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Address: The Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston
By: Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich, others
Speciality: It will not be too high an expectation if you wish to get the best seafood selection in the restaurant. It is both a foodie’s paradise and a shopper’s paradise as the place promises a rep for the Italian dining and shopping emporium. And if you think that is it then let us inform you that the massive 45,000-square-foot gastroplex at the Pru will also feature a La Pizza & La Pasta restaurant. Besides, there will be a seafood restaurant, Il Pesce, and a cooking school. Does that not excite you? We know it does.
12. En Boca
Address: 8 Holyoke St., Cambridge
By: Ben Lacy (Ten Tables Cambridge), Devin Broo (Bar Boulud), and Classic Restaurant Concepts (forces behind The Asgard and The Kinsale pubs).
Speciality: The old Sandrine’s space is recreated into a 132 seat restaurant and 17-seat bar. The menu is quite interesting being divided into “farm,” “land,” “sea,” and “garden.” Guess which dishes will fall under which category? For a good selection of food and beverages, do not forget to drop in in the month of September.
13. Flour Harvard Square
Address: 114 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge
By: Joanne Chang
Speciality: This is one of the three bakeries planned by Chang, others being in Kendall Square and the Back Bay. The reigning James Beard Award-winning baker and proprietor of some of Boston’s favorite sweet shops, Chang will surely please those with high expectations. Chang is also chef/owner of Myers & Chang, along with her husband and business partner, Christopher Myers.
Address: 225 Newbury St., Boston
Date: Late October
By: Demetri Tsolakis from the Seaport’s Committee
Speciality: Expect loukoumades topped with honey, sesame seeds, pistachios, and other treats. This nightlife destination boasts of food on the go. Have a sparkling and sweet night here with delicious doughnuts and scrumptious snacks.
15. La Casa de Pedro
Address: 505 Congress St., Boston
By: Pedro Alarcón, chef-owner at Watertown’s 20-year-old flagship.
Speciality: La Casa de Pedro is a unique and amazing mix of a patio, an outdoor bar, live music, a ceviche bar, and even a takeout cafe! Their menu has dishes from Venezuela and beyond. The place will definitely see couples, families, and energetic groups.
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Address: 243 Hampshire St., Cambridge
By: Mohamad El Zein, former operations director for Masa, and Rod Ouassaidi, owner of South End Pita.
Speciality: This Arabic style restaurant makes use of preserved ingredients used in Arabic and Eastern Mediterranean dishes such as olives, pickles, cheeses, spices, and jams. The word moons stands for “pantry” in Arabic, so you know now what exactly to expect before entering this cosy space. Are you ready for a spicy and tangy treat this September?
Address: Millennium Tower, 1 Franklin St., Boston
By: Acclaimed San Francisco chef Michael Mina and sushi master Ken Tominaga
Speciality: This two-story version of San Francisco’s acclaimed sushi bar and izakaya has already evoked high hopes in seafood lovers. Mina describes it as “my very first restaurant [Aqua] was all fish,” not to forget an extensive charcoal-cooked meat program. If you are a sushi lover then you will get multi-course sushi menus. The dishes are prepared with ingredients from Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market and Japanese whiskey aplenty. Eat to your heart’s delight.
Address: 948 Great Plain Ave., Needham
Date: Early October
By: Chef-owner Rachel Klein, recently seen at Liquid Art House
Speciality: The restaurant features 100 seats, an open kitchen with a 25-seat dining counter, and a lounge. It is one of the most family-friendly dinning places which entertains couples and groups as well. Klein talks about his restaurant “We have an American menu with global influences. It’s a place you could go every day and have a burger or do a chef’s tasting menu.” She looks eager to open a place where worldly people can enjoy food and eat out all the time.
Address: The Godfrey Hotel, 505 Washington St., Boston
By: The team behind Downtown Crossing’s Yvonne’s
Address: 1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Date: Now open
By: Alden & Harlow’s Michael Scelfo and Seth Freidus
Speciality: You can expect roasts, a bakery program, pizza and seafood here. The regional seafood is a delight to have. Relish mouth-watering cuisines and delicacies on plates designed by Boston ceramicist Jeremy Ogusky.
These are just a few restaurants while there are many more to come including a branch of Island Creek Oyster Bar in Burlington, a Boston deli from Tasty Burger’s Dave DuBois, a waterfront restaurant at The Eddy luxury apartment in East Boston from former Pigalle chef Marc Orfaly, an Italian restaurant called MIDA in the South End, and the Seaport’s Oak + Rowan from the team behind Newburyport’s Ceia and Brine, with tableside liquor carts and a caviar program.
If you crave for scrumptious southern delicacies in awesome ambience then we have great news for you. If you wish to be served by a celebrity chef, if you wish to devour fresh veggies cultivated in a hydroponic hotel garden then get ready to get your wish fulfilled as some of the great restaurants are opening around Boston this fall. Read on to know more about them.
The dates mentioned are tentative as they are often subject to change.
