With an attractive view over Boston Common, this restaurant combines modern décor with up-to-date cooking. A diver’s scallop was excellent as a starter, while a dish of pork cooked three ways was also of good quality. The various dishes sampled were very consistent, suggesting that Barbara Lynch runs a tight ship here. A chocolate tart for dessert was less good, but still perfectly acceptable. Portions were of a sensible size, and the service was pleasant. Well worth a visit.
I lived in Boston for many years and moved away last summer. I've eaten at 9 Park quite a few times and in my humble opinion it offers the finest food in Boston. When I was there last I have fois gras over a watermelon steak for my starter and squab for my entree; both were excellent, although my dessert of watermelon and yogurt terrine was horribly bland. I've eaten at L'Espalier a number of times and it always disappoints; I've never had a consistent meal there, and I read that you think it to offer Boston's finest dinning. I would strongly suggest your going back to Number 9 Park. Although I 9 Park's wine list is poor–far too many Loire Valley wines, and when I was there last only eight Bordeaux wines on their menu. I usually agree with your reviews but this is one of the few of I strongly disagree with (along with your review of L'Espalier).