1688 Mass Ave, Cambridge, (617) 547-5055.
Outrageously popular yupscale bar. Amid oak, leather, and vintage posters, Harvard Law kids and their profs mingle with hip young Cantabrigians and middle-aged bookish types who still populate the neighborhood. The menu has improved significantly with a new chef, and who has turned its focus more to quality rather than quantity. There are inventive dishes to be had, and standouts in the pasta arena.
Price range for entrées: $13 - $20.