Every hipster hotel deserves a hipster izakaya, especially one helmed by one of 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. Chef Rob Wong’s 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). There's a slick vinyl lounge as well.
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