Why It's Hot: Part American tavern, part game lounge for competitive cocktailing, Brass Union is housed in a historic building that was once Somerville police headquarters (pictured at top). Now visitors get arrested by American eats from Chez Henri alum Jonathan Kopacz, plus a host of diverting games, from tabletop Pac-Man to shuffleboard, oversized Jenga to cornhole on the patio.
Must-Order: Lobster pappardelle is a winner: a bowl filled with chunks of grilled lobster in beurre blanc with roasted tomato and English peas. But cute factor alone requires us to mention the Pac-Man Lemon Cake seen here, a Pac-Man shaped wedge gobbling fresh berries.
Insider Tip: Served with an Argentinean twist, Brass Union's choripán recently made our list of the 8 Best Hot Dogs in Boston.
70 Union Sq., Somerville; 617-623-9211