July 16, 2024

Eating places

Boston-area openings embrace an off-the-cuff Thai bar in Brookline, a brand new meals corridor in Downtown Boston, and extra.

Burgers from Massive Grin. Brian Samuels

Winter isn’t often essentially the most buzzy time to open a restaurant – particularly in New England – but there’s been some grand openings round city that we will’t wait to take a look at. 

From a brand new meals corridor in Downtown Boston to fashionable Thai restaurant and fast-casual Italian, listed here are the venues which have our mouths watering for February.

Three years after this common Cambridge pub closed throughout the pandemic, it’s formally reopened in its new location in Kendall Sq. — and is already being celebrated by previous regulars for its basic pub fare alongside a spherical of pool. The crimson-hued, retro area from the crimson partitions to the 12 ruby felt-topped pool tables, are a nod to its enduring idea as Flat Prime Johnny’s has been a neighborhood establishment since 1993. The bar serves up a rotating checklist of regionally crafted beer, with one among their hottest meals orders being The Lilith Burger, smothered with the works (pickles, onion, tomatoes, lettuce) and served with scorching, crispy fries, which the venue teases on Instagram to be “your new obsession.”

238 Primary St., Cambridge

Now Open

Pizza from Gatto Pazzo. – Brian Samuels

Boston provides to its lineup of Michelin-starred cooks making their mark on the town with chef John Fraser unveiling his culinary vacation spot on the coronary heart of Winthrop Heart in Downtown Boston. Fraser earned his star for his innovation with greens at his former NYC restaurant, Nix, and now infuses a few of that veggie-forward pondering to the ideas at The Lineup, chef Fraser’s first-ever meals corridor. Ariana showcases vegetarian Mexi-Cali delicacies the place beef and pork are changed by thoughtfully sourced greens in burritos and Mexican avenue meals. There are a complete of 5 grab-and-go ideas that encompass what the area refers to their “an city lounge” for mingling over espresso from Day Shift and lunch from IRIS Mezze (Mediterranean), Gatto Pazzo (Neapolitan pizza), and Massive Grin (burgers and roadside classics). With hours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday, The Lineup caters to the work crowd of downtown.

​​115 Federal St.

Now Open

In different meals corridor information, Excessive Road Place welcomed their latest vendor in January – a high-quality Italian menu within the type of a fast-casual setting. Makaroni prides itself on its made-to-order pasta from Chef Nina Festekjian; there’s classics like rooster pesto penne, Bolognese linguine and Italian sausage orecchiette to specialities like burrata truffle ravioli and lemon rooster spaghetti. Although some could disdain pasta for lunch, the minimalist stand is hoping to advertise – serving up recent, delicate noodles with native greens which might be extra ethereal than indulgent. 

100 Excessive St.

Now Open

Merai 

Merai
Chompon Boonnak of Merai. – Picture courtesy of Merai

Thai culinary lovers should be thrilled to listen to that the identical staff behind Mahaniyom, the Thai tapas restaurant on Washington Road in Brookline, will open a sibling restaurant in Brookline Village, known as Merai. Co-owners Chompon Boonnak and Smuch Saikamthorn clarify that regardless that the restaurant is bodily near Mahaniyom, the menu and idea is one thing utterly new, within the type of “ran lao,” informal Thai bars which they liken to an elevated, dive bar, but nothing overly formal. This additionally means Merai could have a powerful cocktail checklist, utilizing Thai twists on classics, which has similarities to highlights from the meals menu, like Hung Lay Bao, pork stomach braised in Thai Northern-style curry, in bao buns or Khao Soi Fettuccini.

Harvard Road, Brookline

Opens: Mid February

An inside rendering of Saltie Woman, which can reopen late February 2024. – Courtesy

This Again Bay favourite took the month of January off to spruce up for spring. Oyster and shellfish-fans don’t fret—Saltie Woman will return on the finish of February after PCA Design freshens up its interiors. Anticipate a lighter, extra whimsical palette from the mint and rosy hues of the basement bar to a tropical palette within the ballroom (fundamental eating space), whereas the library can be decked in wooden and forest tones. The menu will even see some new additions with the likes of dover sole, tuna carpaccio and salmon balls as a palate teaser. For diners who can’t await the whole reveal, Saltie Woman is providing a prix fixe dinner with seatings at 6 p.m. and eight p.m. on February 1 and February 14, hosted by chef and culinary director, Kyle McClelland. 

279 Dartmouth St.

Opens: Late February