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Lobster with scallions and ginger at Peach Farm in Chinatown
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Where to Eat in Boston’s Chinatown

The neighborhood’s best restaurants for dumplings and dim sum and noodles and sushi and so much more

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Lobster with scallions and ginger at Peach Farm in Chinatown
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Chinatown is, without a doubt, one of Boston’s best food neighborhoods. Want to eat the greatest dumplings in the city? Head to Chinatown. Dim sum? Check. Offal? Check. Peking duck? You got it. Chinatown has ramen; Chinatown has udon; Chinatown has sushi; Chinatown has pho; Chinatown has hot pot. Chinatown is where you bring your friend who’s visiting from out of town and wants to eat the best food the city has to offer.

It’s a dense, food-packed neighborhood to explore, but start with these 18 excellent options.

Please note that a number of Boston-area restaurants have resumed dine-in service, and the level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in the area, please visit the Massachusetts coronavirus website.

Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Q

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660 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(857) 350-3968
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The menu at the Q is massive and offers diners a mix of Japanese and Chinese food, but the play here is the Mongolian hot pot. Get the spicy beef tallow broth, and pack it with noodles, vegetables, and protein.

The Q is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub, Postmates, Seamless, and Uber Eats.

A restaurant interior full of diners. The space features brick and bright red accents.
The Q in Chinatown
The Q/Official Site

2. Avana Sushi

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42 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 818-7782
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This sushi spot lives inside a cramped food court on Beach Street and offers diners a ludicrously cheap ($7.50) lunch deal, which includes miso soup, one maki roll, and two sides. There’s also a newer, larger location in the Financial District (58 Franklin St.), but there’s something special about the weird little Beach Street location.

Avana is open for indoor dining, and takeout and delivery via the restaurant’s website.

3. Taiwan Cafe

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34 Oxford St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-8181
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The Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings at Taiwan Cafe are the truth, but don’t shy away from dishes such as sautéed pickled mustard greens with pork intestines, sautéed blood pudding, or Sichuan-style white fish in a pot of bubbling chili oil.

Taiwan Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

White fish in a metal pot of spicy red oil, topped with chopped chiles
Sichuan fish at Taiwan Cafe
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4. Gourmet Dumpling House

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52 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-6223
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Guess what’s good here? Gourmet Dumpling House makes some of the city’s best pork soup dumplings. Order them, but also eat the ox tongue and tripe with chili sauce. Try the chilled spicy pork ears, too.

Gourmet Dumpling House is open for takeout and delivery.

A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings at Gourmet Dumpling House
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5. Pho Pasteur

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682 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-7467
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This Vietnamese restaurant is a Chinatown staple. Pho Pasteur opened in 1991, and it has been serving an extensive menu of Vietnamese food — including, yes, some of the best pho in the city — ever since.

Pho Pasteur is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

Exterior of Pho Pasteur Vietnamese restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown
Pho Pasteur
Pho Pasteur/Official Site

6. Penang Malaysian Cuisine

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685 Washington St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 451-6373
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The roti canai is a sort of crispy pancake served with curry chicken, and it — along with the nasi lemak, which is a coconut-flavored rice dish served with a chili and anchovy-spiked curry chicken and a hard-boiled egg — is what you should order at Penang.

Penang Malaysian Cuisine is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Eat Street and Grubhub.

A Malaysian fish — curry chicken, rice, and a hard-boiled egg — on a banana leaf on a blue plate
Nasi lemak at Penang
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7. Empire Garden

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690 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-8898
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This eye-catching space was formerly a Vaudeville theater. (And no, it wasn’t a porn theater.) Peking duck is an option, making Empire Garden one of the very few restaurants in the city doing the dish.

Empire Garden is open for indoor dining and takeout.

The facade of Empire Garden restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown. The sign is red with yellow lettering. The building looks like an old theater, because it was once a theater.
Empire Garden promises “exotic cocktails,” “Chinese delicacies,” and more
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8. Hot Pot Buffet

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70 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-0808
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Hot Pot Buffet serves all-you-can-eat hot pot until close. There’s also a reasonably priced lunch deal ($15.99) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hot Pot Buffet is open for indoor dining and takeout.

