We don’t know who invented Japanese-Peruvian cuisine (our guess would be Japanese-Peruvians, but we’re not culinary anthropologists), but we’re glad we finally got some of it in Boston. Ruka is a place where you can get sushi made with plantains and short rib in addition to hamachi, and you can get it while enjoying egg white cocktails in a buzzy Downtown Crossing restaurant with a lot of people there for Happy Hour or a pre-theater meal. The dining room’s faux stone carvings and snake sculptures may give you flashbacks to Legends Of The Hidden Temple but you probably always wanted to be on that show anyway, so it works.
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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.
Ittoku is a Porter Square izakaya inside a windowless mall, and it’s better and way more fun than you expect a restaurant in a windowless mall to be.
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Mariel is a Cuban restaurant downtown. Don’t let all the selfies distract you from the fact that it’s actually really good.
Chacarero is a lunch spot downtown that pretty much only serves one really big, really good Chilean sandwich.
Boston Chops is Downtown steakhouse that looks and feels very much the way you expect a downtown steakhouse to.
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