Neptune Oyster - Where Chefs Eat in Boston when they're more than happy just to perch on a stool at the marble bar
Does this place in the north end of the city serve the best chowder in Boston? One chef in our guide thinks so…
"If you want to perch at Neptune’s marble counter you’re going to have to get in line," according to the new edition of our global restaurant guide Where Chefs Eat. It’s strictly no reservations for its sixteen stools and handful of banquettes.
Hidden in the historic North End of Boston, this classic looking, tiny restaurant boasts the "best oysters and chowder in the city,” according to local chef and restaurateur Tony Maws. And our new book concurs.
"The market-priced raw bar offers the best shellfish in season, from finest East and West Coast oysters to razor clams, crab claws, and littleneck and cherrystone clams. The menu occasionally acknowledges the North End neighbourhood’s Italian heritage - a lobster spaghettini or a vitello tonnato (veal with tuna sauce) sandwich - alongside more eclectic influences - mackerel with Puya chiles and chimichurri. Their Maine lobster roll, served either hot with butter or cold with mayo, has a cult following."
Neptune Oyster is just one of 4500 recommendations in our new guide on where to eat around the world from 650 chefs who make it their business to know what to eat where. And while the cover has changed, the idea behind Where Chefs Eat is exactly the same as it was when we published the very first edition back in 2012.
The premise is that the modern chef is a fantastic source of guaranteed good meal recommendations, from humble holes-in-the-wall - to the most luxurious places around - and every dining experience inbetween the two. And this time there are a third more recommendations than ever before.
So whether you desire just a late-night snack from a burger van, a 400-year-old clam in an art-filled restaurant or a fabulously fashionable start to the day, you’ll find it in Where Chefs Eat. 570 destinations. 70 countries. Across six continents. It's no idle boast to say that this edition has the most wide-ranging and eclectic set of listings we’ve ever researched and published.
We’re only focusing on one restaurant per city in our Phaidon.com series but the book contains countless recommendations in each city around the world. We’ve also launched an app for this third edition which features all the places in the book in an on the go format for when you’re out and about. Head into the store and snap up your guide to great eating now. And if you pre-order here you'll get the app free - but for a limited time only.