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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



This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2015 Best Skin-care Products



This pore house founded by Babson College grad Tara Foley has dominated the healthy skin-care market of late—and with good reason. It features environmentally friendly products from more than 30…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, East Boston

Sterlingwear of Boston


Known for its military-grade pea coats (with fashionable accents like paisley lining and leather trim), Sterlingwear also proffers breezy clothing and accessories out of its East Boston shop—all American-made, of…Read More

2015 Best Museum, West

Rose Art Museum


Six years ago, Brandeis University feared the recession would shutter its art museum. Thankfully, a public outcry and powerful art collectors reversed that plan, and the school hired a new…Read More

2015 Best Facialist

Jennifer Catrambone, Prettyology


If the best way to judge a good aesthetician is by her skin, Jennifer Catrambone wins this award easily—her face is clear and radiant. Her spa-side manner is equally as…Read More

2015 Best Breakfast



Visiting Oleana chef Ana Sortun’s narrow bakery on the Cambridge fringes is an exotic way to kick-start the day. The menu is a parade of Mediterranean-inspired delights, including the luscious…Read More

2015 Best Deli

Sam LaGrassa’s


If the line seems daunting at lunchtime, don’t worry—it’ll be just minutes until you reach the front, where the warm, sliced-to-order corned beef, pastrami, and roast beef will be piled…Read More

2015 Best Caribbean Restaurant

Singh’s Roti Shop


Drawing influences from Indian and Caribbean cuisines, this Trinidadian shop’s roti wraps—pizza-size flatbreads griddled to order, then stuffed with meat (curried goat!), vegetables (sautéed cabbage, potato), and a house-made spicy…Read More

2015 Best Dive Bar

The Cantab Lounge


Proper dive bars may be a dying breed, particularly in developing neighborhoods like Central Square, but amid all the ATMs, one redoubt of a bygone era holds fast. While other…Read More

2015 Best Garden Supplies

Mahoney’s Garden Center


Bursting with lush, varied greenery year round, this family-owned store is welcoming even to novice gardeners. A vast assortment of plants, from tiny succulents fit for city studios to large…Read More

2015 Best Life Coach

Hanneke Antonelli

Sometimes you just need a friend to listen and ask the right questions (sorry, Mom). Hanneke Antonelli, a Wall Street employee turned Pilates instructor and life coach, works with clients…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Shopping, Union Square

Somerville Grooves


While Somerville Grooves’ select inventory of vinyl includes new albums by Panda Bear and old ones by the Who, it’s the rarities from the local music scene that really shine,…Read More

2015 Best Place to See a Great Movie

Coolidge Corner Theatre


This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2015 Best Salon, North



Interlocks owner Ginny Eramo’s Newburyport salon is known for producing trendy men’s styles, vibrant color for graying locks, and expert extensions. That’s because Interlocks has a strong pull on talented…Read More

2015 Best Cheese Shop

Formaggio Kitchen


If your idea of heaven smells like stinky blues and buttery Comté, welcome to paradise. True nerds du fromage shouldn’t miss Formaggio’s classes (some of which are held in its…Read More

2015 Best Museum

Museum of Fine Arts


On the strength of its individual exhibits alone—notably the vast Goya retrospective and Shinique Smith’s exuberant showcase—the Museum of Fine Arts is a formidable contender for best museum. But when…Read More

2015 Best Bar, Martha's Vineyard

The Port Hunter


If there’s one thing that goes well with great drinks, it’s shuffleboard. The Port Hunter, opened in 2012 by two local brothers, has both, plus a solid beer menu with…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Kendall Square

Ames Street Deli


Sorry, no turkey clubs and fountain sodas here. Instead, a diverse (and cleverly designed) cocktail menu showcases variations on classics such as the “MarTEAnez”—black-tea-infused gin, sweet vermouth, kirsch—paired with bar…Read More

2015 Best Place Maker



It’s certainly an achievement to draw in diners on the virtues of your food, your bustling crudo bar, and your top-notch bar program. It’s another entirely to knit together a…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Allston

Jo Jo Taipei


The “homemade flour corner” options reign supreme here, and the huge, aromatic xiao long bao (soup dumplings) put Chinatown’s version to shame. For intense flavor and generous portions, try a…Read More

2015 Best Bar with Games

Knight Moves Café


Not technically a bar (it’s BYOB), New England’s only board-game café offers gamers the opportunity to hang out in a comfier version of their living room while kicking their friends’…Read More

2015 Best Wedding Cakes

Konditor Meister


Whether it’s duplicating Pinterest printouts or dreaming up a wholly original confection, Konditor Meister (German for “master pastry chef”) creates wedding-cake wonders. Its tiered masterpieces have delighted couples for three…Read More

2015 Best Wedding Dresses



Owner Alix Childs offers modern brides funky alternatives to the white-meringue gown. In her sun-drenched Beacon Hill studio, she proffers hard-to-find frocks from fashionable faves like Lela Rose and Temperley…Read More