Signage for Hot Pot Buffet in Boston’s Chinatown — red text on a white background, with an image of a cartoonish smiling bull giving a thumbs up
Hot Pot Buffet
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9. Dumpling Cafe

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695 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-8859
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Dumpling Cafe is the spot for Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings and pork soup dumplings. Not to be missed, however, is the Taiwan-style eggplant, which is sweet and spicy and gooey and perfect. Not in Chinatown but trying to satisfy a dumpling craving? Try Dumpling Cafe’s sibling restaurants Dumpling Kingdom and Dumpling Palace, located in Allston and Fenway, respectively.

Dumpling Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

A wooden steamer at Dumpling Cafe holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe
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10. Peach Farm

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4 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-1116
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Peach Farm was a late-night favorite among restaurant industry types before the pandemic struck. Its menu is overwhelming — there are literally hundreds of options — but that’s part of the allure. One could eat food from Peach Farm every night for a year before trying everything on the menu, but start with seafood, especially the lobster with ginger and scallions. There’s also Peking duck, and — unlike other neighborhood destinations for it — you don’t have to order in advance.

Peach Farm is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
Lobster with scallions and ginger at Peach Farm
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

11. Shojo

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9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-7888
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This extraordinarily hip spot is known for its inspired cocktails, but don’t miss the pork belly dumplings, the sesame charred greens, the tiger-style ribs, and whatever bao options are currently on offer.

Shojo is open for indoor dining (reserve here), outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

A burger served on a steamed bun and topped with a kimchi cheese and bacon
The “Shojonator” burger at Shojo
Shojo/Official Site

12. China Pearl

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9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 426-4338
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China Pearl’s yellow sign stands out on Tyler Street, beckoning hungry eaters toward its dim sum carts. There are several solid spots for dim sum in Chinatown, but don’t miss this one. Peking duck is also on the menu, but it must be ordered a half hour ahead of time.

China Pearl is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

The sign at China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown. It is yellow with red accents and black font.
China Pearl
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13. Hong Kong Eatery

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79 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 423-0838
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This Cantonese restaurant has been open since the 1980s and has since become a stalwart of Chinatown’s dining scene. The sautéed duck tongues in Maggi sauce are worth an order, as is anything made with XO sauce, which is a spicy, umami-rich fish sauce that originated in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Eatery is open for takeout and delivery.

A white plate with a blue floral pattern around the edge holds a Chinese beef and rice dish
Beef in Beijing sauce at Hong Kong Eatery
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14. Winsor Dim Sum Cafe

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10 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-1688
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Winsor Dim Sum Cafe’s dim sum menu is expansive. The restaurant also does great congee, and its shredded pig ears in mala sauce are not to be missed.

Winsor Dim Sum Café is open for takeout and delivery.

A spread of dim sum dishes, including several dumplings
A dim sum spread at Winsor Dim Sum Cafe
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15. New Jumbo Seafood

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5 Hudson St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-2823
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New Jumbo Seafood obviously has its fair share of seafood options, but it also serves deep-fried quail, roasted pigeon, and Peking duck.

New Jumbo Seafood is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

Signage for New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown — raised red lettering on a gold background
New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
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16. Irashai

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8 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111
(857) 277-1443
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This Japanese spot has an extensive menu, including sushi, sashimi, maki, and a variety of teriyaki options. The pork katsu — which is fried pork cutlet — and some sushi is the play.

Irashai is open for takeout and delivery via Beyond Menu and Grubhub.

A plate of sushi, including pieces of salmon, a roll, and more
Sushi at Irashai
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17. Shabu Zen

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16 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 292-8828
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Shabu Zen is one of the city’s best hot pot spots (there’s also a location in Allston), and it’s been around for almost 20 years. Splurge and get the prime ribeye, and pair it with the Mongolian-style spicy broth.

Shabu Zen is open for indoor dining.

A bowl of clams in broth at a hot pot restaurant
Clams at Shabu Zen
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18. Tora Japanese Restaurant

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20B Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 542-6688
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One of several excellent Japanese options in a neighborhood more focused around Chinese food, the subterranean Tora opened in late 2017, featuring kaisen don — rice bowls with sashimi — and describing itself as the first local restaurant to do so. There’s also makimono, poke, hot entrees (such as broiled teriyaki eel over rice), and more.

Tora is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Seamless.

