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2015 Best Bookstore

Brookline Booksmith


More than just a bookstore, it’s a monument to the literary life. The orderly stacks have helpful comment cards from the staff, and they’re packed with more than just bestsellers….Read More

2015 Best Seafood Restaurant

Neptune Oyster


When chef Michael Serpa left Neptune Oyster to open his own restaurant, we wondered: What would happen to the overflowing lobster roll? Or the crisp “Piggyback” oysters, piled high on…Read More

2015 Best Blowout



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2015 Best Spanish Restaurant



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2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence, Cape Cod

C Salt Wine Bar & Grille


In the land of beach bars and clam shacks, C Salt is a breath of fresh (salt) air. This tiny house looks more like a ski chalet than an oyster…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Union Square

Bull McCabe’s


Every neighborhood needs a corner pub like Bull McCabe’s, with a healthy selection of beers, whiskeys, and its own fine craft libations to wash down staples like clam rolls. There’s…Read More

2015 Best Men's Clothing, Casual

Sault New England


Owner Philip Saul (pictured) will bring sartorially salty New England cred to your closet. Pick up a button-down, available in a variety of fabrics, from the store’s eponymous label, made…Read More

2015 Best Museum, Family-Friendly

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum


At this 30-acre outdoor sculpture garden, kids can touch, and, in some cases, interact with the mega-scaled artwork, such as Paul Matissse’s Musical Fence, a low wall of aluminum pipes…Read More

2015 Best Ice Skating

Community Ice Skating @Kendall


For those who find the idea of muscling their way into a frozen mosh pit deeply unappealing, think of Kendall Square’s rink as an antidote to the madness of the…Read More

2015 Best Yoga Instructor

Rebecca Pacheco

Rebecca Pacheco, a South End resident whose first book, Do Your Om Thing, was recently published by HarperCollins, teaches her brand of traditional yoga mixed with modern philosophy at Equinox…Read More

2015 Best Indian Restaurant

Himalayan Bistro

West Roxbury

West Roxbury isn’t known as a culinary haven, but Himalayan Bistro transports diners from the suburban western edge of Boston to the eastern reaches of India and Nepal. Enveloped in…Read More

2015 Best Dance Troupe

Urbanity Dance


In seven years, founder and director (and former Boston Ballet teacher) Betsi Graves has grown Urbanity Dance into a thrilling, whimsical, acrobatic beast. Last year, the company collaborated twice with…Read More

2015 Best Bagel



Baker Mary Ting Hyatt has grown her Bagelsaurus venture from a weekend-only side project at Cutty’s to a full-fledged bagel revolution in Porter Square. Hyatt can barely keep up with…Read More

2015 Best Home Accessories

Liz Caan

Newton Centre

The signature bright colors, bold patterns, and mixed textures that Liz Caan brings to her interior design also grace her personally curated Newton Centre shop. Find geometric throw pillows in…Read More

2015 Best Shopkeeper, The Nurturer

Lana Barakat, December Thieves


At her SoWa and Charles Street boutiques, Barakat cultivates independent artisans with unique backstories and connects them with customers on her social-media pages. It feels like one big happy family,…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Charlestown

Brewer’s Fork


With 30 ever-changing draft lines, as well as an ample bottle list, wine offerings from smaller producers, and an impressive roster of ciders, this new neighborhood spot already feels like…Read More

2015 Best Gay Night

Fuzz at the Alley


In an increasingly integrated club scene, LGBT nightlife is moving toward niche parties aimed at specific subcultures and sets of music lovers. Previously named Fur & Gold, Fuzz is the…Read More

2015 Best Watches

European Watch Company


The display cases at this Newbury Street shop hold luxe vintage and pre-owned watches (think Cartier, Rolex, and Jaeger-LeCoultre), as well as brand-new tickers. Visit the website to see what’s…Read More

2015 Best Steak Tips

Tip Tap Room


Yes, we visited the legendary NewBridge Café, and, yes, the tips lived up to the hype. But bite for bite, the Tip Tap Room took the crown, with perfectly charred,…Read More

2015 Best Salon, South



Verde may call itself “earth-friendly” (they recycle almost everything, use paraben-free hair products and organic color, and even compost), but the salon is anything but granola. Styled with chic textured…Read More

2015 Best Resort Hotel, Cape Cod

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club


Here it’s all about hospitality, from thoughtful kids’ offerings like mini beach chairs and cabanas to a program that tracks repeat guests’ preferences. Want a rare book delivered to your…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Jamaica Plain

Boating on Jamaica Pond


Enjoy an impromptu day in the country without actually leaving the city on Jamaica Pond, where, for just $15 per hour, you can take in 68 acres of pristine flat…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, South End

Wink & Nod


An alluring speakeasy vibe makes this underground haunt feel VIP. The lengthy cocktail menu offers creative twists on classic libations—a gimlet made with grapefruit cordial; a Long Island iced tea…Read More

2015 Best Indoor Cycling Studio



B/Spoke, with its intense 45-minute classes, arm workouts, and free shoe rentals, gets top honors in a competitive category. The downtown location is a hit with commuters and city dwellers…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Jamaica Plain



At this jam-packed shop, you’ll have trouble turning around without bumping into something you need (coffee filters for your Chemex), want (handcrafted Shun knives), or are happy to learn exists…Read More

2015 Best Town Center, South


With its harbor vistas and wide sidewalks, Front Street always had the potential to be a South Shore destination—all it needed was a little pep. This year, we’re finally seeing…Read More

2015 Best Haircut, Men's

Pini Swissa


Pini Swissa identified our hair dilemma immediately—lose the bulk around the crown that grows in bushy after a week, he advised. This is the man who styles Tom Brady, after…Read More

