Serious Eats: Boston's Best Chinese

For Non-Traditional: Myers and Chang

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There's classic Chinese cuisine at the root of Myers and Chang, but chef Karen Akunowicz's menu at this hipster-y South End spot is anything but ordinary. There's tea-smoked ribs with smoked, marinated, and peppercorn-crusted meat so tender, it tugs easily off the bone; crispy Brussels sprouts; and an exceptional version of nasi goreng that's smoky and savory, thanks to homemade terasi (shrimp paste) and a good dose of wok hei.

A few other reasons this is place is a standout among local Chinese restaurants: First, this is no dive; the indie dining room is funky, polished, and features a big open kitchen with a bar for wok-watching. Those traits make it a great for-two spot, as does the Cheap Date Night deals on Monday and Tuesday nights, where a couple can choose from one of five for-two themed menus (The Pig Out, The Healthy Date) that cost $45. And the most obvious perk: This is Flour Bakery chef/owner Joanne Chang's place, so there are killer desserts like lemon-ginger mousse and coconut cream pie.