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The best new restaurants in Boston

Stay on top of the Boston restaurant scene with our guide to the best new restaurants where you should eat right now

By Eric Grossman and Time Out Boston Staff

Boston's dining scene has had a tough go of it lately, all the more reason to get out there and support the city's most notable new restaurants. In normal times, there’s never enough time to visit all the best restaurants in Boston or the best bars in Boston, much less keep track of all the great new restaurants that seem to pop up on a regular basis. You can stick with the Hub’s tried and true pizza joints, Boston burger spots, or the best Boston Italian restaurants, but when you’re looking for something new, our list of the hottest new restaurants in Boston will keep you in-the-know.

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29,000 square feet of fine food and drinks

Time Out Market Boston
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Time Out Market Boston

Restaurants Fenway/Kenmore

Time Out Market Boston features a tasty assortment of curated food offerings, plus two slick bars and lots more. There's plenty of seating—both indoors and outside on a newly expanded, 6,000 sq ft patio—and some of the biggest culinary names in Boston are on hand crafting a varied assortment of delicious dishes and 'Gram-worthy bites. The market is housed in the 401 Park Drive building, an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929 as a Sears, Roebuck and Company warehouse.

Best new restaurants in Boston

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1. Krasi

Restaurants Greek Back Bay

The team behind GreCo and Committee Ouzeri + Bar now offer this Greek meze and wine bar. Named after the Greek word for wine, Krasi is located in the former Café Jaffa space, in the heart of the Back Bay. The menu of regional Greek meze is complimented by a Greek wine list of more than 180 all natural, organic and biodynamic selections. 

Woods Hill Pier 4
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2. Woods Hill Pier 4

Restaurants American creative Seaport District

Woods Hill Pier 4 brings farm-to-table dining to the Seaport, on the site where the iconic Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant once sat. Kristin Canty and the team behind The Farm at Woods Hill create modern, seasonal dishes using ingredients that are organic, non-GMO, and come from local area purveyors. All meat comes from The Farm at Woods Hill and other local farms that raise animals ethically and feed from an organic grass-based diet.

Black Lamb
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3. Black Lamb

Restaurants American South End

From the culinary talent behind Bar Mezzana comes the modern American brasserie, Black Lamb, located in the buzzing South End. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Black Lamb dishes out comforting, yet elevated fare. Duck breast frites with orange bearnaise, prime rib with potato gratin and grilled tuna steak nicoise are just a few of the diverse menu options. Not to mention, Black Lamb doubles as a raw bar that offers countless fresh, local bivalves. If you’re looking for a chic spot to grab drinks, explore their extensive wine, cocktail and beer lists.

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4. Mariel

Restaurants Cuban Downtown

This lavish Cuban restaurant from the team behind Yvonne's has emerged as a must-selfie spot, with flaming rum drinks and drunken monkey wallpaper. But the food lives up to the flare, with an impressive list of snacks (pork empanadas, yuca cheese puffs), small plates (fufu gnocchi, congri rice and beans), cuban pizzas and a few hearty mains (steak fritas, lechon asado). The cocktail list is excellent as well.

Grand Tour
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5. Grand Tour

Restaurants French Back Bay

This narrow, bistro-style space comes from Michael Serpa, whose Select Oyster Bar is located just steps away. The Parisian-inspired environs compliment the luxurious menu, which features a pair of steak frites options, each sourced from Savenor’s, plus escargot pot pie, steak tartare (made with hand cut prime filet mignon), New England cheeses (curated with Formaggio Kitchen), and more.

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6. Chalawan

Restaurants Pan-Asian Porter Sq

At Porter Square’s Chalawan, Chef Palm Amatawate — who has cooked throughout Southeast Asia — preps a broad range of cuisines, with culinary touches from Indonesia, Singapore and Myanmar. Try out dishes that are rarely seen locally, such as Indonesian corn cakes, Sri Lankan beetroot curry, and Javanese lamb. The menu is full of interesting ingredients and dishes that will likely require explaining from the friendly staff.

Shy Bird
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7. Shy Bird

Restaurants American creative Kendall Sq

Fans of Branch Line’s rotisserie chicken are flocking to sibling restaurant Shy Bird, hidden away near Kendall Square. The casual cafe is open from breakfast through dinner, offering counter service and comfortable seating. The rotisserie chicken stars on all three menus; if you’re hungry, go for a whole or half bird with your choice of sauce. Other highlights include a cauliflower melt, sugar snap pea salad, brisket, and rosemary-black pepper fries.

Bar 鈥機ino
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8. Bar 鈥機ino

Restaurants Italian

In the St. Mary’s neighborhood of Brookline, Bar ’Cino serves thin-crust, grilled pizzas, cut table-side with scissors (as made famous by the Providence restaurant Al Forno). Hailing from Newport, RI, the restaurant — part of the employee-owned Newport Restaurant Group — features a large, social bar, perfect for enjoying Italian-accented plates and aperitivo-inspired cocktails. Other menu highlights: farro risotto, spaghetti cacio y pepe with RI clams, and a whole roasted lemon-scented chicken.

Photograph: Brian Samuels

9. Peregrine

Restaurants Mediterranean Beacon Hill

Peregrine offers a tasty celebration of underrepresented cuisines from breezy coastal European cities like Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica and Catalonia. Travel to faraway lands through a plate full of ricotta-studded pappardelle and imported wines—all without leaving the new 66-room Whitney Hotel.

Yellow Door Taqueria
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10. Yellow Door Taqueria

Restaurants Mexican South End

Yellow Door Taqueria, the Cali-Mex inspired restaurant in Dorchester’s Lower Mills neighborhood, offers its first Boston location on the edge of the South End. The menu is focused on creative tacos, which range from the familiar (carne asada, confit port carnitas) to the creative (fried scallop, celery root and apple). There’s also fresh ceviche and crudo, plus other Mexican crowd-pleasers. Creative cocktails jockey for attention with the lengthy list of margarita flavors, including hibiscus, coconut, and lime leaf and ginger.

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11. C贸smica

Restaurants Mexican South End

The team behind The Beehive and Beat Brew Hall have partnered with The Revolution Hotel to open Cósmica, a Mexican eatery and bar. The colorful decor pairs well with the beverage program, which features elevated takes on vacation cocktails, plus an extensive collection of tequilas and mezcals. The menu offers creative interpretations of classic Mexican street food dishes, plus crab tostadas, duck carnitas and chili roasted brisket.

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