I’ve been to Eastern Standard many many times over the past several years and may even border on calling myself a regular. There are numerous good restaurants/ bars in Boston, but ESK is truly one of the very best for several reasons. The food is always superb. I frequently choose to indulge in the baked rigatoni, simply because it’s out of this world. Other great menu options include the burger- it’s fantastic, the charcuterie plate- it’s inventive, the mussels- they’re delicious, and the mac & cheese- certainly worth ordering to share with the rest of your party. One of the best aspects of ESK is its flexibility. I’ve taken my parents there when they come to town to visit; I’ve indulged in the late-night menu (worth trying if you’re in that area after midnight); I’ve hosted a dinner party for 15 in the private dining room; and I’ve sat at the bar on a fun and lively weeknight/weekend night. The servers are knowledgeable, the drink list is creative and the dining and bar scene are always vibrant. It’s close to Fenway so a good stop before or after a baseball game, but really a must try if live in or visit Boston.