1. Area Four Boston
Address: 262 E. Berkeley St., Boston
Date: Early October
By: A4 founder Michael Krupp and executive chef-partner Jeff Pond
Speciality: Grab some real delight from real oven. The restaurant is described as “vintage kitsch and high design” by the team. This is a perfect place for those who love to grab some dishes cooked in open flame such as roasted meats, fish, vegetables, and the signature pizzas. Their selection of pizzas has a modern reflection as the combination of ingredients available on their pizzas is not ones you usually see at your local pizza joints. Area Four is fueled by creativity, fearlessness and an unrelenting commitment to quality.
2. The Automatic
Address: 50 Hampshire St., Cambridge
By: East Coast Grill guru Chris Schlesinger and bartender extraordinaire Dave Cagle
Speciality: Cagle describes his venture as “Fun, fast, and flavorful but not fussy.” What else can a foodie expect if a restaurant has all these qualities? Everyone likes to get their food fast and full of flavours. Tattooed servers and punk rock music make the ambience even more fun and the menu is beyond imagination. From chili dogs to red curry mussels to the aforementioned Cool Ranch plantains, you get to taste it all under one roof.
Address: The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge
Date: Late October
By: Giulia chef-owner Michael Pagliarini
Speciality: The restaurant can comfortably accommodate 200 people and it has private dinning facility available. There is a separate pasta table as well. Renae Connolly is the pastry chef who is well known for her culinary skills. It’s a little piece of Italy in the heart of Cambridge with exclusive options such as terrace seating. For a delicious Italian dinner or lunch, set your mood in Benedetto.
4. The Burro Bar
Address: 1665 Beacon St., Brookline
By: Joe Cassinelli, chef-owner of Alpine Restaurant Group (The Painted Burro, Posto, Rosebud).
Speciality: If you loved Davis Square Burro then this is going to be a treat for you as it is a smaller-scale version of the same. You will get to relish yummy tacos, tortas and nachos. You may also expect to have their signature hot dog topped with chipotle ketchup and agave mustard. If that feels like a mouth-watering menu then be ready for more of this the coming November.
5. Buttermilk and Bourbon
Address: Back Bay, Boston
By: Maverick chef Jason Santos
Speciality: The restaurant is described as “the energy of Toro and the food of Hungry Mother — Southern ingredients prepared properly” by Santos. It is your next stop for snacks, food and beverages as their menu features house-fried chicken with Nashville hot sauce, and Scorpion bowls among other delicacies. Sip your champagne as you enter the bar and tease your taste buds with delicious dishes.
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6. Catalyst Café
Address: 75 Binney St., Cambridge
By: Catalyst chef-owner William Kovel
Speciality: This cafe outside of Kendall Square is a perfect place for breakfast and lunch. You can expect a wide variety of sandwiches and doughnuts as well as hot chocolate. This definitely is one of the best places for those with a sweet tooth. This fine-dinning restaurant will be opening in the month of November, save the date already.
7. Certified Meatball Company
Address: 429 West Broadway, South Boston
By: Boston Nightlife Ventures, the team behind Southern Kin and Wink & Nod
Speciality: At this unique restaurant you can enjoy a wide selection of dishes including six types of meatballs with sauce pairings. There are unusual combos like turducken balls, cashew-curried vegetable balls, and bao balls atop steamed bao buns. Meatball can truly make anyone’s day and we bet you won’t be disappointed here. Grab your share of delicasies before they go housefull.
Address: The Ames Hotel, 1 Court St., Boston
Date: Late fall
By: Mary Dumont, lately seen at Cambridge’s Harvest
Speciality: Boston’s first skyscraper is all set to get a unique restaurant which offers amazing facilities such as hydroponic and hanging gardens. While the restaurant menu features foraged food, sustainable seafood, and dry-aged meats, they put a lot of emphasise on garden concept to offer a pleasant experience. Dumont describes the restaurant as “This is modern American food with a huge emphasis on the modern garden concept.”
9. Cunard Tavern
Address: 25 Orleans St., East Boston
By: Ducali and Lucia owner Phil Frattaroli
Speciality: This is a waterfront gastropub which offers traditional pub food unlike other Italian, Maxican and American restaurants. Frattaroli is opening it on the site of his grandfather’s former woodshop. He describes his obejective behind the restaurant as “Now there’s tons of Italian, Mexican, and Central American food here, so I wanted to do traditional pub food.” The restaurant has 65 seats and a 35-seat roof deck. Have you breakfast, lunch and brunch here feeling the fresh mornings and lazy evenings.
10. East Coast Grill
Address: 1271 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Date: Early November
By: Highland Kitchen’s Mark Romano and wife Marci Joy
Speciality: The menu has been carefully crafted and it consists of wide variety of drinks and many of the spicy barbecue dishes. It is an attempt to revive Inman Square institution which closed back in January and there has been a void since then. This new restaurant will definitely bring smiles and happiness.
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