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Editors’ Choice

The Poynt, Newburyport

Standout qualities: Whether you’re sampling the moules frites—mussels, black garlic, orange, leeks, wheat beer, house frites, and burnt orange creme fraiche—or the fried green tomato plate, you’ll be happy you chose this downtown locale to gather with the girls. 

Fun fact: Looking to host a fun shower or birthday? Gather an intimate group of up to 14 guests in the Wolfe’s Den, a cozy space that will make you feel pampered, but also right at home. 

What’s unique: Brunch is offered every day during the summer months from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

31 Water St., Newburyport, 978-358-8501,


Readers’ Choice

Opus, Salem

What’s unique: Cocktails with names like New Shoes and Lust for Life drive the interesting conversation at the crowded bar before folks head downstairs to Opus Underground for dancing. 

Fun fact: Need some sustenance the next day? Brunch at Opus includes everything from pancakes to sushi with chorizo hash and eggs. Takeout orders are also possible.

87 Washington St., Salem, 978-744-9600,