Take Five: Restaurants in Harvard Square

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Take Five: Restaurants in Harvard Square

Harvard Square is best known for its lauded university, but along with students and professors, this Cambridge commercial and entertainment hub is for residents and tourists, too. One draw is its plentiful eateries: They have everything from the dive-y Charlie’s Kitchen on Eliot Street and funky Grendel’s Den in the old Harvard Club on Winthrop, to the venerable Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage and the Chinese restaurant Hong Kong, two institutions on Massachusetts Avenue across from Harvard Yard. The most legendary Harvard Square eating haunt was Upstairs at the Pudding, originally opened in the late 1980s in the same building as Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club. It closed in 2001, only to reopen soon after as the unique Upstairs on the Square. Sadly, along with chef Jody Adams’ Italian restaurant Rialto in the Charles Hotel, it’s now closed. Still, here are five great spots to grab a bite, have drinks, or linger longer on Boston’s so-called Left Bank.

Lead photo courtesy of Linda Clarke

Linda Clarke is a freelance travel writer whose work has been published in the Boston Globe, New York Daily News, and several other print and online publications.