2015 Best Menswear, North

Farley’s of Newburyport


Sharply dressed men from Andover to Newburyport loosened their ties in dismay when John Farley Clothiers announced it would close last summer after nearly two decades in business. Thankfully, former…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Union Square

A4 Pizza


Barstools line every possible wall at this neighborhood staple, which is so cozy you’ll want to linger all day with a pint of Pretty Things Meadowlark and a wood-fired pie…Read More

2015 Best Dumplings

Mei Mei


Mei Mei’s handpleated classic pork dumplings, available at lunch, are crisp outside and properly juicy inside. In keeping with the Li siblings’ quirky take on Chinese fare, you’ll also find…Read More

2015 Best Custom Suits

Alan Rouleau Couture


If you’re going to drop a few grand on a suit, you might as well have it built from the ground up. Alan Rouleau—called one of America’s finest suit makers—can…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, East Boston

Pier’s Park Sailing Center


Don’t bother stopping at Pier’s Park for breathtaking views of Boston Harbor—instead sign up for the two-hour intro to sailing course and hop aboard to get sweeping views of the…Read More

2015 Best Casual Restaurant, West

Sweet Basil


It’s the scent that hits you first: sweet, pungent garlic, mixed with basil and white wine as it hits the pan. After that, it’s the service—warm and friendly, as if…Read More

2015 Best Wedding Caterer



Mediterranean, Asian, classic American—this Union Square caterer will happily hop from cuisine to cuisine for your wedding spread, incorporating vegan and gluten-free menus with ease. Chefs Dennis Tourse and Jamie…Read More

2015 Best Thai Restaurant

S & I to Go


Sometimes the most unassuming places pack the most punch. This humble haunt serves up pad see ew with ample wok char, just-sweet-enough pineapple curry, and a soulful pad gra prowRead More

2015 Best Dance Party

The Wave at Middlesex Lounge


Independent promotions company CLLCTV Boston is combatting the Hub’s puritanical closing hours by starting the party earlier. Once a month on Sunday afternoon—a time typically reserved for wallowing in Saturday’s…Read More

2015 Best Trivia Night

The Big Quiz Thing at Oberon


Bar trivia is a tricky business, but the Big Quiz Thing has the formula down. The free monthly event at Oberon offers kitschy graphics, quirky categories, and appropriately mind-lubricating beverages….Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South Boston

Thomas Park


Sure, you could catch a gorgeous sunset on the Esplanade, but the best view in town is from atop Thomas Park. Nine months of the year, you’ll find couples picnicking,…Read More

2015 Best Furniture, Classic

Room & Board


Journey through this airy five-floor showroom—deftly organized by category and function—for catalog-style displays of classic and midcentury designs. More than 90 percent of the selection is American-made, and the origin…Read More

2015 Best Mediterranean Restaurant



This loud, colorful Somerville meze bar is anything but traditional—here, the creamy hummus recalls a seven-layer dip, while juicy lamb köfte gets tucked into cute sliders. These Mediterranean-Americana hybrids are…Read More

2015 Best Art Lessons, Kids

Brookline Arts Center


Brookline Arts Center remains one of the most forward-thinking schools around. Popular offerings include comic-book classes for grade schoolers, a jewelry course for teens, and anything taught by engaging studio…Read More

2015 Best After-Hours Art Experience

Liquid Art House


The MFA may be a world-class marvel, but not for a nightcap. At gallery/restaurant Liquid Art House, striking visuals—starting with an enormous, scorpionlike Murano chandelier—complement boundary-pushing cocktails at the circular…Read More

2015 Best French Restaurant

La Voile


Maybe it was the plush red banquettes and gold ceiling fans that sold us on this subterranean Newbury Street bistro. Or maybe it was the friendly Parisian server, or the…Read More

2015 Best Ice Cream

J. P. Lick’s


This was a winner in our 2015 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2015 winners…Read More

2015 Best Restaurant, General Excellence



Every time the kitchen changes hands at Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s tiny South End enoteca, we hold our breath. First it was Bissonnette handing over the reins to the…Read More

2015 Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Life Alive


A new Boston staffer—a meat-loving New York transplant—recently ran into the office, excited after “discovering” Life Alive. It was then that we realized how lucky we are to have had…Read More

2015 Best Jewelry, Everyday

NYX Studio at Observatory


In a world where simply stringing beads qualifies as jewelry-making, Nicole Rueda-Watts stands in a class by herself. Trained in metalworking in the storied Mexican town of San Miguel de…Read More

2015 Best Empire Builder

Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese


After competing on the 2011 season of the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race, brothers James and Mike DiSabatino parlayed their signature brand of mayo-slathered grilled cheese into two…Read More

2015 Best Neighborhood Bar, Allston

Deep Ellum


Crowds head to Deep Ellum for its excellent craft-beer selection and numerous whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes, best imbibed on the back deck come summertime…Read More

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