Barbara Lynch

Chef, Restaurateur

Boston

James Beard Award-winner Barbara Lynch is one of the country's leading chefs and restaurateurs. During her twenties, Lynch worked under some of Boston's greatest chefs, including Todd English, first at Michaela's, then at Olives and later Figs. In 1998, she opened her own restaurant, No. 9 Park, in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood. In 2003, she expanded in the city's South End with B&G Oysters, serving exquisitely fresh oysters and New England classics, and The Butcher Shop, a wine bar and full-service butcher shop. Lynch continued to grow her culinary empire with Niche Catour, a catering company, in 2005; Plum Produce in September 2006; and next door, Stir, a demonstration kitchen and cookbook store in 2007. In fall 2008, she took to Boston's Fort Point area to debut Drink, a bar dedicated to the craft of the cocktail, and Sportello (Italian for "counter service"), a modern diner. Her catering company, 9 at Home (formerly Niche Catour), relocated to Fort Point in 2008 as well. Then in spring 2010, Lynch and her team opened the eagerly anticipated Menton, a fine-dining restaurant in Fort Point. Menton has received several accolades, including a 2011 James Beard Foundation nomination for Best New Restaurant.

  • On October 18, 2012
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What are Barbara Lynch's favorite hotels?

    I love the Essex Hotel in Central Park because I love when I call room service, they're like “Welcome back Mrs. Petri. Are you having the berries today? This is Rosa.” Such familiarity. If I know I'm going to be jogging for five days then I'll stay at the Essex right there on Central Park South.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What does Barbara Lynch always travel with?

    My $20 blender from Hamilton Beach. That's the best buy I've ever made, especially if I'm traveling for more than four days and I can't eat breakfast, lunch and dinner — I just can't go out. Physically, I don't want to do that and so I will tend to make my own protein shakes. I bring my own hemp powder, hemp seeds, etc. I do always bring a Laguiole knife. I always pack one of those because I always like to have cheese and wine, or usually a cocktail if I want. I like to have a knife for cutting fruit and so forth. What else do I usually bring? A yoga mat.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What are Barbara Lynch's favorite restaurants?

    There's two in San Francisco — one is Frances, and the other is Saison.
     
    In New York City, I think the best food, service and value right now is Eleven Madison [Park].
     
    In Rome, I would have to say [Trattoria] Perilli for the pasta alla carbonara.
     
    Paris is so funny because I haven't been in so long. I've been on sort of an Italian kick lately. But I probably would always go back to L’Arpège, in the seventh [arrondissement] just because it's a day in the museum and then [I can] eat lunch. Then there's always Chez Michel in the 10th. I always like to go back to Lulus in the 14th, believe it or not, just because it's one of those places I love to see change all the time. It doesn't change, but the characters change a little bit.
  • On October 18, 2012
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What are Barbara Lynch's favorite cities?

    I'd have to say New York. Definitely tons of energy — and Central Park, baby! First, I love to do that whole run up to 112th Street, up to Brooklyn. I love the little radio boats, their little radio-controlled boats. I just think you can spend weeks in Central Park and not see everything. You can go foraging, you can go horseback riding. It's just one of those places that has so much energy. And then there's days you can run in Central Park and it's raining and you're the only one in the park. I do think it's a magical place.

    I love San Francisco. I sort of love to do it in sections, so the last time I was there I spent a lot of time in the Dogpatch area, which is sort of a new, up-and-coming area. The streets are wider than normal San Francisco city streets. It's an old, industrial section of San Francisco — lots of photo studios, architect firms, great bakeries and great independent restaurants popping up. All kinds of new things are happening down there. It's like the new place to be. Also, I love the Golden Gate Bridge and there's so much to do. That's the beauty of San Francisco. You can go hiking and trail running. You can be in Muir Woods in 20 minutes. You can be in Point Raze in about an hour and do a 15-mile run. You can just totally be outside all the time. It's just incredible.

    I dig Paris; I dig Chicago; I dig Philly. I think every city has different characteristics and qualities to it.  [I love Philly] because of almost how blue collar it is, and the architecture of the houses are completely different. I don't know what era they are, but it's just really interesting to walk around the neighborhoods. It sort of reminds me of very old-school Italian America in a way.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What are the five best things to see and do in Boston?

