The service is fast, the seating’s communal, the beer and wine list’s inviting, and the gastropub grub includes plenty of tasty, shareable apps. Translation: this is a damn fine place for apres-show drinks.

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38 | Harvard Coop | In the most dense college region in America, Harvard Square is the epicenter of academia. And at the beating, bleeding heart of that scrum is the COOP, which serves not only students with text books and erasers, but also locals and tourists shopping for everything from classic prints and posters to cufflinks and school hoodies. Only MIT and Harvard affiliates can join for $1 and enjoy the COOP’s storied annual rebate, but if you live in Greater Boston, chances are you know a wicked smart card-carrying member.

39 | Million Year Picnic | Crammed into the tiny subterranean confines of Million Year Picnic are the city’s finest specimens of sequential art. Whether you crave the latest issue of

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36 | Grolier Poetry Book Shop | If you’ve ever

that feels more like a library than a bookstore. The HBS’s “human-powered” delivery service (read: via bike), meanwhile, is an affordable way for book-lovers of all budgets to indulge their literary fantasies.

(Two more words: pace yourself. Those babies pack a wallop.) The original, three-level location of this Chinese restaurant-cum-club is like a pupu platter for this ’hood’s bar scene. Want karaoke? They got it. Dancing? Sure thing. Girls walking by with trays of neon-colored shots and chicken on skewers? Check, check. Pro tip: a large order of their fried rice is just the thing to help soak up some of that rum punch at the

Swamp Thing, a collection of classic Vampirella trades, something terrifying by Charles Burns, or a Walking Dead T-shirt, these guys are your hook-up.

40 | Raven Used Books | Proximity to the world’s best university pays dividends, especially when it comes to used books. All

those eggheads selling the Oxford University Press titles they’ve torn through in fits of intellectual ecstasy have enriched Raven Used Books beyond measure, to say nothing of their foreign-language selection. Before Jean-Claude returns to the Sorbonne, he first needs to dump his Bernard-Henry Lévy collection at the store nearest his garret. So it’s little wonder the store has become a destination for Cantabrigian and Bostonian bookhunters alike. It also doesn’t hurt that they frequently undersell Amazon.

41 | Schoenhof’s | You could probably live your entire life without knowing the pleasures of leafing through a foreign-language bookstore — but why would you want to? Schoenhof’s, an institution since the mid-19th century, allows you to enter a world where you can learn Spanish with guides that are more involved than a dictionary; where you can peruse the entire Harry Potter series . . . in Arabic; where you can pick up baby books in German for those helicopter parents you know.


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chai truffles, spotted dick, a jar of cassoulet, caviar from Mississippi. If you need some chocolate-covered marzipan and some vintage champagne to celebrate that special something, chances are you’ll find it browsing the aisles of this cluttered Gourmet Shoppe.

31 | Concepts | From hip-hop to skate culture, mint kicks to sleek jackets and snapbacks, this shop sells street style for lofty spenders and fly high-schoolers alike. Founded in ’95 and setting trends ever since, Concepts is here to help all of us stay fresh to death.

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Peirce looking for a bong, bowl, or blunts. Have some class and check out the area’s sweetest selection of tobacco treats and everything you need to smoke in style. Besides cigars and pipe accessories, Leavitt & Peirce also stocks the kind of wooden table games and silver tchotchkes that can transform any lame office into a certifiable study.

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26 | Forty Winks | You want to know Victoria’s secret? It’s that no one has found rhinestonestudded thongs sexy since 1995. Classier dames, and the gents that buy them pretty little designer-made things, know that Forty Winks is where to find sensual lingerie, sleepwear, and undergarments that let you feel like a lady — not a lady of the night. Whether you want silky robes, lacy boyshorts, or even a glam garter belt, they’ve got you (un)covered.

27 | Armageddon Records | Since 2000, Armageddon has owned an independent record shop in Providence, and in 2010, they opened a second shop up in Harvard Square, in the very space where Twisted Village used to reside. Their carefully curated stock of records and tapes ranges from indie, punk, garage, and metal to noise, blues, jazz, and other genres, with a specific focus on local and underground artists.

