One of these new Boston area restaurants that’s gained (and deservedly so) a lot of attention in the past couple of weeks is Phillip Tang’s new place, East by Northeast, located in the Cambridge culinary epicenter, Inman Square. No, you won’t find a stop for Inman riding the Red Line, but you might have heard of it thanks to the popularity of Chris Schlesinger’s East Coast Grill, Christina’s Spice & Ice Cream Shop, Tupelo, All-Star Sandwich Bar, or Ole! It’s not a large area, but it’s definitely worth the visit.
East by Northeast is the newest arrival to the square and it touts a tiny menu of unbelievable Pan-Asian cuisine that incorporates the freshest ingredients possible. To describe this restaurant as a beer and dumpling place would be to shortchange it significantly. Chow, Thrillist, and UrbanDaddy have all done a review of this restaurant in the past couple of weeks — throw Eat With Me on the list.If you’re not familiar with Chef Tang, his background at T.W. Food and Hungry Mother, two other locally-committed, exceptional eating establishments, is clearly evident by the ingredients featured on his new menu, although the dishes themselves are completely different.
Everything on the menu is $10 or less and there are few enough options that if you dine with a group (I was there with two hungry friends), ordering everything is not completely out of the question. I was wondering how a restaurant made any money with plates this cheap, but everything was so good that we kept asking our waitress for more.For a restaurant that has been open just over a week, this place is already unbelievably kink-free. The service was outstanding and the food delicious. Go for a beer, specialty cocktail, dumplings, noodles — try it all.
It’s not a huge place. Go before 7 to ensure that you get a table!