Fashion and food go hand in hand at the Emporio Armani CaffÃ¨ located in Boston’s swanky Back Bay. I stopped by this Milanese eatery last March for an early afternoon pick-me-up and was instantly charmed by its elegant sophiscation yet inviting nature. From what I understand, the Armani Cafe is a social hot spot in Boston- a scene frequented by the city’s European and Latin American populations, as well as stylish locals and vistors alike. During the warm months, the outdoor patio provides prime seating for watching the fashionable set strut down the city’s largest runway- Newbury St.
But I stepped into the restaurant to dodge the winterly chill during the slightly awkward hours between lunch and dinner so I essentially had the whole place to myself. I chose a window table and ordered the insalata di gamberi e fagioli (shirmp and white bean salad, $14), which was pleasantly delicious despite being a simple plate. The portions are not huge and the fare is generally light, making this a great place to gather a few gals for lunch – or the cafe ambiance also makes it a comfortable space to dine for one.
As it was early in the afternoon, I went for a big mug of hot tea instead of my usual glass of wine. Armed with an unread magazine, I easily spent a couple of hours here between eating, looking out the window, and catching up on my fashion news. The wait staff was very friendly and quick and I found them to be professional and unpretentious.
Armani does not list individual websites for their cafes, but the Boston menu can be found at Zagat. I’d love to hear about any experiences having dinner at this restaurant. It is located at 214 Newbury St. (impossible to miss next to the Armani store) between Exeter & Fairfield.
Photo Credit: Thank you to generous Roxanna at Miguelina. (Also a fellow Armani Cafe fan!)
Note: This restaurant has closed.