28 | Black Ink | Not even the most robust selection of emoticons can communicate the charm of a longhand letter. Especially when you’ve penned that puppy on stationery

from Black Ink, stocked with greeting cards, notebooks, and wrapping papers that scream “Cute!” and whisper, oh-so-lovingly, “Kitsch!” While there, treat yourself to a trinket from the adorable selection of gifts: whimsical doodads and whatzits so odd and unnecessary, we must own them all. Now.

29 | Bob Slate | Early last year, people with a certain threshold for whimsy found themselves shocked and awed at the savage closing of all three Cambridge/Somerville Bob Slates. But commerce has a way of filling a void, and so a mere six months later, tears of sadness turned into hoorahs as new owners opened the doors to a wonderland of quill pens and quality paper products. Need a fountain pen to scribe that special parchment? Been scouring the Hub for just the right Clairefontaine notebook? Your prayers have been answered.

30 | Cardullo’s | Sometimes you have an itch that can only be scratched by picking up some epicurean obscurities and imports that are the total opposite of what you find in a grocery store. We’re talking clotted cream,

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33 | Mint Julep | This adorable boutique is a homegrown local business with a “Zooey Deschanel enters the workforce” kind of vibe. Vibrant floral blouses and elegant lace dresses are yours for the choosing. Mint Julep’s fashions are new, but the staff meticulously selects its stock to maintain a vintage-chic look. And they’re always happy to help customers find what they’re looking for. Expect lots of airy pastels for spring and bright, colorful prints in the summer.

34 | Oona’s | No Salvation Army, this thrift and consignment shop’s wares are carefully curated. Which is not to say you won’t find an eclectic range of gently used styles to choose from, from wacky costume-wear to beautiful vintage pieces. Oona’s is a fashion oasis for the budgetconscious, style-savvy shopper with an eye for a good find.

35 | TistiK | Our Mayan is a little rusty, but we do know TistiK lives up to its name — which apparently translates to “a warm welcome to you!” The super-friendly staff are happy to answer questions about its stock of unique jewelry and accessories, all hand-crafted by emerging Mexican designers. Made of everything from sterling silver to blown glass to fish scales (!), their creations range from sleek to funky and come with non-ridic price points. What’s the word for “gift go-to”?

Insider | Ellie Mueller, owner of Oona’s What’s the difference between vintage and retro? retro is a remade item designed to look old. What’s the difference between vintage and used? Vintage indicates that something’s gotten better with age; that it remains timeless, and it’s as relevant now as it was before. Usually, in the context of a vintage store, that means it’s been hand-selected for you by someone who’s recycling something and trying to make it relevant for the present. Vintage is usually the best of the past curated for you. Used just means anyone could have used it. Used doesn’t have any context. Can you give us any dos and don’ts? in my mind, it’s not about any specific trend. it’s about how you’re pulling off that trend, or just a look in general. part of being a shop owner is you’re not really shopping for yourself anymore. you’re shopping for all sorts of people. it’s not about your taste so much as, “okay, well, here’s this type of person’s taste. What about it can you really get behind, and what parts of it are like, ‘ehhh.’ ” Will people in the future dress like us? Well, the thing about fashion is, it’s always recycling things. it would be easy for us if vintage was just copying something. i don’t think people will dress like us so much, but they’ll look back at what we were wearing, see aspects of it that inspire them and seem relevant, then channel those ideas. like the way people are talking about the ‘90s now. they’re not really re-creating or dressing like the ‘90s. they’re taking aspects of what they saw being made then and saying, “Well, that was really interesting. that seems sort of fresh now. let’s play with that and see what we can come up with.”

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Culture 42 | American Repertory Theater/Oberon | It takes a mighty theater company to create a performance that raises eyebrows of legends like Stephen Sondheim, but that’s exactly what the American Repertory Theater did with The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, a refreshed, enhanced take on the opera that later moved to Broadway. The company enlists global talent to push the envelope further every season, at the main theater as well as Oberon, its cabaretesque second stage.

Theatre is sacred cinema ground. It’s been around forever, and among its many accomplishments is initiating the Humphrey Bogart revival back in the ’50s. These days, it’s still going strong, with outstanding programming that appeals to every film taste, from Nosferatu to Cabin in the Woods, from Our Man in Havana to OSS 117, from the trashy Trailer Treats collection to, well, Casablanca. They also host local premieres of edgy features, and sometimes old friends like Crispin Glover, Elliott Gould, and David Lynch might even drop by. Plus, they serve beer and wine at the concession stand, so you don’t need to brownbag it.

