Food & Drink

Neighborhoods: South End

2014 Winner: Merrill & Co.

The newest hot spot from the jm Curley team boasts diner-esque trappings and the vibe of a raucous neighborhood tavern. Its kitchen focuses on refined bar snacks, interesting vegetables dishes, New England seafood and raw-bar offerings; the friendly staff serves it up with studied casualness. With its  strong cocktail program, geek-worthy beers, approachable wines and sherries, bevy of shareable plates, great patio and scads of bar and communal seating, Merrill represents a distillation of this moment in dining.

Merrill & Co.

1 Appleton St., Boston • (617) 728-0728

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