Top of The Hub – Back Bay, Boston, MA

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I don’t consider myself a particularly fancy person, but sometimes it’s necessary to throw caution (and budget) to the wind and celebrate life’s little victories. Recently, Nate and I did just that in the heart of downtown Boston.

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We decided to channel our inner Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle and indulge in our very own version of Treat Yo’Self (for those of you who don’t watch Parks and Rec, you should really get on that). And we were not sorry at all. Dinner at the Top of the Hub was everything we hoped it would be and more.

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First, let’s set the scene: 360-degree views of the Boston skyline from 52 stories up (it was pouring that night and it was still one of the most spectacular views of the city I’ve ever seen); an exquisitely set table right by the window; and live jazz music (think Fred Astaire meets La La Land).  The restaurant advertises itself as Boston’s most romantic dining experience — completely true.

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We started with cocktails. I got the Oak Punch — oak-infused vodka with strawberry puree, orange juice, pineapple juice, and brown sugar. It was sweet, satisfying, and tasted like the summer. I had no idea that oak-infused vodka was a thing, but I could actually sense a slightly woody aftertaste with each sip, and it counteracted the sweetness of the fruit juices in a really satisfying way. Nate followed my lead and got and equally tropical drink. He opted for the Banana Boat – Bacardi oakheart rum, banana liqueur, cream, brown sugar, and pineapple juice.  It was deliciously creamy and refreshing…basically the beverage equivalent of a trip to the Caribbean (minus the cost of airfare).

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Sipping fancy cocktails while Frank Sinatra played in the background would have been enough for me, but we decided to go big or go home and I’m glad we did. The meal was probably one of the best I’ve ever had in Boston or in any other city. In an effort to not totally break the bank but still get a good taste of what the Top of the Hub had to offer, we decided to go halfsies on an appetizer and a meal (we were celebrating, but we’re not anarchists, you know?) We started with a plate of the Short Rib Gnocchi. The short rib was mouthwateringly tender, the gnocchi were fresh and homemade, and the portion was just the right amount to whet our appetites for the main event.

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We’re both meat eaters, so for dinner we went with the 14-ounce Center Cut NY Strip Steak. It was more than enough for two people.  Tender, juicy, cooked to perfection — it was a steak for people who really, really love steak. It came with a slightly salty, rich marrow butter on top which helped to enhance the flavor of the steak’s natural juices. I’m not usually a person who puts butter or sauce on steak, but the marrow butter truly made the meal. It also came with Truffle Au Gratin Potatoes (cheese and potatoes in a casserole…need I say more?) and grilled asparagus (because Oprah says there should always be something green on your plate).

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For dessert, Nate surprised me with a custom cake made by the restaurant’s pastry chef. Chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and my name written on it. Truly the cherry on top of a perfect night. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply want to have an amazing dining experience that’s totally worth every penny, there’s no better place in Boston.