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44 | Harvard Film Archive | Forget film

musicians, and other singer/songwriters. The atmosphere is eclectic and pleasant, with art on display. After years of being dry, it now offers beer and wine; and thanks to the Veggie Planet restaurant, there’s no shortage of imaginative drinks and food. Call or visit the website to purchase tickets. Members receive a $2 discount on live concerts. Live performances begin at 8 pm, unless otherwise noted.

school; you can get all the cinema education you need at the Harvard Film Archive. As befits its Ivy League credentials, the Archive offers cerebrally challenging , aesthetically rich, erudite programming that will entertain you while adding to your understanding and knowledge of movies. Recent attractions included a comprehensive Michelangelo Antonioni retrospective, an Eric von Stroheim series, and a screening of Renoir’s Grand Illusion. And if you don’t know who any of those people are, all the more reason to get your ass down there.

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46 | Harvard Art Museums | Us members of the hoi polloi don’t have to sneak through the ivied gates and pose as janitors to get a peek at Harvard’s jaw-dropping private collections. Anyone with a free afternoon can head to 485 Broadway to peruse the delights of the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, world-renowned for its Asian art. (And while the Fogg and BuschReisinger musuems are currently closed for renovation, all three museums will soon be moving to a new state-of-the-art building on Quincy Street by architect Renzo Piano.)

47 | Hasty Pudding Theatricals | Not to be confused with the elite Harvard club, Hasty Pudding Theatricals is the oldest collegiate theatrical organization in the country. Each spring they stage an original production, always featuring Harvard gents in drag. It’s a delight. Plus, we always look forward to their crowning of the “Man and Woman of the Year” (past honorees include the likes of Anne Hathaway, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, and Jay


Leno) and the subsequent parade. Please, sirs, can we have some more?

48 | José Mateo Ballet Theatre | There’s no need to squint to see the dancers of the 26-yearold José Mateo Ballet Theatre. Audiences at its intimate Sanctuary Theatre — a/k/a the Old Cambridge Baptist Church by day — get an up-close-and-personal view of every rippling

muscle. But you might see double: cocktails are served during the show. We think the unique cabaret vibe only enhances the original works by the Cuban-born Mateo, founder of the sole New England company to produce an entire repertory by its resident choreographer.

49 | Passim | This nonprofit folk club draws both big-name and local folk bands, bluegrass

jazz club for music lovers regularly books well-known national and local jazz and blues acts. The bar is open for ticketed events and offers a light food menu. Plus, patrons receive a 10 percent discount downstairs at Henrietta’s Table before a show.

51 | The Sinclair | The ‘hood that begat the original House of Blues just got a new voice in the rock scene, as New York–based The Bowery Presents launches the Sinclair. In addition to the live music (the fall lineup features Converge, Martha Wainwright, Death Grips, and Duncan Sheik), the Sinclair also boasts an eatery helmed by Michael Schlow (Radius, Via Matta, Tico).

Insider | José Mateo of the José Mateo Ballet Theatre Do you think your location has played a part in your theater’s longevity, or would you have been as successful anywhere? if we were doing what we’re doing in this space, which is provide an intimate setting for close-up ballet, i think we would probably draw people wherever we would be. i would like to think we’re contributing to the more progressive artistic landscape of harvard square. Most people aren’t really into ballet, but a minority of people are really into it. What’s the deal? Well, it’s like so many things, from stamp collecting to classical music. you’ll always have adamant aficionados. our mission is to bring ballet to a population that includes those aficionados, while focusing more on programming that appeals to people who have never seen ballet, without sacrificing the standard of traditional ballet. I have to ask: did you see Black Swan? i did. i was invited by some friends. i’m hardly what you’d call a regular moviegoer. some of the stereotypes [in the film] are well deserved, and some are, unfortunately, exaggerations that feed into myths about how that culture actually behaves nowadays.

