Night Market has all the makings of an off-the-beaten-path Harvard Square hang but it’s not just for the student-types. Yes, its diminutive (just 48 seats), below-grade dining room is hidden in plain sight—right on the corner of JFK and Winthrop Streets, practically on campus—and its approachable price-point is well-suited to a parentally-subsidized budget. Its brightly-colored metal chairs, intimate wooden bar and brick, mural-covered walls (courtesy of graffiti artist Rene Gagnon) combine to give off a hip undergrad-ish feel.
But the Asian street food-inspired menu has a decidedly more worldly vibe. The dishes take a continent-covering approach with roots in the culinary traditions of Malaysia, Korea, Japan and China. Bold, intense flavors, in various combinations of tart, sweet, salty, spicy and funky, are meant to be shared, talked over and talked about.
The beer-and-wine-only offerings include some sake-based cocktails as well as slushies, so you can relive your college days with much more style and deliciousness. And without all the homework.
75 Winthrop Street
Cambridge, MA 02138