Restaurants, Japanese Fenway/Kenmore
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Photograph: Kristin Tieg

Every hipster hotel deserves a hipster izakaya, especially one helmed by the city’s best restaurateurs. Tim and Nancy Cushman, of the much-lauded O Ya, have brought a cheekier, more accessible concept to the modish Verb Hotel in the Fenway. Creative maki rolls share menu space with ramen, robata (grilled skewers) and impossible-to-categorize dishes like the bacon-wrapped, jalapeno-stuffed Doggzilla hot dog. The drink menu, saucy in all meanings of the term, includes frozen tiki classics, 20 different sakes and large-format drinks that come “from the tank” (think lethal Caribbean punch in a scorpion bowl).

By: Meaghan Agnew


Venue name: Hojoko
Address: The Verb Hotel
1271 Boylston St
Cross street: between Yawkey Way and Ipswich St
Opening hours: Daily 5-2am
Transport: Green Line to Kenmore
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