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617.492.6763 | 33 | Mint Julep | 6 Church St | 617.576.6468 | 4 | Mr. Bartley’s | 1246 Mass Ave | 617.354.6559 | 17 | Noir | 1 Bennett St | 617.661.8010 | 63 | O Positive Coaching & HR Services, LLC | address not listed online | 617.304.2366 | 64 | Ocean River Institute | 12 Eliot St | 617.661.6647 | 34 | Oona’s | 1210 Mass Ave | 617.491.2654 | 53 | OSushi | 1 Eliot St (2013) | TBA | 5 | Otto | 1432 Mass Ave | 617.499.3352 | 6 | Park | 59 JFK St | 617.491.9851 | 49 | Passim | 47 Palmer St | 617.492.7679 | 40 | Raven Used Books | 52 JFK St | 617.441.6999 | 50 | Regattabar | 1 Bennett St | 617.661.5000 | 7 | Rialto | 1 Bennett St | 617.661.5050 | 8 | Russell House Tavern | 14 JFK St | 617.500.3055 | 41 | Schoenhof’s | 76 Mt. Auburn St | 617.547.8825 | 18 | Shays | 58 JFK St | 617.864.9161 | 54 | Tasty Burger | 40 JFK St (fall 2012) | TBA | 19 | The Cellar | 991 Mass Ave | 617.475.0045 | 65 | The Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters | 12 Eliot St | 617.661.6646 | 51 | The Sinclair | 52 Church St | 617.451.7700 | 66 | The World’s Only Curious George Store | 1 JFK St | 617.547.4500 | 35 | TistiK | 54 Church St | 617.661.0900 | 20 | Tory Row | 3 Brattle St | 617.876.8769 | 55 | Toscano | 52 Brattle St (Fall 2012) | TBA | 67 | University Place Garage | 45 University Road | 617.491.0801 | Cambridge-124-Mount-Auburn-Street-Parking.html 68 | Uno Chicago Grill | 22 JFK St | 617.497.1530 | 9 | UpStairs on the Square | 91 Winthrop St | 617.864.1933 | 10 | Zinneken’s | 1154 Mass Ave | 617.876.0836 |


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36 | Grolier Poetry Book Shop | 6 Plympton St | 617.547.4648 | 46 | Harvard Art Museums | 485 Broadway | 617.495.9400 | 37 | Harvard Book Store | 1256 Mass Ave | 617.661.1515 | 38 | Harvard Coop | 1400 Mass Ave | 617.499.2000 | 44 | Harvard Film Archive | 24 Quincy St | 617.495.3251 | 2 | Harvest | 44 Brattle St | 617.868.2255 | 47 | Hasty Pudding | 12 Holyoke Street | 617.495.5205 | 62 | Holyoke Center Garage | 9 Holyoke St | 617.495.8335 | 15 | Hong Kong | 1238 Mass Ave | 617.864.5311 | 16 | John Harvard’s Brew House | 33 Dunster St | 617.868.3585 | 48 | José Mateo Ballet Theatre | 400 Harvard St | 617.354.7476 | 22 | L.A. Burdick | 52 Brattle St | 617.491.4340 |

Coming soon have always gone hand in hand. Jack Bardy, who owns the jazzy brasserie the Beehive, confidently abides by this mantra with his upcoming Cambridge venture Liberal Servings, which promises not-soconservative portions of food, drink, and live entertainment. Consider this new music den, targeted for 13 Brattle Street, his muchanticipated encore.

53 | OSushi | If you think sake bombs, meatand-noodle dishes, and a dim-lit feng-shui

ambiance complete the sushi experience, look for OSushi when it hits Harvard Square this month — we certainly will. With this new location, the high-end Japanese restaurant from Copley targets both college-aged and higher-income clientele with fiery entrees, expertly carved sashimi, and enough Japanese booze to wash it all down.

55 | Toscano | The traditional Tuscan eatery

54 | Tasty Burger | First Fenway. Then Southie. Next, Harvard Square, the burgeoning local empire’s beefiest outpost yet. Think two floors of brew, pool, and juicy

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52 | Liberal Servings | Jazz and grub

slabs o’ burger — including creative riffs like the Blue Collar, a batter-fried patty with sweet mustard pickle. (Hot-dog hounds, there’s plenty for you, too.) Wash things down with the copious canned-beer selection, or maybe a thick, cold shake. And soak in the chill mod vibes of the diner-style setting. Yum.

is expanding from its Beacon Hill location and opening a second restaurant on Brattle Street (taking up residence where Café of India previously stood). A local spot with reasonably priced, authentic fare from hearty pasta dishes (homemade gnocchi!) to crisp salads and a fine veal chop is always a welcome new neighbor.