Boston’s Eastern Standard Kitchen a blend of a bar and a restaurant, with an outdoor terrace. It has something for everyone, and is one of the best designed spaces in Boston. Soaring ceilings, big comfy seating at the booths, and tables with white linens. It’s fancy without being stuffy, chic yet comfortable.

One of the main draws of this place is the Drinks menu. Go for the Whiskey Smash, a delicious concoction of whiskey, sweet, and the faintest hit of mint. It’s refreshing and strong, and will make you feel like you’re unwinding after a day at the office with the Mad Men. The Boston bartenders I know all praise Eastern Standard for its drinks, so that tells you the place has to be good.

This is one of my favorite places to eat in the city because it’s exactly what this blog is all about — it’s high class, but you really don’t need a lot of cash to enjoy it, as the late night specials menu is cheap and wildly delicious. They change every night, but they clock in at around $10 and cannot be missed.

If you’re not doing the late night thing, the menu will serve you well. Steak Frittes is pretty much incredible, though I have to say the applewood smoked pork porterhouse with crispy polenta, apple, and bitter greens might be the reason I grab a bus back to Boston right now. The melange of flavors is unreal, and perfectly balanced, as are the portions, which are ample but never too heavy.

It’s one of the best designed spaces in Boston, as far as I’m concerned, and has huge soaring ceilings, a huge vintagey bar, gorgeous dim lighting. This is a perfect place for a date, meeting up with friends for drinks, or gathering with a group to enjoy dinner, as I did the last time I was here with a bunch of friends from college.

I spent a lot of evenings in Eastern Standard, so this place has a lot of good memories for me, and I hope you venture here quickly and often to make some delicious memories of your own.

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