Harvard Square will always be best known for the university from which it draws its name, but the area of Cambridge has also become a hotbed for fantastic dining. Here are four spots to eat near Harvard Square.
Alden & Harlow
The flagship restaurant of chef Michael Scelfo (who also counts Cambridge eateries like Waypoint and Naco Taco in his culinary empire), Alden & Harlow sits at the edge of Harvard Square. Scelfo and his team serve up innovative dish after dish, like the smoked duck breast and sweet corn garganelli and even the limited-quantity secret burger. His dishes are served alongside a carefully curated wine and cocktail menu (try the orange vino by the bottle. Why not?!) New this fall, The Longfellow Bar at Alden & Harlow opens on the two floors upstairs in the former Cafe Algiers space. The bar will be serving not-so-light bites including the aforementioned famous burger and lamb seekh kebab all washed down with bar manager Dan Pontius’ cocktails like the Highway Patrolman with gin and passion fruit. 40 Brattle St., aldenharlow.com
Russell House Tavern
This Harvard Square go-to is a reliable option for brunch, lunch and dinner with dishes like pappardelle bolognese, steak tips and chilled lobster tail from Executive Chef Sebastian Navarette. Sip on wines on tap, craft beer and cocktails made with homemade syrups and fresh juice. Snag a coveted seat under the twinkly lines on the patio while the weather holds. 14 JFK St., russellhousecambridge.com
The Hourly Oyster House
Get fresh seafood without leaving Harvard Square thanks to this boite’s extensive menu stocked with classic dishes like clam chowder, baked oysters, fried calamari and a lobster roll, of course. The Hourly Oyster House also offers a lunch special Monday-Friday and the restaurant’s eponymous burger is half priced after 10PM. 15 Dunster St., thehourlycambridge.com
Satisfy your craving for Asian food with the small plates at Night Market. Dig into chef Jason Tom’s Joe Fried Rice, curry carnitas tacos and dan dan noodles. If you’re really hungry, opt for the six-course Take a Hike or the six- to eight- course Go On a Trek omakase menu. 75 Winthrop St., nightmkt.com