Downtown Crossing: Boston in the Spotlight

The historic area just east of Boston Common is on the radar once again.

Ben Gebo Photography
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Where to Eat Now

When Yvonne’s opened last year (2 Winter Pl.; 617-267-0047; yvonnesboston.com), it established a new high-water mark for dining in Downtown Crossing (or DTX, as the locals now call it). The interiors are rich—gold-marble flooring, chandeliers, heather-gray tufted booths—and the menu focuses on small plates with Middle Eastern, Asian, and Latin twists (like tuna crudo with jalapeño vinaigrette and seared Halloumi cheese with charred eggplant). For something more casual, the Merchant Kitchen and Drinks has an extensive beer list (organized by flavor profile), locavore cuisine, and inventive cocktails (60 Franklin St.; 617-482-6060; themerchantboston.com). Try the poached sea trout with pea greens and the Saber Tooth, a savory-spicy gin cocktail. JM Curley (21 Temple Pl.; 617-338-5333; jmcurleyboston.com), named after one of Boston’s longest-serving and most criminal mayors, James Michael Curley, has one of the best hamburgers in the city. What’s new is the 20-seat speakeasy/steak joint in the rear of the eatery, Bogie’s Place.