2015 Best Boutique Hotel

The Verb Hotel


This former HoJo is now a stylish hotel with a rock ‘n’ roll soul. Its rooms feature pop artifacts like backstage passes for the J. Geils Band, old Phoenix covers,…Read More

2015 Best Hairstylist, Wedding

Julia Rosenthal, Pyara


From flowers formed by your own braids to a comb placed just so in a finger-curled bob, Julia Rosenthal’s wedding-day tresses are consistently stunning. With just a glance, she quickly…Read More

2015 Best Sommelier

Colleen Hein, Eastern Standard


A wine list heavy on bubbles, burgundy, and cru Beaujolais could be a bit overwhelming for the casual tippler. But Eastern Standard virtuoso Colleen Hein has a hands-on approach to…Read More

2015 Best Fish Market

New Deal Fish Market


If Cheers were a fish market, it might look like New Deal, a family-owned shop where the fishmongers know practically every customer’s name (and are happy to offer tips on…Read More

2015 Best Italian Restaurant

La Morra


Any meal that begins with Josh Ziskin’s tried-and-true cicchetti—bite-size sage leaves dunked in tempura batter and fried with salty anchovies; crisp arancini filled with braised beef and cheese; Tuscan meatballs…Read More

2015 Best Art Gallery

Gallery Kayafas


Owner Arlette Kayafas’s gallery represents a broad cross-section of Boston art. There are works from established local icons—Jules Aarons’s photos of the old West End, First Night founder Clara Wainwright’s…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Kendall Square

West Bridge


The egg in a jar is one of Boston’s most-talked-about dishes, and for good reason. But don’t let that overshadow West Bridge’s many other offerings—rather, grab a spot at the…Read More

2015 Best Service

La Brasa


Service is best judged by the times when things go awry. Take, for example, a recent meal at this warm, boisterous Somerville restaurant and market, when a dining companion dropped…Read More

2015 Best Bar Program

Alden & Harlow


Chef Michael Scelfo’s first solo outing was an instant success thanks to its vegetable-forward fare and ungodly rich, smoky burger. But Scelfo also deserves a pat on the back for…Read More

2015 Best Hike, Family-Friendly

Dungeon Rock, Lynn Woods Reservation

If your kids are balking at the prospect of a walk, tempt them with a trek to this spooky site. A gentle one-mile round-trip walk takes you to a 174-foot…Read More

2015 Best Overlooked Tourist Attraction

Warren Anatomical Museum


There’s no question which exhibit reigns supreme here: It’s the skull of Phineas Gage, the 19th-century railroad foreman immortalized in the annals of neuroscience. After his frontal lobe was impaled…Read More

2015 Best Haircut, Women's

Kara Hurston, Shag

South Boston

Some cuts are simply about lopping off split ends, and some happen because you spotted a stranger with such incredible hair, you just had to track down her stylist. It’s…Read More

2015 Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Anh Hong


This Dorchester destination offers up traditional home-style dishes for those daring to venture beyond bowls of pho or bánh mì. Hungry? Pair ca kho to (caramelized clay-pot fish) with an…Read More

2015 Best Irish Pub

The Druid


Within the enormous spectrum of Irish-ish spots in Boston, what ultimately sets the Druid apart is its unwavering commitment to the basics (a perfectly poured Guinness, traditional live music sessions,…Read More

2015 Best Shopkeeper, The Connector

Jill Rosenwald, Jill Rosenwald Studio


Jill Rosenwald’s groovy patterned pottery and accessories are pure bold technicolor, and so is her personality: Chatty and effusive, Rosenwald considers her clients and colleagues old friends. When you call…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Charlestown

Bunker Hill Florist


Duck into this Main Street storefront for handcut blooms and seasonal items like boxwood wreaths during the holidays, and forsythia, pussy willows, and potted clover in the spring—plus locally made…Read More

2015 Best Fitness Facility, North

Fuel Training Studio


The offerings at boutique fitness studios typically fall into the “either/or” category: either cycling or barre; either high-intensity training or boxing. But at Fuel in Newburyport, you can have it…Read More

2015 Best Florist

Table & Tulip


Owner Andrea Halliday and her team create pieces ranging from fragrant, fresh strung garlands to mossy terrariums with carefully perched succulents. Simple and modern or baroque and traditional, Table &…Read More

2015 Best Doughnut

Union Square Donuts


Card-carrying Bostonians that we are, we couldn’t really get behind the whole Boston-cream doughnut thing—until we tried the version at Union Square Donuts, with its thick layer of dark ganache…Read More

2015 Best Personal Training Studio

Parker Cote Elite Fitness


Fitness model Parker Cote has graced dozens of magazine covers, each showcasing his remarkable physique. At his new studio, a 1,600-square-foot space brimming with luxury amenities (a spa-quality restroom and…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Kendall Square



This is a crucial pre-party pit stop for cheeky birthday cards and clever merchandise: The “Sesame Ring,” for example, doubles as jewelry and a wearable MBTA pass (designed at MIT,…Read More

2015 Best Boutique, Martha's Vineyard

Pandora’s Box


For the sweetest shopping on the Vineyard, head up-island to the fishing village of Menemsha, where a row of funky storefronts line the road to the area’s best sunset view….Read More

2015 Best Bridesmaids Dresses

L’élite Bridal & Bridesmaids


This petite third-floor boutique offers a who’s who of designers (Amsale, Watters, and Monique Lhuillier) that are sure to please your discerning ladies. Some lines even allow for mix-and-match necklines,…Read More

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