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Nautilus Pier 4
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The 11 best new restaurants in Boston

Stay on top of the Boston restaurant scene and get out there with our guide to the best new spots

By Olivia Vanni and Eric Grossman
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As you look around Boston's restaurant scene these days, you'll find that there are quite a few new faces that have joined the party since the pandemic. While we all ease back into our normal lives, returning to our city's best restaurants and phenomenal bars, we've got a slew of eateries that have recently opened and that definitely deserve a spot in the regular dining rotation. So as you plan for all of your upcoming meals out, be sure to consider these outstanding culinary newcomers while still supporting your usual go-tos. 

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29,000 square feet of fine food and drinks

Time Out Market Boston
Photograph: Eva Sakellarides

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

MIDA
Photograph: Courtesy Jose Luis Martinez

1. MIDA Newton

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There's a new addition to the MIDA family, with chef-owner Douglass Williams just opening the doors to his Newton location. Both the original South End eatery and its surburban sister draw heavy influences from Italian cuisine, with mutual menu items like gnocchi cacio e pepe, paccheri bolognese and fried eggplant parmesan. However, the latest space sets itself apart from the Boston branch, thanks to its selection of traditional pizzas. Like its sibling, the wine list here tends to favor Northern Italian and French bottles, with an emphasis on lesser known producers. And, of course, it expertly executes classic Italian cocktails, like the Negroni. 

Jinny's Pizzeria
Photograph: Dinner Geeks

2. Jinny's Pizzeria

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Lydia Reichert and the team behind suburban hotspot Sycamore have opened another Newton eatery: a sophisticated pizza place that pays homage to her “larger than life” grandmother named, you guessed it, Jinny. This Centre Street joint forms its pies from slow-fermented dough before cooking them in a 700-degree, wood fired oven to achieve a crispy crust that still has a good chew. While the pizza is obviously the main event here, its menu also includes a bunch of Sicilian-influenced bites, including caponata, fava bean dip and marinated squid salad. 

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Nautilus Pier 4
Photograph: Georgie Morley

3. Nautilus Pier 4

Restaurants Seaport District

A piece of the Grey Lady has found its way to the mainland. Nantucket favorite Nautilus has expanded its island operation and has settled in the Seaport, bringing Boston its Asian- and Latin-inspired eats full of fresh seafood. Don’t be fooled by its chill branding and laidback lingo, this restaurant means business when it comes to its selection of small plates, shareable entrees and “table feasts.” (A whole roasted peking duck stuffed into steamed buns? Yes, please). Going above and beyond the typical wine list, this spot earns extra kudos for its impressive sake selection. 

Fiya Chicken
Photograph: Courtesy Fiya Chicken

4. Fiya Chicken

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Fiya Chicken is setting Allston ablaze with its korean fried fare. The Packard’s Corner kitchen makes fried chicken so nice because it fries these pieces of poultry twice. Whether it’s the wings, tenders or its sandwich, this place’s chicken is crispy, juicy and downright delicious. Breaded bird aside, Fiya’s hyper-focused menu also features one other must-eat item: its pancake batter-dipped corn dog, a crispy yet fluffy piece of fried art that can come with or without cheese.

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5. Turkish Lazuri Café

Restaurants Allston/Brighton

Also making its Allston arrival: Turkish Lazuri Café, which serves American breakfast as well as truly traditional Mediterranean meals. While we’d highly recommend making your way there for marvelous meze, kabobs and pitas, we’re especially stoked about its selection of Turkish pizza—of both the lahmacun and pide varieties. Pro-offal patrons will also find a beyond tasty tripe soup that’s full of nutrition and flavor that we consider the mark of an unapologetically authentic eatery—and we stan.

Zuru Zuru Ramen
Photograph: Courtesy Zuru Zuru Ramen and Donburi

6. Zuru Zuru Ramen and Donburi

Restaurants Japanese

If you're all about slurping up big bowls of brothy noodles, then Zuru Zuru Ramen and Donburi is the place to be. This Malden spot offers slowly simmered soups with a variety of spice levels and toppings, including caramelized pork belly cha-su, a medley of mushrooms and fried chicken. Folks looking for a less liquid-forward meal can also snag a donburi rice bowl featuring an equally appealing selection of proteins from this gluten-conscious kitchen.

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7. Underdog Hot Chicken

Restaurants Allston/Brighton

Hot chicken is so hot right now—and that includes Allston’s latest addition to the spicy poultry scene: Underdog Hot Chicken. The Brighton Ave. operation serves this fried Nashville delicacy at five different heat levels, so every guest can feel the right amount of burn while chowing down on its tenders, wings, drumsticks and sandwiches. Southern sides include mac and cheese, fried pickles and kaleslaw (you know, to keep it healthy).

Brasserie
Photograph: Brasserie

8. Brasserie

Restaurants French South End

The South End mourned the loss of Gaslight last fall—but not for long, thanks to Brasserie. Replacing the former restaurant at its 560 Harrison Ave. space, Brasserie boasts the same French flair as its predecessor. The menu is still full of francophile favorites, like escargots à la bourguignonne and duck à l’orange, as well as ingredients sourced from our very own New England waters, as demonstrated in dishes like its bouillabaisse and roasted wild striped bass. Stop by the custom zinc bar for a simple glass of wine, or slide into one of the studded leather booths for a full-on meal à la carte.

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9. Poke Boys

Restaurants Allston/Brighton

Poke Boys has brought #bowlgoals to the Hong Kong Supermarket/Super 88 Food Court in Allston. As the name of the new stall implies, it specializes in poke, the traditional Hawaiian dish that’s quickly become all the rage in recent years. Guests can order their own custom creations or opt for one of the pre-curated combinations, like the salmon lover or yuzu albacore bowls. For folks who aren’t fans of raw fish, the menu also features a number of choices that include cooked proteins, such as grilled eel, soft tofu, chicken and shrimp. 

Punch Bowl Brookline
Photograph: Courtesy Punch Bowl

10. Punch Bowl

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This modern eatery’s name is a throwback to the 1700s, when the old Punch Bowl Tavern was the place to be. While the name may be a nod to the Brookline of yore, the new restaurant is anything but dated—from its contemporary menu right down to its minimalist decor. The kitchen leans heavily on local ingredients to prepare its selection of elevated New England cuisine, including: fried Ipswich clams with togarashi, Kewpie mayo and scallions; a flatbread topped with farmer’s market veggies; and Maine blueberry cobbler with pink peppercorn ice cream.

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11. Hen Chicken Rice

Restaurants Somerville

This spot hit the Somerville food scene this past fall, wowing Union Square with one thing and one thing only: the cherished Thai street food khao man gai. Its kitchen cranks out subtle variations of this often underestimated, flavor-packed specialty— regional interpretations of which are also enjoyed in parts of Singapore, Malaysia and China. Guests can choose between the traditional boiled or crispy chicken, as well as taking their pick of ginger, brown or sticky rice. Snag a cup of daikon soup while you’re at it because it’s the real deal here.

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