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Three Boston bar/restaurants that will make you cooler just by seating you.
Address: 272 Boylston St., Boston
At Excelsior, you can’t get any richer, but you can rest assured that not all of the patrons have just stepped off the runway.
With its sleek design and utterly pretentious three-story wine tower, Excelsior has some of the best food, wine, and views in the Boston area. Overlooking the Boston Public Garden, the restaurant is sandwiched between two high-end retail stores: the edgy androgynous designs of Sonia Rykiel and the sexy luxe lingerie of La Perla.
On the first floor is a younger, more stylish jet-set crowd that likes to munch on oysters ($14-21) and lobster pizza ($25) by the bar. House cocktails include $12 Ginger Cosmos and “Bajitos” (Mojitos with a basil twist). The upstairs restaurant is where Boston’s older elite dines on Porcini Crusted Sea Scallops ($16) and Organic Amish Free-Range Chicken ($28).
Name: Armani Caffé
Address: 214 Newbury St., Boston
Fittingly adjoined to Emporio Armani, the Armani Caffé is located on prime real estate on the Newbury strip. As a member of a global chain of Armani Caffé’s, the Boston location holds its own. The Armani Caffé is an excellent end to a day of high-end retail shopping at Louis of Boston and other Newbury landmarks. Or, for those on a budget, an excellent end to a day of pretending you were high-end retail shopping and then slipping into Payless when no one was looking.
The café’s sidewalk patio boasts an unrivaled locale to see and be seen. From ladies who lunch to European tourists dressed exclusively in black, the Armani Caffé serves up great people-watching as well as great Italian food.