Avenue de Lafayette
$30 at gate
This destination event will showcase the diverse food, culture and entertainment in Downtown Crossing. Please join us on Avenue de Lafayette as it is transformed into a lovely street side cafe. The afternoon will feature food from more than 20 local restaurants offering their distinctive cuisines. There will also be wine and beer, musicians, culinary demonstrations, portrait artists and games for children.
The 2nd Annual Taste of Downtown Crossing is a celebration of the neighborhood that has quickly become one of the hottest and trendiest spots in Boston. Tickets to the festival are only $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Once inside the gated event attendees will be able to sample offerings from all of the restaurants. Gordon’s Fine Wines and Liquors will be selling craft brews and wines that will complement the varied cuisines. Wine and beer is not included in the entrance fee.
Combining the charm and sophistication of a European bistro with the polish of a modern American restaurant, Artisan Bistro offers an all-day dining destination in downtown Boston. Led by executive Chef Robert Bruce, the culinary team focuses on familiar dishes that incorporate fresh produce, native herbs and locally sourced meats, seafood and cheeses.
Avenue one offers explosive flavors from a progressive menu full of fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Executive Chef Kelly Armetta delivers delectable breakfast, lunch and dinner options which includes a gluten-free menu and a “For Kids by Kids” menu.
Back Deck offers professional backyard grilling in a laid-back city setting. Friends and family meet for charcoal-grilled favorites inspired by the food served at casual cookouts along with porch-perfect cocktails, beer and wine.
Boston Chops is a casual, yet refined twist on the classic American steakhouse. Impeccable service and top-quality nose-to-tail dining combined in a modern, urban atmosphere.
When The Chicken & Rice Guys opened its first food truck back in 2012, they had one goal: introduce you nomivores to the ridiculously delicious world of chicken and rice. With high quality ingredients, alluring aromas, and the seduction of self-saucing, The Chicken & Rice Guys knew their halal grub would be a hit. Since opening they’ve launched a fleet of trucks, multiple restaurants and a thriving catering business.
Cultivar [kuhl-tuh-vahr, -ver], a horticultural term that refers to combining cuttings from the best plants to create a new plant with the finest characteristics. Cultivar offers sustainable, hyper-seasonal cuisine inspired by our diverse landscape.
Explorateur is the Big Night Entertainment Group’s interpretation of a community-focused, all-day-dining, European café, bar and restaurant. It is French in name and Californian and French in its passionate approach to dining. Explorateur presents "Things we call French" dishes at the core of the menu and complement them with Californian inspired new world dishes that you will love.
Fajitas & 'Ritas is an award winning, good-vibe, “unabashedly fun” restaurant and bar featuring fresh Texas and barbecue cuisine. Its namesake specialties include a variety of sizzling fajitas and frosty margaritas at Cheap Eats prices.
For over 75 years and four generations, Gordon's has been the leading purveyor of fine wines, spirits and now, craft beer, in New England. Gordon’s prides themselves on offering outstanding products whose quality vastly out shadows their price.
Legal Crossing is an urban neighborhood restaurant inspired by the vibrancy of Downtown Crossing, then and now. It's a cross between all the Legal Sea Foods concepts, evolved into a new, singular experience. The menu showcases the freshness and purity of our seafood. Tried-and-true favorites from all the Legal Sea Foods concepts evolved by preparation and/or presentation - along with exclusive offerings, comprise the menu mix.
The Marliave, Boston's fourth oldest restaurant, has a tireless commitment to house prepared French and Italian cuisine. The Marliave utilizes local fresh vegetables, fruits, natural raised animals, and the finest imported ingredients to create our food and drink menus. They have also recently added an espresso bar.
The Merchant is an American Brasserie. A Brasserie is typically defined as a large, informal restaurant that serves food and alcohol throughout the day and late into the evening. At The Merchant the bar is a major focal point; providing a convivial atmosphere and top-notch product. The menu, created by Executive Chef Matt Foley, is designed to offer a quick bite, or a full coursed meal at lunch or at dinner.
PABU presents a modern take on traditional Izakaya-style dining. An à La Carte Menu is available in the Izakaya and dining room, highlighting seasonal small plates, traditionally grilled items from the robata and composed entrées. Favorites include Chef Ken’s award-winning sushi and sashimi, fresh house-made tofu, okonomiyaki and tempura.
Papagayo is a Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar making margaritas from scratch with fresh fruit, agave nectar, 100% blue agave tequila, and orange liquor you will find them to be the best around. The food is prepared with the finest local vegetables, fresh made tortillas and the freshest proteins found.
Roche Bros. offers the highest quality perishables, your favorite food brands, full service catering, and Home Delivery. Second generation owners Rick and Ed Roche carry on the family tradition, operating Roche Bros. with pride, and bringing home delicious, quality food to their family table.
While Ruth’s Chris USDA Prime steaks and their signature sizzle may have put them on the map, you’ll also find fresh seafood, scratch-made side dishes and desserts, craft cocktails and choice wines, served with the sort of hospitality that would make the restaurant’s namesake proud.
From the scratch pho broth to the owner’s mother’s homemade egg rolls, everything is made fresh, in-house from real ingredients. This is not your typical Chinatown fare. Using quality, fresh ingredients makes Vietnamese food naturally healthy and delicious. They continue that tradition by using local purveyors from across New England, such as Chau’s Vietnamese Bakery in Dorchester, MA.
Salvatore’s Restaurants was created by Sal Lupoli, known for his Sal’s Pizza empire, and is the result of Sal’s and his undying passion for high quality, authentic cuisine at an unbeatable value. Unlike the pizza stores, Salvatore’s is a full-service restaurant complete with private dining rooms, full bar and a warm ambience reminiscent of the Lupoli family’s Italian roots.
Serafina was founded on the principle that food should be made by hand, with care, every time. Corporate Chef Brendan Burke has developed a menu intended to inspire. While based on the popular common offerings of Serafina restaurants in New York, his items are focused on light and fresh Italian with emphasis on presentation.
Shed’s BBQ could not be more excited to be going back to their roots and bringing Texas Style BBQ to Boston. Meats are rubbed with some of the most delicious seasonings and cooked low and slow to tease every ounce of flavor out. Side dishes scream southern comfort and will bring you every comfort of back home. And for those of you who like to keep it a little lighter, there are mixed traditional BBQ with some healthy veggies and grains to lighten the load.
Drink…Wine will be presented in 4 ways, a sip so you may try different varietals, a half glass or a full glass, or by the bottle. Commit to two glasses and Sip will open any bottle for you. Taste...Surround yourself with a taste of several different Tapas plates from sushi to grilled oysters to steak skewers. Discover...a world where you can gather with friends before a show, after work or for brunch. Be able to try different flavors and sip different wines from around the world.
Taste. Learn. Explore. That’s what Taste Wine Bar & Café is about. It’s not your average wine bar – it’s an urban Tasting Room with education, a place for people who enjoy wine, beer and cheese to hangout. Taste believes the more you taste and learn, the more your taste and enjoyment grows.
Food samples will be available throughout the entirety of the event. There will also be 30-minute chef demonstrations and musical performances throughout the event.
The Taste of Downtown will be on Avenue de Lafayette at Washington Street. The closest MBTA stops are Chinatown or Downtown Crossing on the Orange Line or Downtown Crossing on the Red Line. If you’re driving you can pay to park in the Pilgrim Parking Facility under the Hyatt Regency Boston, the Post Office Square Garage or other nearby garages.