    1. My first stop is usually Sofra, for food. Sofra bakery, right on the border of Boston, Watertown. That is a must on the to-do list.

    2. Second is usually Lekker Home and walking around the South End stores, Hudson and Michelle Willey.

    3. If you're here on the weekend, then I'll take you to the SoWa market, a little free market.

    4. And sometimes, if you're here on a Friday night and it happens to be the first Friday of the month, then I'll take you to the art studios down on South End.

    5. And then I always take them to the I.C.A. [We go to] Louis Boston for shopping. 

    I do occasionally take them on the sort of nighttime Irish liquor tour. The Quencher. You double park the biggest car you have, with flashers on, and you ask them to make a martini and they don't know how and they're like, "Come here, love, you make it. Here, you make it." Then you turn the jukebox on and you smoke cigarettes inside. That's always fun.
  • On October 15, 2012
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What are the five best things to see and do in Boston?

    1. My first stop is usually Sofra, for food. Sofra bakery, right on the border of Boston, Watertown. That is a must on the to-do list.

    2. Second is usually Lekker Home and walking around the South End stores, Hudson and Michelle Willey.

    3. If you're here on the weekend, then I'll take you to the SoWa market, a little free market.

    4. And sometimes, if you're here on a Friday night and it happens to be the first Friday of the month, then I'll take you to the art studios down on South End.

    5. And then I always take them to the I.C.A. [We go to] Louis Boston for shopping. 

    I do occasionally take them on the sort of nighttime Irish liquor tour. The Quencher. You double park the biggest car you have, with flashers on, and you ask them to make a martini and they don't know how and they're like, "Come here, love, you make it. Here, you make it." Then you turn the jukebox on and you smoke cigarettes inside. That's always fun.
  • On September 27, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the five best things to see and do in Boston?

    ©iStock_vivalapenler Boston may be a small city, but it is filled with endless sites and activities. Whether you’re here to taken in historical sights or feast your way through the wide variety of cuisines and restaurants you’ll find here, the list of things to see and do in Boston is long. Here are five of our favorites:  

    1. Take a stroll. Boston is one of America’s most walkable cities (and you might miss something if you’re traveling by car) so ditch your wheels and hit the pavement. Begin with a cruise down Newbury Street for some of the best shopping around. The shops closest to the Public Garden tend toward luxury fashion and jewelry (think Chanel and Cartier), while those at the Massachusetts Avenue are decidedly more entry level (including independent music store Newbury Comics and Urban Outfitters). In between is a mix of mass market fashion (Banana Republic, True Religion, American Apparel) and independent boutiques.  

    2. The Esplanade. One of Boston’s most delightful sights is actually free. The Esplanade is a swath of green space that skirts the Charles River for miles offering jogging paths, ball fields and picnic spots.  

    3. The Freedom Trail. Boston’s famed features 16 official sites spread along a 2.5-mile trail marked by red bricks embedded in the sidewalks. If you stick to the trail, this attraction is also free (though entering some of the historic buildings will cost you a buck or two).  

    4. Fenway Park. This legendary spot is more than a baseball stadium, it’s a temple to America’s favorite game. Even if you’re in town when the Red Sox are off-season, you can take a tour of this grand old ballpark, built in 1912 and lovingly restored. (Though you’ll have to wait until the Boys of Summer are in residence to sample a famous Fenway Frank.)

    5. Faneuil Hall Marketplace. One of the city’s top draws, Faneuil Hall is filled with restaurants, shops and kiosks (if you’re looking to pick up a souvenir, this is the place to go). But this historic site is more than just a place to buy a keychain: The hall is remembered as the site of town meetings that produced the policy of "no taxation without representation."
  • On May 23, 2012
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What are the five best things to see and do in Boston?

    1. My first stop is usually Sofra, for food. Sofra bakery, right on the border of Boston, Watertown. That is a must on the to-do list.

    2. Second is usually Lekker Home and walking around the South End stores, Hudson and Michelle Willey.

    3. If you're here on the weekend then I'll take you to the SoWa market, a little free market.

    4. And sometimes if you're here on a Friday night and it happens to be the first Friday of the month, then I'll take you to the art studios down on South End.

