Coffee and Breakfast

Let's be honest, it's a little too early to be roaming far for morning sustenance. All of the breakfast and coffee options below are within walking distance from the meeting hotel.

Seaport Café
(Within the Seaport Hotel)

636 Congress St.
(In the Renaissance Boston Harbor Hotel lobby)

Flour Bakery + Café ($ - coffee and lunch)
12 Farnsworth St.
Flour now boasts four locations throughout the city, but Boston residents can't seem to get enough. Come here for coffee and breakfast pastries (perhaps one of the famous sticky buns if you're feeling decadent). With its gourmet sandwich selection, the cafe is also a lunchtime favorite.

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company ($ - coffee and pastries)
346 Congress St.

Channel Café ($ - coffee and lunch)
300 Summer St.

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Seaport District

This area where your hotel is located is on the southern side of Boston, affording beautiful views of the city skyline and harbor. The Seaport has expanded exponentially over the last decade and there are a number of great restaurants right within walking distance of the conference hotel.

Sportello ($$$)
348 Congress St.
(617) 737-1234
Sportello offers a menu of chef Barbara Lynch's trattoria-inspired Italian dishes and a unique take on counter seating. Visit the bakery counter for a quick bite or to sample some of the fabulous breads and pastries.

Trade ($$$)
540 Atlantic Ave. at Congress St.
(617) 451-1234
You can get New American lunch or dinner at this conveniently located new restaurant. It's been described as "woodsy-industrial" with communal tables and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Greenway.

Papagayo ($$)
283 Summer St.
(617) 423-1000
This Mexican restaurant features an extensive tequila menu and tableside made-to-order guacamole.

Blue Dragon ($$)
34 A St.
Ming Tsai's brand-new Asian gastropub is open for lunch and dinner. The tapas-style menu is great for groups and is right near the conference center. Blue Dragon also has a to-go lunch menu if you're eating on the run at AAUP.

Legal Harborside ($$$)
270 Northern Ave.
(617) 477-2900
Legal Harborside—Legal Seafood's three-story flagship restaurant—has a different theme and menu for each floor and is topped with a rooftop lounge complete with a retractable glass roof and walls. Set right on the water, you will have no shortage of harbor views.

Barking Crab ($$)
88 Sleeper St.
(617) 426-2722
A funky, casual seafood restaurant with an outdoor deck featuring picnic-style seating, live music, and bar. You will be privy to stunning views of the water and city skyline (especially at night).

Empire ($$$)
1 Marina Park Drive
(617) 295-0001
Described as "Imperial China meets contemporary Asia," the decor is as impressive as the food at Empire. The cuisine ranges from sushi to noodles to wok dishes, and the drinks can be ordered by the double-barreled scorpion bowl.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House ($$$$)
250 Northern Ave
(617) 951-1368
Come for the steak, stay for the harborside views—or maybe we have it reversed. Both are equally impressive.

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North End

The North End, Boston's Little Italy, is located a mile and a half from the meeting hotel and the Boston Harborwalk will take you straight there. You can stroll down Hanover Street for many excellent restaurant options, but we have narrowed it down a bit with some favorites listed below:

Neptune Oyster ($$$)
63 Salem St.
(617) 742-3474
Arguably the best lobster roll in the city (heaps of lobster meat served warm with butter on a brioche bun), but Neptune doesn't take reservations, so be prepared for a wait. There is plenty to do and see in the North End after you put your name in and wait for the call.

Monica's Mercato ($ - takeout only)
130 Salem St.
(617) 742-4101
The Italian sub is unbeatable from this tiny family-run shop. Or pack up a selection of their antipasto for a picnic on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. For more of a sit-down experience, walk 100 feet across the street to Trattoria di Monica (67 Prince St.).

Ernesto's ($)
69 Salem St.
(617) 523-1373
Pizzeria Regina may have the name recognition, but Ernesto's won't have the lines. If you simply want to grab a solid slice to enjoy outside on the Greenway, this is your spot.

Prezza ($$$)
24 Fleet St.
(617) 227-1577
All Italian staples are present and accounted for at Prezza. Come hungry for their handmade pasta and extensive wine list.

Ristorante Fiore ($$$)
250 Hanover St.
(617) 371-1176
Ristorante Fiore does serve dinner, but we recommend coming here for the roof deck and a pitcher of sangria.

Bella Vista ($$)
288 Hanover St.
(617) 367-4999
Bella Vista is a small, hidden gem nestled along Hanover Street and serves tasty Italian staples at reasonable prices.

Save room! No North End trip would be complete without a stop into one of these pastry mainstays. You'll find vehement loyalists on both sides of the Mike's vs. Modern debate. Why not get a cannoli from each and decide for yourself?

Modern Pastry ($)
257 Hanover St.

Mike's Pastry ($)
300 Hanover St.

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Cross the Summer Street bridge and keep walking straight to find yourself in Downtown Boston. This compact area is comprised of the areas south and east of the Boston Common, housing the many shops of Downtown Crossing, the Financial District, and Faneuil Hall.

