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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Reconsider Boston Harbor


2. Where to Eat

Sportello's mod lunch counter.   

Get lunch at Sensing for two thirds of the cost of dinner. The restaurant opened in January at the Fairmont Battery Wharf with a menu designed by three-star Michelin chef Guy Martin. His dishes are executed by his former protégé, French-born Gerard Barbin.

Chef Barbara Lynch opened her high-end Italian lunch counter Sportello last November, and it’s been on food editors’ lists ever since. Saveur deemed it a “restaurant that matters” and Travel + Leisure last month called it one of the country’s 50 best new restaurants. Reserve a stool in advance in order to try the truffled gnocchi with peas and mushrooms.

There’s not a bad bite in the fifteen-course, three-hour eating event that is the omakase menu at O Ya. Get a seat at the counter and your $150 will get you a glimpse of Top Chef finalist Tiffani Faison, as well as pieces of foie gras balsamic chocolate kabayaki with raison cocoa pulp.

Published on May 21, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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