Near my office, some favorites are:
* Farm Grille rotisserie for their home-y moussaka, tender lamb shank, and cold lemony octopus salad.
* Green Tea for Sichuan Beef Noodle soup, with spicy anise-y numbing hot liquid with doughy toothsome udon-style noodles and chunks of tender beef. Sometimes they'll make their weekend dimsum items for you on weekdays, if you ask nicely. Their tarot cake is a favorite of mine.
* Bobalicious (a little further out of the way) for superb banh mi, and sometimes seasonal soups
What chowishness is available near your places of work?
308 Watertown St, Newton, MA 02458
Green Tea Restaurant
24 Elliot St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461