J Squared Takes On Restaurant Week

By Jared Bowen

Always wanted to try the slow braised short ribs at L’Espalier? How about the roasted Scottish Salmon at No. 9 Park? Well if it’s the high-price of these renowned restaurants that’s been stopping you, you no longer have an excuse to stay away. That’s because it is restaurant week here in Boston, which (lucky for us) actually lasts ten whole days. All this week and next (not including weekends) local restaurants are offering special menus that focus on signature dishes at an incredible price. A two course lunch will run you 15.11 and a three course dinner just $33.11. There are dozens upon dozens of restaurants participating, so our resident insiders, J Squared—Jan Saragoni and Jared Bowen—have combed through all those special menus and plucked out a few gems for you.
Jan's Restaurant Week Picks
Chef/Owner Charles Draghi’s menu features Italian dishes made from local ingredients. Great wine, great wine, great cocktail. 69 Church Street, Boston
Maxwells 148
Maine Mussel Soup, Lobster-Butternut Squash Risotto,  Thai-spiced wild salmon, Spaghetti “Frutti di Mare” 148 East Central Street, Natick
Three course lunch at L’Espalier -- first course includes goat cheese pana cotta with rubarb or mussels with garam masala and sour cream.  Second course,  of slow braised short ribs or herb crusted arctic char. Desert: dark chocolate caramel mousse. 774 Boylston Street  Boston, MA 02199

Mare in the North End.  Organic seafood, featuring grilled octopus and caicucco, a spicy seafood and tomato stew and spice-rubbed lamb sirloin with lentils and swiss chard. 135 Richmond Street, Boston
BINA Osteria
Italian cuisine in downtown Boston/Theater District. Pork shoulder with swiss chard and vermouth.  581 Washington Street, Boston
Lala Rokh
Beacon Hill  mainstay for home-style Persian cooking. Try the Morgh Poloo, a saffron-seared chicken in a light tomato brother and rice, seasoned with cumin, cinnamon and rose petals.  97  Mt. Vernon Street, Beacon Hill.
Jared's List
Columbus Ave in Back Bay

Charles Street in Beacon Hill

KO Prime
Tremont Street in Beacon Hill

Harvard Street in Brookline.

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