Looking to escape the throngs of runners and revelers in the Back Bay? Kendall Square is one of the fastest points of entry into Cambridge, just a hop over the Longfellow Bridge off Storrow Drive. And Matthew Gaudet’s restaurant, while less than a year old, is already making a big name for itself. This month, Food & Wine magazine named the Aquitaine alumnus one of America’s best new chefs. After munching on its famous egg in a jar ($12) and duck breast ($27), finish the night with a quick walk over to Meadhall for one of the area’s most impressive draft lists or cross the courtyard to Cambridge Brewing Company for inventive homemade beers.
1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge. 617-945-0221. www.westbridgerestaurant.com