Boston’s Chinatown is the third largest Chinatown in the United States. While the area is small, the restaurants range from classic Chinese to inventive Asian Fusion to James Beard nominated chef-driven, farm-to-table cuisine. Chef Mark O'Leary's Shojo restaurant is located right in the heart of this downtown district and here are his local favorite haunts.
By Chef Mark O'Leary
Chinatown feels like a world of its own sometimes. Being surrounded by the unique assortment of ingredients lends itself to creativity. That combined with the energy on the streets everyday makes it a fun environment to work in.
My Restaurant | Shojo
We try to change our menu up as much as possible. Working under the Asian Fusion umbrella allows us to be pretty creative with interpretations of the many cuisines throughout the continent. Regardless of how accurate the representation is, we always try to pay homage to the original source by taking the time to make the main component technically sound. Whether it's a specific noodle, bao or sauce, it's important for us to make sure that it's executed with care.
Shojo is also known for creative cocktails. Our bar manager Markus does a great job utilizing some lesser known ingredients. His drinks are always unique while still being approachable and delicious. We also are lucky enough to have a talented bar staff whose energy is reflected in each cocktail.
9 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111
T: 617.423.7888 | www.shojoboston.com
CHINATOWN LUNCH SPOTS
Chinese Tea House | Tea-Do
Get the bubble tea here, it is quite nice. I recommend the P5 with popping boba.
8 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111 | T: 617.988.8002 | www.kenshinteado.com
They nail it with traditional Taiwanese fare. My lovely girlfriend, Angela, hails from Taiwan and tells me that it's spot on.
34 Oxford Street, Boston, MA 02111
T: 617.426.8181 | taiwancafeboston.com
They make great dumplings and you generally won't have to wait in line.
95 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111
T: 617.338.8859 | www.dumplingcafe.com
Best Little Restaurant
They make tons of great dishes. Might I suggest the Eggplant with Spicy Garlic Sauce, Jumbo Shrimp with Walnut in Creamy Sauce and the Minced Meat and String Bean with Lettuce Wrap.
13 Hudson Street #A, Boston, MA 02111
T: 617.338.4988 | bestlittlerestaurant.com
For late night, good ol' Peach Farm usually does the trick.
Open until 3am
4 Tyler Street, Boston, MA 02111 | T: 617.482.1116
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