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The 38 Essential Boston Restaurants, October 2012

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Presenting Boston's updated Eater 38, your answer to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every few months, we'll be adding pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.

New to this update: The Helmand, jm Curley, Estragon, Tu y Yo, Matt Murphy's and Green Street.

For those of you readying the pitchforks because your favorite restaurant isn't on the list, wouldn't it just be more productive to leave your thoughts in the comments? State your cases for (or against) restaurants in the comments or through the tipline.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Strip-T's Restaurant

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93 School St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 923-4330
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2. T.W. Food

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377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-4745
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3. Tu Y Yo

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858 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-5411
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4. Russell House Tavern

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14 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 500-3055
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5. Rialto

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1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-5050
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6. Bergamot

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118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 576-7700
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7. East by Northeast

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1128 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-0286
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8. Oleana

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134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0505
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9. Bondir

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279 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 661-0009
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10. Hungry Mother

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233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 499-0090
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11. Area Four

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500 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 758-4444
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12. Craigie on Main

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853 Main St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 497-5511
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13. Catalyst

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300 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

14. The Helmand

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143 1st St
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 492-4646
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15. Salts

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798 Main St, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-8444
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16. Rendezvous

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502 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-1900
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17. Green Street

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280 Green St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 876-1655
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18. Baraka Cafe

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80 Pearl St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 868-3951
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19. Shanghai Gate

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204 Harvard Ave
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 566-7344
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20. Sichuan Gourmet

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1006 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 277-4226
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21. Sweet Cheeks Q

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1381 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 266-1300
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22. Island Creek Oyster Bar

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500 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-5300
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23. Erbaluce

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69 Church St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-6969
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24. Myers + Chang

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1145 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 542-5200
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25. Coppa

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253 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 391-0902
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26. Picco

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513 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 927-0066
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27. The Franklin Cafe

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278 Shawmut Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 350-0010
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28. The Gallows

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1395 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

29. Estragon

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700 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 266-0443
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30. Hamersley's Bistro

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553 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02116

31. Toro

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1704 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-4300
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32. Radius

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8 High St
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 426-1234
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33. jm Curley

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21 Temple Pl
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 338-5333
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34. Neptune Oyster

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63 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3474
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35. Trade

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540 Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 451-1234
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36. Angela's Cafe

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131 Lexington St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 567-4972
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37. Ten Tables

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597 Centre St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-8810
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38. Matt Murphy's Pub

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14 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 232-0188
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1. Strip-T's Restaurant

93 School St, Watertown, MA 02472
93 School St
Watertown, MA 02472

2. T.W. Food

377 Walden St, Cambridge, MA 02138
377 Walden St
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Tu Y Yo

858 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
858 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

4. Russell House Tavern

14 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
14 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Rialto

1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Bergamot

118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
118 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

7. East by Northeast

1128 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
1128 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

8. Oleana

134 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
134 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

9. Bondir

279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
279 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139

10. Hungry Mother

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave, Cambridge, MA 02141
233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave
Cambridge, MA 02141

11. Area Four

500 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139
500 Technology Square, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139

12. Craigie on Main

853 Main St, Cambridge, MA 02139