Marc P., Princeton University
Take short walk north from the intersection of Nassau Street and
Chambers and you’ll pass a sketchy stairwell leading down to a small
sushi restaurant called Ajihei. Though it doesn’t seat many and the line
was rather long, my dinner companions and I decided to try our chances
and attempt to get one of the few tables that seats more than two. After
a substantial wait, we were seated and treated to piping hot mugs of
At first, Aldea and Laut seem on equal footing: barely a block
separates the two, and both received one star in the 2010 New York City
Michelin Guide. Last Friday night, I ate at Laut, and last Saturday, at
Aldea. If the little red book’s ratings prove accurate, then one star
restaurants ought to revolve around a common axis of quality.
Realistically, the Michelin Guide should not be expected to produce
exact parity within star groups; after all, the resolution of a one to
three star system is poor, resulting in a spectrum within each class.
Theoretically, however, that spectrum should not range so wildly as to
render predictions of quality from a restaurant’s star(s) meaningless.
Sajan B., Boston University
Right on the Boston Harbor in the South End, near the Boston World
Trade Center, Anthony’s Pier 4 has a great location. The outside of the
building itself has a homey feeling and showcases the restaurant’s
historical significance, since it has been around for almost 50 years.
When you walk into the restaurant, the atmosphere changes. It’s obvious
once you step into the building that the restaurant is upscale and
elegant. The waiters dressed as sailors also intensify the fact that you
are right on the harbor, looking out onto the ocean.
As most of the menu was seafood, which I happen to be allergic to, I
ordered a simple Iceberg Wedge Salad. The salad was pretty great
compared to the regular dining food that I eat, but the best part of it
was definitely the ancho pepper dressing. My friends with me had the
smoked salmon, fried calamari, and steamed clams. For dessert we ordered
the strawberry cheesecake and the chocolate espresso cake. While the
strawberry cheesecake was magnificent, the chocolate espresso cake was a
little too rich. Just as the food was great, so was the service.
Overall, compared to a typical college student meal, lunch at Anthony’s
Pier 4 was a good time.
Anthony’s Pier 4
140 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
At Annisa, Columbia
graduate Anita Lo serves internationally inspired food—from Japan to
France—to a hip West Village crowd. After a devastating fire in 2009,
Annisa reopened in April 2010 to critical acclaim. Awarded one star in
the latest New York Michelin Guide, Annisa continues to dazzle foodies
and their tolerant friends alike with playfully sophisticated
dishes—seared foie gras with soup dumplings, pan roasted chicken with
white truffle and pig feet, and miso marinated sable top Chef Lo’s
greatest hits list. I asked Lo five (ish) quick questions and got five
(ish) quick answers. Continue reading
Josh B., University of Virginia
Everyone loves a bit of gambling. Naturally, some gamble for the
rush, while others only partake when the results are trivial. However,
it seems paradoxical that so many people gamble given that “the house
always wins.” Well, at Take it Away Sandwich Shop on the UVA Corner,
people return because “the house always wins,”…and it’s no gamble.
Jack C., Duke University
Living on a
college campus for months at a time, one quickly grows tired of the
monotony of the same old dining choices. So understandably, when The
Tower, Duke’s newest eatery, opened at the beginning of the school
year, it was met with great excitement. For the first few weeks of its
existence, The Tower was always packed during dinner. Now that the
novelty has died down and The Tower has become just another of those
same boring choices, I decided to compare how it stacks up to the other
on-campus choices at Duke. Continue reading
Caleb P., New England Conservatory
As authentic Asian foods go in Boston, most purists would probably
skip over the long list of greasy takeout joints and stir-fry deliveries
catering to students looking for a quick fix. Even among the many
sit-down Asian restaurants surrounding the campuses of BU and MIT, a
plethora of options end up making the decision of where to eat harder,
not easier. For an impressive performance in serving Vietnamese food,
however, Le’s Vietnamese Cuisine in Allston serves an a satisfying and stomach-warming bowl of pho noodles for more than reasonable prices. Continue reading