Crudo is the North End’s answer to the question “is there anything besides pasta in this neighborhood?” A modern Japanese restaurant serving up creative takes on sushi classics featuring local ingredients, Crudo delivers elegant, Instagram-worthy Asian cuisine in a comfy and casual spot on Salem Street in the heart of Boston’s Little Italy.
Crudo isn’t exactly hung up on tradition, with a menu that ranges between sushi-bar classics (rice, rolls, tempura) and Asian fusion newness (Japanese tacos, anyone?). And don’t let the name fool you: while there are plenty of raw options, the whimsical menu offers a number of warm items, from noodle bowls to hot entrees for sharing (or not). The lunch menu makes things quick and portable, with combo plates, bento boxes, and rice bowls for your midweek munchie needs, and weekend brunch slows things down with an American/Asian mashup of brunch classics, “bennies”, and a Bloody Mary bar.
Speaking of Bloodies, Crudo has not one but two bars to choose from. Upstairs or down, plunk down on a stool and throw back a few, whether you’re in the mood for a Japanese-inspired craft cocktail, a small and funky selection of whites and reds, or a curated list of sake, junmai, and ginjo. The ‘social drinking’ section is meant to accommodate you and the crew with large-format cocktails, and finish things off with a sake bomb if you’re feeling rowdy.
Crudo brings a casual izakaya vibe to the North End, with two floors of low ceilings, dark woods, and warm lighting. Pile into the long booths with friends, or sit for a romantic dinner against windows overlooking Salem Street.
The restaurant offers a private dining menu and family-style dinners, as well as delivery through GrubHub online.
78 Salem Street
Boston, MA 02113