Tastes of the Town Dining Guide

THE ATRIUM DINING ROOM AT THE INN AT HARVARD, 1201 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, (617) 491-2222. Experience innovative New England cuisine in a beautiful courtyard setting. Validated parking with dinner. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, cocktails, and dinner.

THE ELEPHANT WALK, 900 Beacon Street, Boston, (617) 247-1500; 70 Union Square, Somerville, (617) 623-9939. Cambodian and French cuisine. A Boston Globe critic called the menu "so intriguing that one is tempted to order one dish after another just to explore all those flavors, all those nuances..." Lunch and dinner every day. Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.

CAFE OF INDIA, 52 A Brattle Street, Cambridge, (617) 661-0683. Master Chef Balbir Singh invites you to enjoy traditional Indian cuisine, tandoori specialties, and freshly baked breads (served from a glassed-in tandoori kitchen) in the newly remodeled and expanded dining room with sliding doors that open to the street.

HARVARD FACULTY CLUB, 20 Quincy Street, Cambridge, (617) 495-5758. Enjoy elegant décor and the eclectic cuisine of chef K.C. O'Hara. A la carte and prix-fixe menus. Available for private parties and events. Membership open to the Harvard community, affiliates, and alumni/ae. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

UPSTAIRS AT THE PUDDING, 10 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, (617) 864-1933. The atmosphere, like the menu, is elegant: chandeliers, pink tablecloths, and rich hunter-green walls stretching up to high ceilings--a setting worthy of the venerable Hasty Pudding Club, this restaurant's downstairs neighbor. The food also upholds that club's tradition of excellence without pretense. Lunch and dinner. Weekend brunch, Saturday and Sunday. Award-winning outdoor herb garden for rooftop summer dining.

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