Two in-the-know Bostonians partner with hipster hotels to show guests the good life.
Barbara Lynch’s demo kitchen that also offers classes and private dinners.
You know you’re a custodian of culture when you’re recruited by a first-class Boston hotel as a spot-on influencer. Two city celebs, Ricardo Rodriguez and Kristen Kish, are partnering with the Nine Zero (90 Tremont St., 617-772-5800) and W Boston (100 Stuart St.,617-261-8700) hotels, respectively, to act as cultural connoisseurs curating experience packages for hotel guests.
Of course, these tastemakers have been celebrated for years—Kish, quite literally, as a chef and Top Chef winner, and Rodriguez as a stylish man-about-town real estate broker and the former creative director of Daniela Corte—and both are in the know when it comes to the awesome institutions propelling Boston’s cultural zeitgeist. From food and wine to fashion and beauty, these are the destinations around town that make each expert’s must-visit list.
Ricardo Rodriguez, Style & experience curator, Nine Zero Hotel
Ricardo Rodriguez suggests a trip to Boston Chops for classic steakhouse fare.
Bodega “One of the best men’s stores in the country. In addition to their own line, they collaborate with top sneaker brands for custom kicks you can only find in Boston.” Six Clearway St.; shop.bdgastore.com
Bully Boys distillers, whose white and aged rums are featured at the Nine Zero hotel’s Highball Lounge.
Bully Boys Distillers “A local distillery owned and operated by brothers Will and Dave Willis, Bully Boys produces top-notch spirits from organic ingredients. Ask for the “Ricardo,” a variation of the Hemingway Daiquiri!” 35 Cedric St., Roxbury, 617-442-6000
Olives & Grace “If you are looking for a gift, there’s not a more charming and well-edited store in town. Everything is beautiful and from emerging artists, gift producers, and small batch food makers from across the country.” 623 Tremont St., 617-236-4536
Sal Malafronte “Sal is a veteran hair stylist and creative genius. He works with most of our local celebrities, photographers, magazines, and TV personalities—and is one of the funniest guys around!”Salon Mario Russo, Nine Newbury St., 617-424-6676
Select Oyster Bar “One of my favorite places in town for an amazing seafood experience. Their creative wine program features seafood-centric wines which pair perfectly with their oysters!” 50 Gloucester St., 857-239-8064
Kristen Kish, Celebrity Food & travel insider, W boston Hotel
The Butcher Shop “I love sitting with the front door open with a glass of red or an IPA and some charcuterie.” 552 Tremont St., 617-423-4800
Dumpling Café “Szechuan flounder, long pepper beef, pork soup dumplings, and spicy cucumbers—it’s my order every single time.” 695 Washington St., 617-338-8859
Sarma “You truly can’t go wrong with any of the complex, flavor-filled dishes. The fried chicken and the frozen yogurt are always a must.” 249 Pearl St., Somerville, 617-764-4464
Sault New England “This boutique is geared toward men, but I love menswear. They have these great, smaller New England brands: clothing, nice watches, and accessories.” 577 Tremont St., 857-239-9434
Stir “This is Barbara Lynch’s demo kitchen and cookbook shop. Pop by in the afternoon as chefs are working and pick up a few books.” 102 Waltham St., 617-423-7847