Seriously, summer in Boston is the absolute best. The weather is finally looking up, the Charles River is gorgeous in any light, and al fresco dining out for brunch is what I hold on to for hope through the long, endless winters (check out Cafeteria or Stephanie's on Newbury Street for some yummy eats to break up your shopping binges on Newbury).
But if there's one restaurant that I would to every single day for the rest of my life, it would probably be Top of the Hub, the restaurant that occupies to top (52nd!) floor of the Prudential Center tower, or The Pru as we Bostonians like to call it.
TOP OF THE HUB
> for the best views of Boston, hands down <
Come on, it's pretty self-explanatory. A top-rated restaurant with 360 degree views of Boston? It's like having a luxurious meal at the top of the Empire State Building, without having to climb all those stairs and fight off other desperate tourists that are fighting to get their NYC moment.
Pro-tip: Avoid the long waits (they only take reservations the day of) by coming in during off hours (before dinner, pre-5:30pm or after dinner, post-9pm) to get a bite, grab a drink, and soak in the views without having to loiter in the waiting room.
The food is always amazing, with lower-priced appetizers that are big enough to share between two people, but the views were made that much more beautiful by the accompanying live Jazz band that was playing in the restaurant.
Whether you come for the food, the music, the views, or just to celebrate any and every event in your life, Top of the Hub is a definite must-do during a summer in Boston (I'd even categorize this as a necessary student splurge).