Tapas restaurants, cafes and healthy-eating establishments grace the streets of Kendall Square, but there's no shortage of sushi bars, pizza joints, steakhouses and ethnic cuisine. Restaurants can be found throughout the neighborhood, but many sit on or near Main Street, such as Area Four and Henrietta's Table.
Area Four, a traditional American-style eatery, takes pride in not being fancy or fussy. It has been named one of Boston's 50 Best Restaurants. Patrons delight over the garlic knots, and pizza is a must if staying for lunch.
Henrietta's Table offers farm-to-table cuisine in a high end atmosphere. The owners opened the doors 20 years ago and since that time, they have fed celebrities, Nobel laureates and New England farmers. The establishment is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Check out Henrietta's Table Yard Sale, which lets diners choose a two or three-course meal at a reduced price. In the warmer months, dine on the spacious outdoor patio.
There's plenty of nightlife in Kendall Square. The Dance Complex puts on performances and workshops all year, or you can catch a comedy show at ImprovBoston. Some restaurants entertain later into the night. Middle East Restaurant doubles as a nightclub, and The Plough and Star lets you dine and catch a show at the same time.
If you enjoy jazz music, Ryles features live jazz performances in a laid back club setting. This Cambridge
favorite also offers a Latin Caribbean night every Thursday. If you want to dance the night away, try Middlesex Lounge, where the decor is minimalist, a live DJ keeps the music pumping and the cover charge costs only $5.
In the summer months, Kendall Square hosts the Summer Concert Series. Enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants and catch some local talent all in the same afternoon. These free concerts take place every Tuesday and Thursday.