We like the miso-glazed, sesame-crusted seared Scottish salmon served with a baby bok choy stir-fry, as well as the pan-roasted halibut. But the real crowd-pleaser is the two-pound roasted Maine lobster with sweet corn pudding.
A better choice is the potatoes au gratin. Pair it all with a Cabernet chosen from one of the more than 10,000 wine bottles contained in the numerous wine walls that line the two-story restaurant. End the night right with a slice of six-layer lemon cake.
American Restaurant in Cambridge, MA, United States
The bar offers $1 oysters daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a weekly grilled cheese for $2. If you’re in the suburbs, try de Magistris’ sister restaurant, an Italian trattoria, Il Casale, in his hometown of Belmont.
For dessert, try the house-baked apple crisp. After-work crowds jam the smallish space, which blends the vibe of a rustic tavern and fern bar; a younger crowd moves in late night for the drinks and singles scene, not necessarily in that order.