HOT DESTINATION: Area IV

For years, the part of Cambridge roughly bounded by Inman, Kendall, and Central Squares has been rich in technology and research firms but restaurant poor. In the past year, a gaggle of intrepid operators has decided to make an oasis of this desert. Among the new arrivals are Bondir (279A Broadway, 617.661.0009), from Jason Bond - perhaps the most sublime chef-owned small restaurant to debut recently; Area Four (500 Technology Square, 617.758.4444), another go at an urban restaurant by Lumi�re's highly regarded Michael Leviton; and Meadhall (4 Cambridge Center, 617.714.4372), a beer-geek paradise with more than a hundred beers on tap. Also, expected to open soon are Catalyst (300 Technology Square, 617.986.0218), a chef-owned indie helmed by the acclaimed William Kovel, formerly of Aujourd'hui; Abigail's (291 Third Street), with former South End Formaggio chef Jason Lord as top toque; and Kika Tapas (350 Third Street), a Spanish restaurant from the Tapeo team. Maybe now the City of Cambridge will see fit to give this neighborhood a real name, not just a number.