December 5, 2023

Eating places

Boston-area openings embody a few brasseries, a contemporary clam shack, and extra.

The DW Burger at DW French. Emily Kan

Brasseries are widespread this month. Two new Fenway spots are able to welcome diners with informal, flavor-packed fare — and easygoing vibes to match.

Within the Seaport, there’s additionally a contemporary clam shack getting ready to open and a 400-seat Canadian chain that’s bringing the excitement to the South Boston waterfront.

Listed here are 5 new eating places we’re excited to take a look at in November.

Escargots a la bourguignonne at Blue Ribbon Brasserie.
Escargots a la bourguignonne at Blue Ribbon Brasserie. – Blue Ribbon Brasserie

Blue Ribbon Brasserie

The reputed “place the place the cooks eat” is lastly debuting in Boston, taking on the previous Jap Normal Kitchen to supply a 250-seat neighborhood eating room and bar. Blue Ribbon Brasserie is the extra informal idea from the chef-restaurateurs Eric and Bruce Bromberg, behind Blue Ribbon Sushi and Pescador, each on the Resort Commonwealth. The brasserie’s origins date again to 1992 in SoHo: the 48-seat Blue Ribbon Brasserie shortly turned a beloved native staple, and now they hope to convey the identical appeal right here. Half saloon, half oyster bar, the restaurant is a juxtaposition of moody crimson velvet cubicles towards a light-filled solarium with a suave oyster bar serving up a rotating choice of native and worldwide bivalves on the half shell in addition to different fruits de mer, like New Orleans shrimp ($22) and crab cocktail ($30). The Bromberg brothers are all about sustaining the unfussy, unstuffy ambiance, so diners can anticipate function favorites like bone marrow and oxtail marmalade ($32), cheese fondue ($26), and Pu pu platters comprising meat bites and seafood appetizers.

528 Commonwealth Ave.
Opens: Late November

Charbroiled steak au poivre and creamed spinach with roasted garlic and white wine at DW French.
Charbroiled steak au poivre and creamed spinach with roasted garlic and white wine at DW French. – Emily Kan

DW French

To say Chef Douglass Williams has been busy is likely to be an understatement. In August, the James Beard-nominated chef expanded his flagship restaurant MIDA with a brand new location in East Boston and now, he’s simply opened his model new French Brasserie within the Fenway. Although he’s made a reputation for himself round city for his soulful Italian delicacies, Williams can be educated in French method. “That’s what’s so fascinating about brasserie delicacies — it’s a love affair for repetition with out it feeling boring,” Williams mentioned, including that his private favorites are the French onion soup with broiled Gruyère ($14) and the hake en papillote, fish and greens wrapped in parchment paper then steamed ($32). Different basic brasserie favorites grace the menu, from hors d’oeuvres like escargot ($14), steak tartare ($18), and duck confit ($26) to entrees like steak frites ($32), moules frites — mussels sautéed in a caramelized fennel-garlic broth with fries ($22) — and roasted rooster in its personal jus ($34). And, after all, there’s an distinctive French wine listing to match, together with lesser-known varieties like Picpoul and Grenache Blanc alongside basic French reds like Gamay and Cabernet Franc.

1391 Boylston St.
Now Open

Chef Mark Cina, of Hook + Line.
Chef Mark Cina, of Hook + Line. – Drew Katz Graffito

Hook + Line

A contemporary clam shack within the type of a classy restaurant is about to open on Boston’s Fan Pier throughout the courtyard from the ICA. The most recent restaurant from Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli, who owns Alcove, options undulating floor-to-ceiling home windows overlooking the waterfront with a steady ocean palette all through the restaurant, blurring the indoor-outdoor surroundings. It’s no surprise that the menu is seafood-centric, led by chef Mark Cina, who grew up on Cape Cod and hung out engaged on the coast, from Nantucket to California. The menu continues to be being finalized, however Schlesinger-Guidelli teases quintessential New England with clam chowder, fried clams, lobster rolls, and oysters on the half shell. The kitchen additionally contains a wood-fired oven for extra hearty entrees, together with contemporary each day catch from Boston’s historic Fish Pier. The bar might be a gathering hub with its good-looking stone countertop and strong assortment of worldwide, seafood-friendly wine.

10 Fan Pier Blvd.
Opens: Mid November


Canada-based restaurant chain Moxies is ready to welcome friends throughout 13,000 glossy sq. toes that accommodates about 400 folks and overlooks the South Boston waterfront. The large house affords an upscale modern ambiance with brilliant interiors from the outsized home windows, halo lighting, premium white marble, and a grand staircase connecting the 2 ranges. With places throughout the nation, together with Dallas and Miami, Moxies is acknowledged for its fashionable American delicacies. Led by government chef Brandon Thoradson, Boston’s menu highlights embody the tuna sushi stack ($20), the signature crab cake served with lemon and dill cream, endive leaves, and grapefruit ($28), and the chipotle mango rooster ($30). Handcrafted cocktails pay homage to the world, just like the Marky Marg, constructed with Mark Wahlberg’s tequila Flecha Azul, pineapple, lime, and basil.

899 Congress St.
Now Open

Union Square's apple cider doughnuts.
Union Sq.’s apple cider doughnuts. – Union Sq. Donuts

Union Sq. Donuts

In 2017, the workforce behind an rising, handmade doughnut vendor bought their cult creations at Harvard Sq.’s Tuesday Farmers Market with a makeshift show. As of late, Harvard Sq. is the most recent outpost for the famed New England purveyor. Although they’ve grown considerably within the final decade, with places in Brookline and Again Bay, the Union Sq. Donuts workforce mentioned this location is further particular and they’re “very excited to be part of the Harvard Sq. and Cambridge group.” To rejoice, new menu objects could be discovered completely discovered on the Harvard Sq. store: maple espresso and iced chocolate. They’re at present serving up seasonal fall flavors, too, together with apple cider cake, pumpkin spice latte, and cranberry ginger cruller (beginning at $3.75 per doughnut) with drip espresso beginning at $2.75. Come December, seasonal specials will function a lineup of flavors like eggnog, chocolate peppermint brownie, and gingerbread. Union Sq. Donuts at Harvard Sq. may even supply 4 signature Sufganiyot between Nov. 24 and Dec. 17 to honor and rejoice Hanukkah.

15 JFK St., Cambridge
Now Open