Way atop the city skyline lies the best view of Boston (52 floors above the Prudential Center to be exact), where the Top of the Hub continues to make a name for itself churning out flavorful contemporary cuisine. The picturesque setting offers breathtaking 360-degree views from Logan Airport to Cambridge, north to Revere and south to South Boston and beyond.
Whether you come before or after a visit to the Skywalk Observatory, the restaurant is an absolute must for locals and tourists alike. Foodies love the chef’s tasting menu which may feature dishes like grilled tenderloin of beef au poivre that can be paired up with wines. The three-course prix fixe menu is also popular with diners looking for a little structure.
When making a reservation here, be sure to request a window seat (corner tables are the best) for a truly amazing view of the city from the floor-to-ceiling, two-story glass windows. We visited recently for lunch and started off with a sampling of untraditional sliders — their own take, which featured three mini Kobe beef hot dog sliders with mustard and onion piccalilli on deliciously rich, buttery grilled brioche buns. The grilled juicy tenderloin of beef flatbread should not be missed; it is topped with a creamy melted Boursin cheese spread, roasted tomato aioli and roasted sweet peppers and onions.
Executive Chef Mark Porcaro has designed a varied lunch menu that features everything from a turkey club and pulled pork sandwich to smoked chicken cobb salad and grilled hanger steak with garlic herb pomme frites. We sampled the enormously juicy grilled Angus burger topped with Vermont cheddar, sweet port wine glazed onions on a brioche bun served with a side basket of crispy fries.
The declared winner of the table though was the pan seared mahi with butternut squash ravioli, green beans, tomatoes with a lemon butter sauce with capers. Dinner entrées here include a nice selection of pasta (the seasonal butternut squash ravioli with walnut brown butter and sage sounded amazing) as well as a taste of New England with grilled Block Island swordfish and Vermont Misty Knolls chicken.
If you can save room for dessert, we highly recommend the chocolate decadence or apple cobbler, which is perfectly paired up with a port wine or Irish coffee. After your meal, head over to the bar for an after-dinner drink while listening to some live jazz playing each evening. Top of the Hub is located at 800 Boylston Street in Boston. For reservations or more information, visit TopOfTheHub.net or call (617) 536-1775.