    5. And then I always take them to the I.C.A, Louis Boston, for shopping, Alan Delvarian.

    I do occasionally take them on the sort of nighttime Irish liquor tour. The Quencher. You double park the biggest car you have, with flashers on, and you ask them to make a martini and they don't know how and they're like, "Come here love, you make it. Here, you make it." Then you turn the jukebox on and you smoke cigarettes inside, that's always fun.
  • On May 23, 2012
    Jonathan Nicholson answered the question: Jonathan Nicholson

    What are the five best things to see and do in Boston?

    The five best things to see and do in Boston are:

    1. Meander the streets of Beacon Hill, where the underground railroad was harbored and visit our senator and the famous writers who live in Louisburg Square. Take a photo of Acorn Street — the most-photographed street in the U.S.

    2. See the Boston Skyline view from the Longfellow Bridge or the view from the Prudential.

    3. Walk the Freedom Trail experience daily Boston life and history at the same time.

    4. Attend a live professional sporting event at Fenway Park or the Boston Garden.

    5. Visit our Italian district — the North End — for a cappuccino and cannoli.
  • On May 23, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the five best things to see and do in Boston?

    ©iStock_vivalapenler Boston may be a small city, but it is filled with endless sites and activities. Whether you’re here to taken in historical sights or feast your way through the wide variety of cuisines and restaurants you’ll find here, the list of things to see and do in Boston is long. Here are five of our favorites:  

    1. Take a stroll. Boston is one of America’s most walkable cities (and you might miss something if you’re traveling by car) so ditch your wheels and hit the pavement. Begin with a cruise down Newbury Street for some of the best shopping around. The shops closest to the Public Garden tend toward luxury fashion and jewelry (think Chanel and Cartier), while those at the Massachusetts Avenue are decidedly more entry level (including independent music store Newbury Comics and Urban Outfitters). In between is a mix of mass market fashion (Banana Republic, True Religion, American Apparel) and independent boutiques.  

    2. The Esplanade. One of Boston’s most delightful sights is actually free. The Esplanade is a swath of green space that skirts the Charles River for miles offering jogging paths, ball fields and picnic spots.  

    3. The Freedom Trail. Boston’s famed features 16 official sites spread along a 2.5-mile trail marked by red bricks embedded in the sidewalks. If you stick to the trail, this attraction is also free (though entering some of the historic buildings will cost you a buck or two).  

    4. Fenway Park. This legendary spot is more than a baseball stadium, it’s a temple to America’s favorite game. Even if you’re in town when the Red Sox are off-season, you can take a tour of this grand old ballpark, built in 1912 and lovingly restored. (Though you’ll have to wait until the Boys of Summer are in residence to sample a famous Fenway Frank.)  

    5. Faneuil Hall Marketplace. One of the city’s top draws, Faneuil Hall is filled with restaurants, shops and kiosks (if you’re looking to pick up a souvenir, this is the place to go). But this historic site is more than just a place to buy a keychain: The hall is remembered as the site of town meetings that produced the policy of "no taxation without representation."
  • On November 12, 2011
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What are the five best things to see and do in Boston?

    1. My first stop is usually Sofra, for food. Sofra bakery, right on the border of Boston, Watertown. That is a must on the to-do list.

    2. Second is usually Lekker Home and walking around the South End stores, Hudson and Michelle Willey.

    3. If you're here on the weekend then I'll take you to the SoWa market, a little free market.

    4. And sometimes if you're here on a Friday night and it happens to be the first Friday of the month, then I'll take you to the art studios down on South End.

    5. And then I always take them to the I.C.A, Louis Boston, for shopping, Alan Delvarian.

    I do occasionally take them on the sort of nighttime Irish liquor tour. The Quencher. You double park the biggest car you have, with flashers on, and you ask them to make a martini and they don't know how and they're like, "Come here love, you make it. Here, you make it." Then you turn the jukebox on and you smoke cigarettes inside, that's always fun.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Barbara Lynch answered the question: Barbara Lynch

    What are Barbara Lynch's favorite hotels in Boston?

    I think my first choice would be XV Beacon because it’s just cute, quaint, beautiful location. Second I would have to say Four Seasons, and third, I would say InterContinental.