People go to the Armani cafe mainly for the scene. What better place than Boston's Newbury Street, which is often equated with a fashion runway, to play host to this fashion-oriented cafe. The people-watching in this area is very entertaining. Expect to see the hipper-than-thou art students strutting down the street mixed with the richer-than-thou debutantes. The snooty attitude of the area is a little over-the-top, but the cafe's patio sits squarely on the street level so you can take it all in at your leisure.
Though the Armani Cafe's main focus is scene-watching and sidewalk-critiquing of passersby, the cafe actually serves pretty decent food as well. Last time I went, I had a saffron risotto that was very flavorful. They also make very good desserts and drinks. Order a martini or champagne if you want to fit into this pseudo-model world.
Inside is more laid-back but still has a European-chic lounge feel. The bar and seating area are well appointed and comfortable. This might be the place to grab a bite if you don't feel like waiting for a table in the popular outdoor section. A word of warning--if the place is busy, the service tends to be lagging. Your best bet is to kill some time in the busy hours with the shopping in the area, then grab a table in the off-peak times when they are more on top of their game.
October 28, 2005
From journal Boston: Adventures on Newbury Street