As most Bostonians and Cantabrigians know, Cambridge’s Kendall Square has never been a true hot spot for extraordinary dining. In fact, the area’s biggest claim to fame has always been its Biotech geeks and MIT geniuses. But in recent months, the square has attracted star chefs and restaurateurs, making Kendall Cambridge’s hottest new dining destination. Here are a few restaurants that’ll make that trek across the river well worth it. – By Erica Corsano

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A beer-lover’s feast
Why? Because indulging in 100 different beers on tap while munching on hand-made pork rinds is never a bad thing. After you wet your whistle and open your appetite, munch on more-than upscale pub grub. The cherry wood bar and old library-style lamps will make you feel like a genius. Clearly you are one.

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Farm-to-table eats in an industrial setting
Part restaurant, part bakery, Area 4 is entrepreneur Michael Krupp and chef/restaurateur Michael Leviton’s latest adventure in culinary greatness. Catch lunch or dinner in the space’s restaurant side, which offers up farm-to-table eats, gourmet pizza and grass-fed meats cooked up in a custom-made, wood-fire oven. Or for a quick-fix, energize with a shot of espresso or house-brewed ice tea in Area 4’s adjacent coffee shop.

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Upscale-meets-down-home American fare
This dining spot has been a hidden gem and neighborhood favorite for years, but even the smartest fine food and craft cocktail lovers need special reminders. Within its industrial exterior and cozy interior, Blue Room serves upscale American dishes like braised rabbit and poached lemon sole. True Blue baby, we love you.


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A nationally-acclaimed breakfast spot
The Cambridge outpost of this legendary breakfast spot is just as good as the original in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner but we highly suggest you head over for Sunday “drunch.” Try the Drunkard’s French Toast (doused in Grand Marnier and raspberry sauce) and wash it down with a killer mimosa. Or, if you’re in need of a midnight snack, they’re open 24/7 on weekends.

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A Spanish escape
From the folks behind Newbury Street’s haven for Spanish tapas, Tapeo, Kika brings a taste of Spain to Kendall Square. Slated to open this fall, expect to eat lunch or dinner at the 126-seat eatery, which also has 44 more seats on their seasonal outdoor patio.

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A labor of love
Abigail’s is a full-service neighborhood restaurant, serving ingredient- inspired American cuisine, craft beer and cocktails. Named after the owners’ daughter Abigail, the new spot has been referred to as their “labor of love.” So far, the talent recruits include staff from the B-side Lounge and East Coast Grill, so we have high hopes.


France in Cambridge
Escape to the French countryside with former Aujourd’hui (at the Four Seasons) chef, William Kovel. After a brief stint at the South End’s favorite martini bar, 28 Degrees, Kovel is finally venturing out on his own. He’ll be serving up modern American cuisine with French influences and is slated to open at some point this summer, so keep an eye out.

Erica Corsano is a senior curator for Gilt City Boston. Gilt City Boston is “the premier online destination for unique lifestyle experiences”.