Ama Raw Bar
Modeled off of the seafood and raw bars of Japan with a New England style, Ama means “sea women,” aka Japanese divers famous for searching the ocean’s depths for food and pearls. It’s an apt name for this treasure box of a dimly-lit restaurant that draws you in with its neon amber bar and a sensuous mural by artist Naveen Shakil. Here, lychee martini-soaked happy hours crossfade into late nights in the back room, speakeasy-style lounge. Or, they bloom into bites in the backyard garden, surrounded by flowers. Getting to the meat of it all, there are bao buns, shucked oysters, seafood towers, and plenty more where that brine came from. Shakespeare once wrote, “The world’s mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.” We’ll raise a glass of bubbles to that.