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A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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16 Restaurants to Try in Downtown Crossing

Whether you’re looking for a working lunch or a nice cocktail

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Hand-pulled noodles at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
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One of Boston’s most compact neighborhoods, Downtown Crossing is nestled between the Common and the Financial District, coming close to the Theater District, Leather District, and Chinatown as well. A hub for commuters and shoppers, the neighborhood is often overlooked for reliable dining options, but it really does have a little bit of everything: places for after-work drinks, fine dining, grab-and-go lunches, and more casual options. These 16 excellent restaurants provide a mix of all of the above.

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Haley.Henry

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This cozy wine bar is tucked into the base of an unassuming building, like many restaurants in this neighborhood, but walk inside and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a nautical oasis. Let the staff help you select any of the bar’s rotating natural wine selections, and tuck into some tinned fish while you’re at it.

Silvertone Bar & Grill

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The ownership changed a few years back, but this longtime Downtown Crossing hangout is still a reliable spot for good, fairly inexpensive cocktails and comfort food. (Try the mac and cheese.)

A vintage cigarette poster hangs on a red wall, across a corner from a blue neon sign that reads Silvertone.
Silvertone Bar & Grill
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Sam LaGrassa's

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This is the go-to option for huge sandwiches in Downtown Crossing. Sam LaGrassa’s serves loaded hoagies and sandwiches with pickles, with an array of classic options like pastrami on rye and chicken cutlet parmigiana.

A sesame-studded bun loaded with chicken parmesan cut diagonally
Chicken parm from Sam LaGrassa’s
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Marliave

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A historic spot known for its oyster specials and cocktails, Marliave also has a killer French onion soup enhanced with short rib. The Sunday gravy gnocchi dish is also particularly satisfying. The restaurant was open in some form or another from 1875 (1885 at the current location) to 2006 before closing, but chef Scott Herritt bought and reopened it in 2008.

Overhead shot of gnocchi and a meat sauce on a white plate
Sunday gravy at Marliave
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Shed’s BBQ

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Everyone has an opinion about Boston’s barbecue situation. There aren’t a ton of options around town, but the relatively new Shed’s BBQ has been filling a niche in Downtown Crossing since opening in 2017. The casual joint offers various smoked meats on sandwiches or platters, plus ribs, sides, and selections of barbecue sauces. There are also “bowls” that feature meats on a base of grains or greens.

This Millennium Tower restaurant from famed chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga celebrates sushi, with a luxurious omakase menu, sushi rolls, robata grilled-items, and more. Pabu — an import from San Francisco — offers sashimi and nigiri as well, plus cocktails, beer, and vast selections of sake, wine, and whiskey.

A line of sushi laid out on a dark platter
Pabu Izakaya
Brian Samuels

The Merchant

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The Merchant has a pretty-far reaching dinner menu, which includes raw bar items and entrees like pork chops and roasted half chicken. It also serves lunch, and it offers a nice selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.

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The Merchant
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Yvonne's

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This swanky spot is worth visiting for the decor alone, but it has some fine snacks and cocktails, as well as large-format dishes and drinks to share with friends. The Yvonne’s team also runs Ruka down the road (see below.)

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Yvonne’s
Eric Levin

JM Curley

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A classic Downtown Crossing pub, JM Curley is the place to go for comfort food and a beer. Get the mac and cheese or a big burger with fries. (Note: It has a tiny steakhouse hidden inside.)

Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

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Stoddard’s is a dark and cozy pub that boasts cask beer, a fine whiskey selection, and plenty more spirits. For food, get the pretzel or charcuterie, or any number of cheesy, warm entrees.

Democracy Brewing

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Relatively new to the neighborhood, Democracy Brewing has a nice selection of its own beers, plus some pretty sturdy snacks, like loaded nachos, flatbreads, and burgers. Open for lunch and dinner, Democracy is a great place to escape the rain or cold, and the interior has some fascinating design features. As an added bonus, the kitchen is zero-waste, and the business is employee-owned.