A bowl of raw seafood, including salmon and salmon roe, on rice, served on a wooden tray with miso soup
The Tokyo don, plus extra salmon, at Tora Japanese Restaurant in Chinatown
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

1. The Q

660 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
A restaurant interior full of diners. The space features brick and bright red accents.
The Q in Chinatown
The Q/Official Site

The menu at the Q is massive and offers diners a mix of Japanese and Chinese food, but the play here is the Mongolian hot pot. Get the spicy beef tallow broth, and pack it with noodles, vegetables, and protein.

The Q is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Grubhub, Postmates, Seamless, and Uber Eats.

660 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

2. Avana Sushi

42 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

This sushi spot lives inside a cramped food court on Beach Street and offers diners a ludicrously cheap ($7.50) lunch deal, which includes miso soup, one maki roll, and two sides. There’s also a newer, larger location in the Financial District (58 Franklin St.), but there’s something special about the weird little Beach Street location.

Avana is open for indoor dining, and takeout and delivery via the restaurant’s website.

42 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

3. Taiwan Cafe

34 Oxford St, Boston, MA 02111
White fish in a metal pot of spicy red oil, topped with chopped chiles
Sichuan fish at Taiwan Cafe
Taiwan Cafe/Facebook

The Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings at Taiwan Cafe are the truth, but don’t shy away from dishes such as sautéed pickled mustard greens with pork intestines, sautéed blood pudding, or Sichuan-style white fish in a pot of bubbling chili oil.

Taiwan Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

34 Oxford St
Boston, MA 02111

4. Gourmet Dumpling House

52 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
A metal steamer containing eight plump Chinese soup dumplings
Soup dumplings at Gourmet Dumpling House
WordRidden/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Guess what’s good here? Gourmet Dumpling House makes some of the city’s best pork soup dumplings. Order them, but also eat the ox tongue and tripe with chili sauce. Try the chilled spicy pork ears, too.

Gourmet Dumpling House is open for takeout and delivery.

52 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

5. Pho Pasteur

682 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
Exterior of Pho Pasteur Vietnamese restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown
Pho Pasteur
Pho Pasteur/Official Site

This Vietnamese restaurant is a Chinatown staple. Pho Pasteur opened in 1991, and it has been serving an extensive menu of Vietnamese food — including, yes, some of the best pho in the city — ever since.

Pho Pasteur is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery.

682 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

6. Penang Malaysian Cuisine

685 Washington St, Boston, MA 02116
A Malaysian fish — curry chicken, rice, and a hard-boiled egg — on a banana leaf on a blue plate
Nasi lemak at Penang
Dippy_Duck/Flickr (Creative Commons)

The roti canai is a sort of crispy pancake served with curry chicken, and it — along with the nasi lemak, which is a coconut-flavored rice dish served with a chili and anchovy-spiked curry chicken and a hard-boiled egg — is what you should order at Penang.

Penang Malaysian Cuisine is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via Eat Street and Grubhub.

685 Washington St
Boston, MA 02116

7. Empire Garden

690 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
The facade of Empire Garden restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown. The sign is red with yellow lettering. The building looks like an old theater, because it was once a theater.
Empire Garden promises “exotic cocktails,” “Chinese delicacies,” and more
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

This eye-catching space was formerly a Vaudeville theater. (And no, it wasn’t a porn theater.) Peking duck is an option, making Empire Garden one of the very few restaurants in the city doing the dish.

Empire Garden is open for indoor dining and takeout.

690 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

8. Hot Pot Buffet

70 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111
Signage for Hot Pot Buffet in Boston’s Chinatown — red text on a white background, with an image of a cartoonish smiling bull giving a thumbs up
Hot Pot Buffet
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Hot Pot Buffet serves all-you-can-eat hot pot until close. There’s also a reasonably priced lunch deal ($15.99) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hot Pot Buffet is open for indoor dining and takeout.

70 Beach St
Boston, MA 02111

9. Dumpling Cafe

695 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111
A wooden steamer at Dumpling Cafe holds half a dozen plump soup dumplings.
Soup dumplings at Dumpling Cafe
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Dumpling Cafe is the spot for Taiwan-style pan-fried dumplings and pork soup dumplings. Not to be missed, however, is the Taiwan-style eggplant, which is sweet and spicy and gooey and perfect. Not in Chinatown but trying to satisfy a dumpling craving? Try Dumpling Cafe’s sibling restaurants Dumpling Kingdom and Dumpling Palace, located in Allston and Fenway, respectively.

