Meaghan Sinclair and Harmony Dawn of Booze Époque know their cocktails. The locally based duo create custom cocktails and share their deep-rooted bartending knowledge for industry and private events and bars across New England. Needless to say, Sinclair and Dawn, both 36, were quick to whip up an impressive list of spots to nosh and knock back a cocktail or two. They share their favorites here.
Go-to date spot?
Dawn: Yong Yong in Malden — a killer sushi and hotpot spot — has hosted my beau and I many times. 108 Ferry St., Malden, yongyongmalden.com
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Sinclair: Cafe Sushi, traditional and creative sushi, beautiful, delicate preparation. 1105 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, cafesushicambridge.com
Most Instagrammable dish in town?
Dawn: The molten avocado or shaksuka with any of the picture perfect cocktails at Opus in Salem. This bar has a superfun vibe, yellow light-up bar, and everything on their cocktail/food menu is both on-trend and stunning. They also have tiny place-setting cards for their cocktails! Super cute! 87 Washington St., Salem, salemopus.com
Sinclair: Smoked & salted peel & eat shrimp with an absinthe cocktail from Waypoint. 1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, waypointharvard.com
Best meal under $5?
Dawn: Gotta hand it to my neighborhood pub, Hugh O’Neill’s, for their $5 offerings during happy hour. Corn and leek fritters with creamy chili lime sauce. 45 Pleasant St., Malden, hughoneills.com
Sinclair: I’m counting this as a meal because it definitely has been, Toscanini’s Ice Cream. 899 Main St., Cambridge, tosci.com
Best hidden foodie gem?
Dawn: Rossetti’s in Lynn! This place has superstar Joel Atlas behind the bar serving barrel-aged cocktails, tiki magic and off-the-cuff offerings paired with some of the best Italian food I’ve tasted ever. 47 Sutton St. Lynn, rossettirestaurant.com
Sinclair: Gotta give it up for Mary Chung in Central Square. 464 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, marychung.com
Best place to catch up with friends?
Dawn: This is a toss up between Brass Union — with their game room and awesome weekly events, and Casa B — with its intimate setting and made-for-sharing tiny plates. 70 Union Square, Somerville, brassunion.com; 253 Washington St., Somerville, casabrestaurant.com
Sinclair: Mamaleh’s, milkshakes forever. One Kendall Square, 15 Hampshire St., Cambridge, mamalehs.com
Best late night meal?
Dawn: The Independent has been a safe haven for grass-fed burgers and oysters many times. Not sure what I’d do without them! 75 Union Square, Somerville, theindo.com
Sinclair: Eastern Standard, they even held it down during the big snowstorms a couple of years ago. Life savers. 528 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, easternstandardboston.com