A wooden bar with an illuminated brick wall in the rear and two half barrels hanging overhead. A logo painted on the wall reads “democracy brewing”
Democracy Brewing
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Boston Chops

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A shiny second edition of the popular South End steakhouse, Boston Chops is among the fine dining options in Downtown Crossing. Open for lunch on weekdays and until 1 a.m. seven days a week, the restaurant offers classic steakhouse fare, plus seafood towers, multiple preparations of potatoes, cocktails, and more, all in a leather-and-marble filled space.

A dark restaurant with wood tables, banquette seating, and place settings
Boston Chops
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Chacarero

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The namesake item at Downtown Crossing mainstay Chacarero — a casual shop that does bustling weekday lunch business — is a Chilean sandwich made with steak or chicken (or both), Muenster cheese, tomatoes, steamed green beans, avocado spread, and hot sauce. Chacarero got its start as a pushcart before moving into a permanent storefront back in 2005.

A sibling to Yvonne’s (see above), Ruka showcases nikkei cuisine, or Japanese-Peruvian fare. The elaborately designed interior provides a nice atmosphere for digging into the menu of grilled snacks, sushi, and more. The cocktails are the highlight on the beverage side, but there’s also plenty of beer, wine, and sake.

Slices of wagyu beef above a flame with a small dark bowl filled with dipping sauce
Fuego wagyu at Ruka
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Kingston Cuts

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This restaurant space has been overhauled multiple times in the last several years, and now as Kingston Cuts it serves a mix of pub fare like sandwiches, burgers, and nachos, along with mac and cheese, steak, and more.

Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

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On the bottom end of the neighborhood, Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe is a great lunch spot and source for hand-pulled noodles. Get the standard noodles (#4 on the menu) seasoned with so much chile and garlic, and add a skewer or two of lamb — and perhaps a tea egg — on the side.

A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Haley.Henry

This cozy wine bar is tucked into the base of an unassuming building, like many restaurants in this neighborhood, but walk inside and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a nautical oasis. Let the staff help you select any of the bar’s rotating natural wine selections, and tuck into some tinned fish while you’re at it.

Silvertone Bar & Grill

A vintage cigarette poster hangs on a red wall, across a corner from a blue neon sign that reads Silvertone.
Silvertone Bar & Grill
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The ownership changed a few years back, but this longtime Downtown Crossing hangout is still a reliable spot for good, fairly inexpensive cocktails and comfort food. (Try the mac and cheese.)

A vintage cigarette poster hangs on a red wall, across a corner from a blue neon sign that reads Silvertone.
Silvertone Bar & Grill
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Sam LaGrassa's

A sesame-studded bun loaded with chicken parmesan cut diagonally
Chicken parm from Sam LaGrassa’s
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

This is the go-to option for huge sandwiches in Downtown Crossing. Sam LaGrassa’s serves loaded hoagies and sandwiches with pickles, with an array of classic options like pastrami on rye and chicken cutlet parmigiana.

A sesame-studded bun loaded with chicken parmesan cut diagonally
Chicken parm from Sam LaGrassa’s
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Marliave

Overhead shot of gnocchi and a meat sauce on a white plate
Sunday gravy at Marliave
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A historic spot known for its oyster specials and cocktails, Marliave also has a killer French onion soup enhanced with short rib. The Sunday gravy gnocchi dish is also particularly satisfying. The restaurant was open in some form or another from 1875 (1885 at the current location) to 2006 before closing, but chef Scott Herritt bought and reopened it in 2008.

Overhead shot of gnocchi and a meat sauce on a white plate
Sunday gravy at Marliave
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Shed’s BBQ

Everyone has an opinion about Boston’s barbecue situation. There aren’t a ton of options around town, but the relatively new Shed’s BBQ has been filling a niche in Downtown Crossing since opening in 2017. The casual joint offers various smoked meats on sandwiches or platters, plus ribs, sides, and selections of barbecue sauces. There are also “bowls” that feature meats on a base of grains or greens.

Pabu

A line of sushi laid out on a dark platter
Pabu Izakaya
Brian Samuels

This Millennium Tower restaurant from famed chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga celebrates sushi, with a luxurious omakase menu, sushi rolls, robata grilled-items, and more. Pabu — an import from San Francisco — offers sashimi and nigiri as well, plus cocktails, beer, and vast selections of sake, wine, and whiskey.

