Take the #59 bus to Walnut Street and Washington Street: $6.
Start with appetizers at Karoun Restaurant (839 Washington St., Newton, 617-964-3400, www.karoundining.com). Try the grape leaves and lamejune pizza: $15. Add tip: $3.
Walk over to Newtonville Books (296 Walnut St., Newton, 617-244-6619, www.newtonvillebooks.com) for one of its Books & Brews events, a reading paired with free beer and wine (held some Thursdays and some Sundays; schedule varies, so check the website for upcoming dates).
End the evening with a sinful and entirely split-able creation from Cabot's Ice Cream, pictured (743 Washington St., Newton, 617-964-9200, www.cabots.com). We suggest the aptly named Chocolate Homicide: $6.39. Add tip: $1.