Throughout December we indulge like royalty at office parties, family feasts, and gift-getting extravaganzas, but it seems that all January has to offer are stacks of credit card bills and nagging reminders of the suddenly burdensome New Years resolutions we pledged to uphold. You may have a long way to go before paying off that midnight toast of Dom Perignon, but you can banish any thoughts of staying home until April to pinch your pennies. A number of fun, classy spots around town are offering inexpensive eats and drinks a great way to combat the mid-winter blahs, and to do it affordably.
Mortons Steakhouse (699 Boylston St., Boston. 617-266-5858), for instance, is offering bits of delectable free food on weekdays between 5 and 7 p.m. Thats when spiffy tuxedoed waiters patrol the bar area offering complimentary filet mignon sandwiches thinly sliced medium-rare beef slathered with mustard-mayo and nestled in buttery rolls.
For just a little more than free, Masa (439 Tremont St., Boston. 617-338-8884) offers an extensive menu of tapas items for $1 apiece. Order just a few or sample them all on the $10 combo platter in the bar area from 5 p.m. until closing (11 p.m. Sun-Wed, midnight Thurs-Sat). Nibbles like ahi tuna ceviche with avocado and pulled BBQ lamb with Mexican sopes are mini in size but giant on Latin flavor.
Speaking of Latin, Thursday nights at the French-Latin joint, Bomboa (35 Stanhope St., Boston. 617-236-6363), feature a full roster of cocktail specials that wont leave you with a dried-out wallet. The menu changes almost every month, but through January youll find a list encompassing a vibrant rainbow of tropical fruit-flavored beverages, including mojitos and caipirinhas.
The folks at Sel de la Terre (255 State St., Boston. 617-720-1300) are also keen on keeping your wallet happy. From Wednesday through Saturday between 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., when you stop in for a drink you dont just get a bill youre rewarded with a $5 voucher that you can use next time on the rustic French morsels on the restaurants late-night dining menu.
Night owls neednt have all the fun, though. Lunch, after all, is the new dinner. For a mere $12 you can indulge in an Express Power Lunch at Bambara (25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge. 617-868-4444). You can enjoy three gourmet courses soup or salad, a generous entree, and homemade cookies in just 30 minutes, even though they taste like someone has slaved over them for hours.