Stoddard's ($$)
48 Temple Pl.
(617) 426-0048
This gastropub/saloon is known for its extensive list of beers, ales, and pre-Prohibition era cocktails. The interior takes a step back in time, complete with a towering 30-foot carved-column mahogany bar lined with 25 taps, gas lamps, and corsets (which pay tribute to the building's first occupants: a corset shop).

Quincy Market ($)
4 S Market St.
If your group can't agree on a restaurant, try braving the crowds with a walk through Quincy Market. This food court stretches through the middle of Faneuil Hall Marketplace and its stalls serve up a range of to-go options, from lobster bisque to fruit smoothies to sushi to pizza. Several sit-down restaurants are also located in this historic building, including Cheers, Salty Dog, Dick's Last Resort, and Wagamama.

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Back Bay/Fenway

This area is often considered the heart of Boston. From the mirrored Hancock tower to the stately Boston Public Library, you'll experience pieces of Boston's history and its present. Take the red line from South Station to Park and walk through Boston Common. Or you can switch at Park to the Green Line and get off anywhere between Arlington and Kenmore. Since the area is home to Newbury Street shops, Commonwealth Avenue restaurants, and Fenway Park, there is no scarcity of sites and eats:

Eastern Standard ($$$)
528 Commonwealth Ave.
(617) 532-9100
If a long day at AAUP has you hankering for some strong spirits, make a stop at Eastern Standard. Dark, comfortable, and modeled after a 1940s train station, it's the perfect spot to sample mixologist Jackson Cannon's cocktails. It's also a great time of year to sit outside on the patio and experience the hustle of Kenmore Square. You won't want to drink on an empty stomach—it's hard to make a bad choice from the upscale American menu. And don't skip the butterscotch bread pudding. Trust us.

Island Creek Oyster Bar ($$$)
500 Commonwealth Ave.
(617) 532-5300
The famed bivalves from Duxbury have been a staple of the Boston restaurant scene for years, but the new ICOB is a shrine to their briny glory. The upscale beachy ambiance will have you hungry for sea creatures and the offerings here do not disappoint.

Sweet Cheeks ($$)
1381 Boylston St.
(617) 266-1300
After Tiffani Faison's stint on Top Chef, she returned to Boston with a piece of Texas. Gorge on some biscuits, smoked meat, a hot or cold side, and a giant nutter butter, and we dare you to still be hungry.

El Pelon ($)
92 Peterborough St.
(617) 262-9090
Sometimes you just need a burrito. A great burrito.

Lolita Cocina and Tequila Bar ($$$)
271 Dartmouth St.
(617) 369-5609
Between the darkened crimson interior and a selection of over 200 types of tequila, you are bound to have a fun experience at this bawdy neighborhood cantina. Lolita serves up playful interpretations of Mexican-inspired food—try out their tequila spiked granita "appetizer" and cotton candy dessert!

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South End

This section of the city just might be Boston's food capitol. Walk and shop Tremont, Washington, Harrison, and their tree-lined side streets. Take the SL4 Silver Line from South Station and get off at the Union Park stop. If you are already in Back Bay, you can walk down Darmouth Street to Tremont.

Gaslight ($$)
560 Harrison Ave.
(617) 422-0224
Gaslight offers a selection of Parisian brasserie cuisine in an informal, old world setting. Seating is an eclectic mix of bar seating, café tables, communal tables, booths and banquettes. Their escargot is fantastic, but if snails are not your thing, there is plenty to love on Gaslight's menu.

Myers + Chang ($$)
1145 Washington St.
(617) 542-5200
A funky indie diner serving creative takes on Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes. Try Mama Chang's dumplings, the wok-charred octopus, and, for those who like it hot, the tiger's tears.

Picco ($$)
513 Tremont St.
(617) 927-0066
This charming Italian eatery is known for its mouthwatering gourmet pizza and ice cream, as well as for great people watching from the patio onto Tremont Street. Unfortunately, they do not accept reservations, but if it's crowded, keep in mind that the bar offers the full menu as well.

Toro ($$$)
1704 Washington St.
(617) 536-4300
A favorite among tapas enthusiasts, Toro is owned by Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette, stalwarts of the Boston culinary scene. It's frequently packed and doesn't take reservations, so we recommend trying to eat at an off time (pretend you're in Spain!).

Coppa ($$$)
253 Shawmut Ave.
(617) 391-0902
Another inspired Ken Oringer-Jamie Bissonette small plates joint, but this time the plates are of the Italian persuasion. They know it's more fun to share.

South End Buttery ($$)
314 Shawmut Ave.
(617) 482-1127
Since it is primarily known for its brunch and coffee offerings, many don't realize the Buttery has an excellent dinner menu as well. Relax with comfort food and comfort seating, surrounded by portraits of man's best friend.

The Beehive ($$$)
541 Tremont St.
(617) 423-0069
Beehive is a "bohemian eatery" serving comfort foods and excellent cocktails. With a fun, young ambiance and live music featured every day of the week, it's a favorite among the locals. They take reservations and we'd recommend making one.

