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New Year's Eve Guide; Crossroads Returns; More

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And now, this week's top food stories from Eater Boston...

[Photos: Some places that will be open on New Year's Eve./Rachel Leah Blumenthal (top three rows), Nick DiNatale (bottom left image), Cal Bingham (rest of the bottom row)]

HUB-WIDE — Formulate the perfect eating and drinking itinerary for New Year's Eve with this guide to what's open. Many places are serving special menus, some are throwing parties, and others are just keeping things casual. Details within.

BACK BAY — A regular haunt of many a college student, Crossroads Irish Pub is reopening under new ownership after Christmas. It closed in April. The new owners apparently don't plan on making many changes.

KENDALL SQUARE — The Hungry Mother team has just opened its "obnoxious little sister" bar nearby, State Park. The menu is lots of fun, reasonably priced, and includes quarters for games like tabletop shuffleboard.

INMAN SQUARE — Will Gilson reflects on Puritan & Co.'s first year and wonders about what the world would be like without internet—in an interview that is, of course, on the internet.