A line of sushi laid out on a dark platter
Pabu Izakaya
Brian Samuels

The Merchant

Interior of a brightly lit restaurant with yellow walls and shiny red booths
The Merchant
Katie Chudy/Eater

The Merchant has a pretty-far reaching dinner menu, which includes raw bar items and entrees like pork chops and roasted half chicken. It also serves lunch, and it offers a nice selection of beer, wine, and cocktails.

Interior of a brightly lit restaurant with yellow walls and shiny red booths
The Merchant
Katie Chudy/Eater

Yvonne's

Wide angle of a restaurant with a marble bar, plush seating, and elaborate wall decor
Yvonne’s
Eric Levin

This swanky spot is worth visiting for the decor alone, but it has some fine snacks and cocktails, as well as large-format dishes and drinks to share with friends. The Yvonne’s team also runs Ruka down the road (see below.)

Wide angle of a restaurant with a marble bar, plush seating, and elaborate wall decor
Yvonne’s
Eric Levin

JM Curley

A classic Downtown Crossing pub, JM Curley is the place to go for comfort food and a beer. Get the mac and cheese or a big burger with fries. (Note: It has a tiny steakhouse hidden inside.)

Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale

Stoddard’s is a dark and cozy pub that boasts cask beer, a fine whiskey selection, and plenty more spirits. For food, get the pretzel or charcuterie, or any number of cheesy, warm entrees.

Democracy Brewing

A wooden bar with an illuminated brick wall in the rear and two half barrels hanging overhead. A logo painted on the wall reads “democracy brewing”
Democracy Brewing
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Relatively new to the neighborhood, Democracy Brewing has a nice selection of its own beers, plus some pretty sturdy snacks, like loaded nachos, flatbreads, and burgers. Open for lunch and dinner, Democracy is a great place to escape the rain or cold, and the interior has some fascinating design features. As an added bonus, the kitchen is zero-waste, and the business is employee-owned.

A wooden bar with an illuminated brick wall in the rear and two half barrels hanging overhead. A logo painted on the wall reads “democracy brewing”
Democracy Brewing
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Boston Chops

A dark restaurant with wood tables, banquette seating, and place settings
Boston Chops
Sarah Storrer/Eater

A shiny second edition of the popular South End steakhouse, Boston Chops is among the fine dining options in Downtown Crossing. Open for lunch on weekdays and until 1 a.m. seven days a week, the restaurant offers classic steakhouse fare, plus seafood towers, multiple preparations of potatoes, cocktails, and more, all in a leather-and-marble filled space.

A dark restaurant with wood tables, banquette seating, and place settings
Boston Chops
Sarah Storrer/Eater

Chacarero

The namesake item at Downtown Crossing mainstay Chacarero — a casual shop that does bustling weekday lunch business — is a Chilean sandwich made with steak or chicken (or both), Muenster cheese, tomatoes, steamed green beans, avocado spread, and hot sauce. Chacarero got its start as a pushcart before moving into a permanent storefront back in 2005.

Ruka

Slices of wagyu beef above a flame with a small dark bowl filled with dipping sauce
Fuego wagyu at Ruka
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

A sibling to Yvonne’s (see above), Ruka showcases nikkei cuisine, or Japanese-Peruvian fare. The elaborately designed interior provides a nice atmosphere for digging into the menu of grilled snacks, sushi, and more. The cocktails are the highlight on the beverage side, but there’s also plenty of beer, wine, and sake.

Slices of wagyu beef above a flame with a small dark bowl filled with dipping sauce
Fuego wagyu at Ruka
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Kingston Cuts

This restaurant space has been overhauled multiple times in the last several years, and now as Kingston Cuts it serves a mix of pub fare like sandwiches, burgers, and nachos, along with mac and cheese, steak, and more.

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Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

On the bottom end of the neighborhood, Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe is a great lunch spot and source for hand-pulled noodles. Get the standard noodles (#4 on the menu) seasoned with so much chile and garlic, and add a skewer or two of lamb — and perhaps a tea egg — on the side.

A black plastic bowl of thick hand-pulled noodles, heavily dusted with chile powder and topped with greens and a generous dollop of garlic. A wooden skewer of lamb pieces sits across the rim of the bowl, which is on a Chinese Zodiac placemat on a red tray
Hand-pulled noodles at Gene’s Chinese Flatbread Cafe
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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