The Gallows ($$)
1395 Washington St.
(617) 425-0200
Enjoy an adventurous cocktail at the bar, admiring the view of the soaring, historic Cathedral of the Holy Cross from the front window, or find a cozy table in back. The Gallows features regional favorites from throughout the maritime Northeast—poutine, mackerel salad, Vermont lamb—alongside Scotch eggs, Korean BBQ tacos, and other contemporary gastropub favorites. Buttermilk fried oysters make delightful surprise appearances on the weekend brunch menu, or atop outstanding burgers.

Hamersley's ($$$)
553 Tremont St.
(617) 423-2700
Celebrity chef Gordon Hamersley established his bistro in the South End over 20 years ago, before the area became the culinary mecca it is today. He certainly set the tone, and has been able to weather food fads with his classic French dishes. Once you've tried his signature roast chicken dish, poultry will never be the same.

Parish Café ($)
493 Mass Ave. (South End)
361 Boylston St. (Back Bay next to the Public Garden)
(617) 247-4777
Owner Gordon Wilcox approached Boston various chefs and asked them each to create a sandwich for the Parish Cafe menu. The result is a diverse and tasty selection of sandwiches and salads that represent the city well.

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Beacon Hill

Take the Red Line from South Station and exit at Park Street. Walk across Boston Common, toward the gleam of the State House dome, and you'll find yourself in Beacon Hill—Boston's historic Brahmin neighborhood. Browse the antiques shops on Charles Street and feel surrounded by history on these cobblestone streets lined with colonial brick row houses. It's easy to imagine some of Beacon Hill's famous residents (Louisa May Alcott, Robert Frost, and Robert Lowell among them) walking these same paths.

jm Curley ($$)
21 Temple Pl.
(617) 338-5333
Named after the controversial mayor of Boston (and kingpin of the Boston Irish mob), jm Curley features a fun bar menu and is the perfect spot for late-night snacks and drinks. Enjoy their irreverent "law + order" rules posted on the menu.

No. 9 Park ($$$$)
9 Park St.
(617) 742-9991
For those looking for a truly upscale experience, make reservations at the restaurant that put Barbara Lynch on the map. Located in an elegant townhouse in Boston's historic Beacon Hill, No. 9 Park provides an intimate setting in which to enjoy her refined cuisine. The menu showcases a blend of regionally-inspired Italian and French dishes with an emphasis on simplicity and flavor.

Fig's ($$)
42 Charles St.
(617) 742-3447
Todd English knows pizza. Pair his prosciutto, fig, and gorgonzola thin-crust pizza with one of the fantastic side salads and you've got yourself a meal. Fig's has a laid back atmosphere and is located right in the center of Charles Street.

Scampo ($$$)
215 Charles St.
(617) 536-2100
Chef Lydia Shire lives up to her reputation for defying tradition at Scampo where she serves Italian-inspired cuisine that draw on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. Scampo is located in the chic Liberty Hotel, once a prison housing some of Boston's most notorious criminals and now home to several classy drinking establishments aptly named to reflect the buildings notorious past—Clink and Alibi.

Tip Tap Room ($$)
138 Cambridge St.
(857) 350-3344
The Tip Tap Room is named after its combination of an inventive selection of "tips" (steak, turkey, lamb, etc.) and its immense selection "taps" (beers) in an upscale pub setting. It's a popular post-work spot among the many young urban professionals of the area.

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Meadhall ($$)
4 Cambridge Center
With wall-to-wall windows and a sweeping two-story main room, Meadhall is a sophisticated (yet still casual) beer hall known for its vast beer, mead, and cider selection. The rosemary fries and veggie burger are not to be missed.

Area Four ($$)
500 Technology Square
(617) 758-4444
Area Four does double duty as both a bakery/coffeehouse and bar/oven. Though it is a bit of a walk from the Kendall stop, it is well worth the hike to enjoy one of their gourmet pizzas cooked in one of the two wood-fired ovens that anchor the restaurant.

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Central Square

Veggie Galaxy ($)
450 Mass Ave
(617) 497-1513
All the trappings of a 1950s diner with a vegetarian twist. Although they feature only vegan and vegetarian options, Veggie Galaxy's flavorful menu will appeal to herbivores and omnivores alike.

Green Street ($$)
280 Green St.
(617) 876-1655
Don't be fooled by its rough exterior, through Green Street's door is a warm atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and a bar menu that consistently delivers. When you go, ask for the A-Z cocktail list.

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Harvard Square

Charlie's Beer Garden ($)
10 Eliot St.
If sitting outside and enjoying a cold beer and some waffle fries sounds right up your alley, come to Charlie's. The dearth of beer gardens in Cambridge makes Charlie's a sought-after spot for outdoor imbibing.

Russell House Tavern ($$)
14 John F. Kennedy St.
(617) 500-3055
Located right in the heart of Harvard Square, Russell House is a foolproof night out with its well-executed cocktails and solid versions of standard tavern fare. Stay until 11pm for the dollar oysters.

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