Best new restaurants in Boston
Like some variety when you go out to eat? Time Out Market Boston has you covered. Boston's first contemporary food hall boasts 15 curated food offerings, two slick bars and lots more. There is plenty of seating—both indoors and on a lovely, buzzing patio—and some of the biggest culinary names in Boston are delivering a varied assortment of delicious dishes and killer bites.
Chef Karen Akunowicz (formerly of Myers & Chang) is behind this Southie restaurant, which was inspired by her time living and working in Modena, Italy. Akunowicz's goal has been to foster a sense of community, and—based on all the local couples who have been flocking in to enjoy a night of Italian food—she seems to have hit her mark. The extensive wine list has options from around the globe.
Located inside the snazzy new Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, the Boston outpost of the renowned globe-spanning Japanese izakaya serves sophisticated plays on sushi, robata skewers and tempura. Enjoy pristine nigiri and top-shelf sake in classy environs.
Columbus Hospitality Group’s Bar Lyon brings the delicacies of France’s gastronomic capital to the far corner of the South End. Classics like escargots and quenelles de brochet are treated with care and respect; locally-sourced ingredients dot the inviting bistro menu. The charming interior, artfully crafted cocktails and Lyonnaise cuisine will make you forget all about The Hub's other bistros.
The seasonal menu at this Seaport hot spot—named after the Massachusetts state bird—is Mediterranean-influenced, and features ingredients from local farms, markets and producers. Starters such as kohlrabi tzatziki combine the best of both worlds. The lunch menu focuses on pitas—check out the fried hake with pickled peppers and zhoug. Dinner offers more to explore; pasta dishes are a highlight, dishes might include littleneck clams with green harissa or gnocchi with smoked chestnut. Innovative cocktails incorporate fresh ingredients, too—snap peas, roasted red peppers and jasmine, to name a few.
Located a short stroll from Union Square, Celeste provides Somerville and Cambridge residents with fine Peruvian fare. Grab a seat at the bar and watch the open kitchen work its magic. Diners fill the small space to nosh on Peruvian standards—ceviche, causa, lomo saltado—done in style. The bar program focuses on mezcal- and pisco-based cocktails.
This cozy Huron Village restaurant serves globally-influenced, seasonal cuisine with thoughtfully-selected wines. Diners fill the small space’s twelve tables to select between a la carte and tasting menus, both of which change daily to reflect seasonality and sourcing. The cocktail program features aperitif-style cocktails.
Located in the Financial District, Kamakura offers an authentically gourmet Japanese dining experience complete with traditional Japanese favorites, seasonal kaiseki (set tasting menus), sushi omakase (chef’s whim), and bento-style boxes at lunch. The kitchen utilizes fresh, local ingredients, and the extensive drink list features Bushido sake on tap and white wine from the Yamanashi Prefecture. Dine alongside the chef at the first-floor kaiseki bar, or head up to the open-air “Kumo” bar and lounge, featuring a 400-square foot retractable roof.
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.
Located an errant foul shot from TD Garden, Alcove is the first restaurant from local hospitality veteran Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli (Island Creek Oyster Bar, Eastern Standard, Craigie on Main). The open, minimalist-chic space gets packed before big Garden events, such is the draw of the well-chosen wine list and versatile menu of upscale contemporary fare. The kitchen merges New England-sourced ingredients with Mediterranean techniques and flavors.
Michael Scelfo’s Longfellow Bar resides in the historic Café Algiers space atop his Harvard Square dining destination, Alden & Harlow. The bar follows a communal, family-style approach similar to that of Alden & Harlow. Scelfo’s award-winning burger is available at Longfellow Bar anytime, and not in limited quantities (as is the case downstars at Alden & Harlow). The bar program transforms and elevates simple ingredients, with infusions, vinegars, syrups and bitters all made in-house.
Tim Maslow (of the now-closed Ribelle and Strip-T’s) has re-entered Boston’s dining scene with his colorfully-named brasserie in the former home of Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel. The eclectic, Japanese-accented menu includes sashimi, tempura, veggie dishes and more.
Tiffani Faison’s “adult snack bar” resides steps away from her other two Fenway restaurants, Sweet Cheeks and Tiger Mama. Fool’s Errand is inspired by European tapas bars; the standing-room-only space contains crystal chandeliers and French wallpaper. When the interior, which can only hold a couple dozen, get packed, the crowds can spill out onto the outdoor patio. An assortment of creative small bites emanate from a small open kitchen at the center of the wood bar.
An offshoot of Watertown’s Cha Yen Thai Cookery, Kala Thai brings fresh Thai flavors to the high-traffic Haymarket area. Start with corn cakes—a Cha Yen favorite—then choose from a selection of noodle dishes (egg or rice noodles), fried rice, or curry. Spicy tom yum soup carries a kick, and chef specialty stir-fried dishes feature fresh ingredients and bold flavors. If the weather permits, get takeout and enjoy on the Greenway nearby.
This younger sibling of haley.henry, a popular wine bar near Downtown Crossing, offers a similarly stylish, diminutive space for sampling interesting wines. The small space, filled with black tile and exposed lightbulbs, includes a counter, bar, and tables. Most notably, all of the by-the-glass wines are from female wine producers, and the staff will open any bottle of wine if diners commit to at least two glasses. An assortment of fancified nibbles (corn nuts, olives, foie gras) pair nicely with the wine-focused environs.
From its rustic, stylish home in the South End, Southern Proper serves modern takes on classic Southern and Lowcountry cuisine. Northerners take a trip to the south without leaving town, thanks to smoked and salted meats, fried chicken, barbecue, and Lowcountry-style seafood dishes. Complementing the southern fare is an extensive list of whiskies, ryes, and bourbons.
This internationally-backed restaurant offers a lengthy menu filled with Asian, Latin American, and Turkish influences. A colorful mix of locals and out-of-towners fill the stylish environs to sip creative cocktails while nibbling on ceviches, tiraditos, sashimi, and more substantial fare such as dry-aged steaks, rack of lamb, and whole duck served family-style.