Dumpling Cafe is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash and Grubhub.

695 Washington St
Boston, MA 02111

10. Peach Farm

4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A plate with a blue border embellished by birds holds a portion of lobster with scallions and ginger
Lobster with scallions and ginger at Peach Farm
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Peach Farm was a late-night favorite among restaurant industry types before the pandemic struck. Its menu is overwhelming — there are literally hundreds of options — but that’s part of the allure. One could eat food from Peach Farm every night for a year before trying everything on the menu, but start with seafood, especially the lobster with ginger and scallions. There’s also Peking duck, and — unlike other neighborhood destinations for it — you don’t have to order in advance.

Peach Farm is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

4 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

11. Shojo

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A burger served on a steamed bun and topped with a kimchi cheese and bacon
The “Shojonator” burger at Shojo
Shojo/Official Site

This extraordinarily hip spot is known for its inspired cocktails, but don’t miss the pork belly dumplings, the sesame charred greens, the tiger-style ribs, and whatever bao options are currently on offer.

Shojo is open for indoor dining (reserve here), outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

12. China Pearl

9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
The sign at China Pearl in Boston’s Chinatown. It is yellow with red accents and black font.
China Pearl
Terrence B. Doyle/Eater

China Pearl’s yellow sign stands out on Tyler Street, beckoning hungry eaters toward its dim sum carts. There are several solid spots for dim sum in Chinatown, but don’t miss this one. Peking duck is also on the menu, but it must be ordered a half hour ahead of time.

China Pearl is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

9 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

13. Hong Kong Eatery

79 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111
A white plate with a blue floral pattern around the edge holds a Chinese beef and rice dish
Beef in Beijing sauce at Hong Kong Eatery
Herman Saksono/Flickr (Creative Commons)

This Cantonese restaurant has been open since the 1980s and has since become a stalwart of Chinatown’s dining scene. The sautéed duck tongues in Maggi sauce are worth an order, as is anything made with XO sauce, which is a spicy, umami-rich fish sauce that originated in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Eatery is open for takeout and delivery.

79 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02111

14. Winsor Dim Sum Cafe

10 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A spread of dim sum dishes, including several dumplings
A dim sum spread at Winsor Dim Sum Cafe
Sang-Min Yoon/Flickr (Creative Commons)

Winsor Dim Sum Cafe’s dim sum menu is expansive. The restaurant also does great congee, and its shredded pig ears in mala sauce are not to be missed.

Winsor Dim Sum Café is open for takeout and delivery.

10 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

15. New Jumbo Seafood

5 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111
Signage for New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant in Boston’s Chinatown — raised red lettering on a gold background
New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

New Jumbo Seafood obviously has its fair share of seafood options, but it also serves deep-fried quail, roasted pigeon, and Peking duck.

New Jumbo Seafood is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

5 Hudson St
Boston, MA 02111

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16. Irashai

8 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111
A plate of sushi, including pieces of salmon, a roll, and more
Sushi at Irashai
Irashai/Facebook

This Japanese spot has an extensive menu, including sushi, sashimi, maki, and a variety of teriyaki options. The pork katsu — which is fried pork cutlet — and some sushi is the play.

Irashai is open for takeout and delivery via Beyond Menu and Grubhub.

8 Kneeland St
Boston, MA 02111

17. Shabu Zen

16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A bowl of clams in broth at a hot pot restaurant
Clams at Shabu Zen
Korsha Wilson/Eater

Shabu Zen is one of the city’s best hot pot spots (there’s also a location in Allston), and it’s been around for almost 20 years. Splurge and get the prime ribeye, and pair it with the Mongolian-style spicy broth.

Shabu Zen is open for indoor dining.

16 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

18. Tora Japanese Restaurant

20B Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A bowl of raw seafood, including salmon and salmon roe, on rice, served on a wooden tray with miso soup
The Tokyo don, plus extra salmon, at Tora Japanese Restaurant in Chinatown
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

One of several excellent Japanese options in a neighborhood more focused around Chinese food, the subterranean Tora opened in late 2017, featuring kaisen don — rice bowls with sashimi — and describing itself as the first local restaurant to do so. There’s also makimono, poke, hot entrees (such as broiled teriyaki eel over rice), and more.

Tora is open for indoor dining, takeout, and delivery via DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Seamless.

20B Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

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