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1128 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1408 (Norfolk Street)
+1 617-876-0286
22:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Mon - Thu 22:00 - 17:00
Fri 22:00 - 11:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

ENE is mediocre at best. 60-70 dollars per person at a place maybe a rung above an Applebee's. The dishes all tasted of one and only one liquid. The octopus carpaccio seemed to be nothing more than vinegar. The oysters might have been pleased to be swimming once more in a briny, insipid soup, but no one at the table... More 

Thank Trainedpalate
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

i rarely eat food that is innovative and satisfying. My meal rose above just being cool and actually struck me as authentic and fulfilling. This is my secret date weapon, "oh you've never heard about this place? i'm about to blow your mind"

Thank Froggiefoodie
Boston, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014 via mobile

We have been here a few times in the past but probably not for a year or so. I did not realize they had a new menu when we made our reservation, but was pleasantly surprised. We started with a couple of the specials --small plates -- the bluefish pate was very good with some small rice crackers and some... More 

Thank Cindy K
Boston, Massachusetts
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62 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

Interesting and creative food and drink offerings. Very good service. Small, intimate setting. Variety of flavors and small plates made for a great sharing/dining experience.

Thank James M
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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237 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

When my co-worker and I first started to look at the menu we were a bit hesitant. There are only small plates and not that many choices. Each small plate also had very unique ingredients in surprising combinations. So, we decided to just go with the 5-plate sampler for each of us after confirming that all of the "main" ingredients... More 

1 Thank jongable
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

Nine small but flavorful delectable courses. One of the best bargains in fine dining in greater Boston. Every morsel is perfect, achieving the sensory delight the chef intended. For a nine course meal, it goes by really fast (like an hour) and your come away satisfied but not stuffed. Truly one of the best meals I have had in Boston.

1 Thank Catherine C
hummelstown, pa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

Asian tapas? Unbelievably good. Great mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare. Excellent food all around - well priced wine, fantastic salads, great noodle dishes, and all at a price that you can try them all.

Thank jtcraig5_11
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

We ate here with another couple and were impressed by the effort made to create interesting cocktails and a menu that is exquisite. I don't remember being disappointed by anything. A note, however, if you are not an adventuresome diner, don't come here because it would be wasted on you. Each dish is carefully prepared and served; the room is... More 

1 Thank NancyJax
Derwood, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

This is amazingly creative and delicious food. The kids loved the crispy pork belly sandwich and the scallion pancakes stuffed with Kung Pao chicken. The parents each tried the five course chef specials for $35, one vegetarian. Every dish was excellent and unlike anything we has eaten before. The portions seem deceptively small but fill you up. Would gladly go... More 

Thank APalan
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

One-of-a-kind, creative and delicious. And don't scrimp on the equally creative cocktails. Fairly pork-o-centric, but there are vegetarian options

Thank Wahini2014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$29 - US$31
Asian, Fusion
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
22:00 - 17:00
22:00 - 17:00
22:00 - 17:00
22:00 - 17:00
22:00 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1128 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139-1408
    (Norfolk Street)
  • Public Transportation: On the train - Central Square "T" stop is the closest...then it is a short walk down Prospect Street to Cambridge Street where you make a right onto Cambridge Street and we are three blocks down on the right. One the bus - The 69 bus stops right in front of East By Northeast
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +1 617-876-0286
East by Northeast reflects the Chinese-style food we serve with a focus on New England’s palette of local ingredients. Offering something both familiar and exciting, we look to the past with recipes rooted in tradition and to the future by giving those recipes a fresh perspective. Despite harsh northeast winters, we will strive to support local farms, above all committing to sourcing the best-quality ingredients. Respect for the products, culinary traditions, and the customer are our highest priorities.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?