February 27, 2024

Eating places

Boston’s culinary scene can have no downside persevering with to increase and dazzle

Potato pizza at Sally’s Apizza. Courtesy

After 2023’s plethora of spectacular restaurant openings, from star-studded to favored reopenings, 2024 has some massive sneakers to fill. 

Because it at the moment stands: It appears Boston’s culinary scene can have no downside persevering with to increase and dazzle with the rise of world flavors from Portuguese to Greek, Boston’s solely all-you-can-eat wagyu beef idea and a large pickleball institution anchored by 4 eating places all on the horizon. 

We’ve compiled a information to the brand new eating places the place we are able to’t wait to e-book a desk, organized by the most well liked culinary developments that they fall beneath: from worldwide aptitude to widespread expansions, reopenings, long-awaited eateries and new however mysterious choices.

Reopenings

After briefly shuttering amidst the pandemic in 2020, China Pearl, remained closed to finish a collection of renovations that wouldn’t have been doable with out the pressured downtime. The decades-old Chinatown banquet corridor and dim sum home is run by the Moy household who confer with the venue as “the oldest energetic Chinese language restaurant in Boston.” Although visitors could not acknowledge the as soon as darkish, gaudy interiors now changed by new home windows and uncovered brick partitions, diners can count on the identical nostalgic menu of Chinese language favorites, together with shu mai, pork buns, steamed dumplings, rice and noodle dishes in addition to up to date riffs on basic entrees.

Downtown Boston’s Leather-based District will even see the return of a legendary locale as Metropolis Realty and Royale teamed as much as reopen Jacob Wirth. The 4,100-square-foot German beer corridor was Boston’s second-oldest regularly operated restaurant till it closed on account of an upstairs hearth in 2018. The revival of Jacob Wirth – slated to open in Q1 of 2024 – will carry a return of native and world brews, and a revamp of its culinary choices for a mixed menu of modernized German dishes and Boston bar favorites. 

Worldwide aptitude 

The South Finish will welcome two globally-inspired eating places in 2024. The primary is a contemporary Portuguese idea from Coda Restaurant Group (SRV, The Salty Pig, and Gufo) referred to as Baleia, that may supply dishes like Piri Piri Rooster, Lamb Shank Tagine and Pork and Seafood Stew on the base of The Troy Constructing beginning in January.

Xenia Greek Hospitality (behind Krasi, Bar Vlaha) will even transfer in to the South Finish come the spring with a brand new strategy to Greek delicacies as they proceed to make Boston residence to one of the crucial thrilling Greek eating scenes within the nation. Aptly named Kaia (pure earth and sea), the restaurant’s menu can pay respect to what these parts have already perfected. 

Throughout the bridge in Cambridge, Will Gilson (Puritan & Co., Cafe Beatrice) is planning a brand new fusion of fast-casual Mediterranean and rotisserie rooster on First Avenue set to debut in March 2024.

Expansions

This previous 12 months noticed an inflow of out-of-towners opening flagships and a number of places all through the town and that doesn’t appear to be slowing down in 2024.

Potato pizza at Sally’s Apizza. – Courtesy

New Haven pizza-icon, Sally’s Apizza opened their first location exterior of Connecticut in Woburn in mid-December, and within the second half of 2024 will open a brand new flagship location within the Seaport. 

Cambridge’s famend udon hotspot, Yume Ga Arukara, can also be opening their second location within the Seaport within the first month of the New 12 months. Celebrated for his or her cold and warm udon noodle bowls, the brand new location will characteristic a number of distinctive appetizers and sake served at dinner, whereas lunch will stay a fast grab-and-go operation. 

Chinatown will welcome Boston’s first all-you-can-eat (AYCE) wagyu beef idea in early 2024 (late January or early February): Mikiya is a nationwide Shabu eatery with places in Texas, California and Las Vegas, providing a modern Asian inside with a menu to match.

Come September, Bosse Pickleball will open their second outpost at Natick Mall. The 90,000-square-foot facility will characteristic the most important indoor pickleball complicated within the state because it takes over the previous Neiman Marcus property, whereas providing social facilities together with 4 eating places and personal occasion areas.

Lengthy-awaited 

A couple of 2023 openings have been pushed to early 2024, which additional builds the anticipation behind their grand introductions. XOXO Sushi by chef Keegan Stritchko (previously of Uni and Fats Child Sushi) will open in March 2024 throughout from the Shoppes at Chestnut Hill. Diners can count on up to date new American-Japanese delicacies with a rotating chef’s omakase menu. The restaurant will remedy its personal fish in-house in addition to dry-age its beef for an elevated eating expertise.


  • An elevated Thai dive bar, Merai, will open in Brookline

Chef Jason Santos will lastly unveil ButterBird, his all-day, fast-casual idea in Arsenal Yards, come July 2024. Santos reinvents his signature biscuits because the foundations for mouthwatering breakfast sandwiches whereas gadgets like fried rooster sandwiches and seasonal salads leap out on the lunch menu.

Sister restaurant to Thai-favorite Mahaniyom, the brand new Merai was slated to open in late 2023 however will now satiate in early 2024. The Brookline Village restaurant will incorporate Thai flavors into quite a lot of cuisines for an ultra-unique menu. This extends to its bar program as Merai is a Thai phrase in reference to alcohol, so there’ll be distinct flavors and shows used for his or her cocktails, too. 

Resort hotspots

Over in Everett, Seamark Seafood is slated to open within the former Sinatra house at Encore Boston Harbor Resort and On line casino in April. Helmed by Carver Street Hospitality, their inaugural seafood spot will supply a signature pier-to-plate idea that presents the freshest obtainable cold-water fish, lobster and shellfish. The multi-faceted house is anchored by an 82-seat eating room, with a 30-seat alcove eating space, 41-seat showcase bar and lounge in addition to a 34-seat alfresco terrace, 21-seat hall terrace and 16-seat personal eating room.

The crew behind Commerce, Porto, Saloniki and The Venetian will open their latest enterprise within the spring: La Padrona at Raffles Again Bay. The Italian restaurant was designed to move visitors from the Again Bay neighborhood of Boston to a custom-designed Grand Italian villa. Chef Jody Adams and Govt Chef Amarilys Colon will delight with their interpretations of conventional Italian delicacies, counting on substances sourced immediately from Italy (like salumi and artisan cheeses) and round New England (produce and seafood) to sew in native aptitude. All pastas will probably be house-made, and the dishes will span all the nation, from northern Piedmont to the islands of Sicily.

New and mysterious 

Whereas a few of Boston’s hottest openings have been forthcoming with launch particulars, others have been barely extra discreet as they prepare last options. Although we don’t know all the particularities, we’re wanting to study extra about Garrett Harker’s fourth idea that may be a part of his reopened Jap Normal and new All That Fish + Oyster at The Bower in Fenway. MAZI Meals Group (Ilona South Finish, KAVA-Neo Taverna and Gigi South Finish) will even reveal a fourth idea within the spring. Followers of Sarah Wade (behind Stillwater and Sloane’s) will need to regulate her anticipated new spot at 745 Atlantic Ave. slate for summer season 2024. And eventually, Jamaica Plain ought to see a brand new Mexican restaurant within the former El Oriental de Cuba house, with whisperings of Abuela’s Desk by chef Adolfo Alvarado set to interchange it.