When Moody Street, Waltham's restaurant row, powers down, Tempo is still beating. The catchall bistro with endless blackboard specials feels like a North End transplant, except there's room to move. Waltz in at 11:05 p.m. and get the best seat in the house at the open window, along with lightning-quick service. Fish is the star at Tempo. Ipswich fried clams and Asian-style tuna and salmon tartare are the perfect warm-up for the house signature, lobster paella. Manhattan chef Jon Wilson brings Big Apple bite to Watch City.
> Kitchen closes at 11:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:15 the rest of the week
> Tempo, 474 Moody Street, Waltham, 781-891-9000, tempobistro.com