Red White is a fast-casual Japense vegan place on Newbury Street. But it’s not vegan in the sense that they take a burger, make it plant-based, and then insist that you won’t be able to taste the difference. It’s vegan in the sense that it serves rice and udon bowls that just don’t happen to have any animal-products in them. The menu is small and, unlike a lot of spots on Newbury, it doesn’t much in the way of patio seating, but this should be on your radar as a lunch spot if you work in the Back Bay.
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The Salty Pig
The Salty Pig serves pizza and substantial charcuterie and cheese boards across the street from the Back Bay train station.
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Momi Nomi is a Japanese-Hawaiian izakaya with a good sake selection, but not so great food.
Yume Ga Arukara
Yume Ga Arukara is tiny but excellent udon shop in Porter Square that only makes one kind of bowl, served hot or cold.
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Uni is a flashy Japanese izakaya in Back Bay with a $16 spoon, hot rock wagyu beef, and lots of small plates you won’t want to stop ordering.
Select Oyster Bar
Select Oyster Bar is a relaxed Back Bay seafood restaurant and bar with a small but very good menu.
Mei Mei is the brick and mortar of a great foodtruck that serves Chinese-American food for lunch.
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