If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in Boston, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we check out each spot, we’ll add a note so you know where to read more about it - in our Hit List.
There’s a new ’70s-style cocktail lounge in the Fenway. It’s actually located inside of Hojoko, but has an entirely different (though still Japanese) menu with things like tortilla chips topped with torched hamachi and Hello Kitty Caviar service - whatever that means.
Red White is a new place to get fast-casual bowls on Newbury Street. If you think we’ve been getting a lot of those lately, you’re right, but this one’s a little different with its meatless, Japanese menu.
We’ll never complain about more Vietnamese noodle and pho places opening up. This one’s on Comm Ave in Brighton.
East Boston has a new neighborhood tavern brought to you by the same people behind The Gallows in the South End. Like The Gallows, it has a menu of burgers and whiskey, but the real reason we want to go there is the shuffleboard table.
There’s a new restaurant in the North End and, you’re not going to believe this, but it’s Italian. This one promises to focus on lesser-known pasta shapes. Shapes are fun.
Jack’s Abbey Brewery opened a tiny bar inside North Station. If you’re commuting to the North Shore, this might become a regular stop on your way home.
A self-proclaimed “crazy Indian” restaurant opened downtown, claiming to make the only samosa burger in the country. It’s safe to say we will be trying that.
Union Square has a new place for North Indian food, and it promises to source its vegetables from the Union Square farmer’s market this summer.
We don’t know much about this Cuban place that started in Waltham and just opened up a second location in Porter Square. But we do know that the drinks are made by the people from Backbar in Somerville - one of the best cocktail bars around - so we’ll be checking it out ASAP.
If you haven’t been to a library since you took your last final exam and then broke all your pencils in celebration, now you have a new reason to go to one. A cocktail bar and tea lounge just opened up in the main branch of the BPL in Copley Square.
You can get a lot of things to eat in the Fenway, but until this place opened up, vegan ice cream wasn’t really been one of them.
The Night Shift brewery in industrial Everett has always been a great place. Unfortunately, there’s that whole “industrial Everett” part about it that makes it pretty hard to get to without some serious navigational chops and a hazmat suit. But now they’ve opened up a location right near the Garden, and it promises to have an actual food menu, too.
It’s a little bakery and cafe in the West End that makes popovers and “New England baked goods,” which must be, like, cakes with Gronk’s face on it or something.
This new spot downtown calls itself a European-style food hall, but it looks like a regular old restaurant. Maybe it smokes a lot and has government subsidized healthcare or something?
There’s a new Blackbird in Brighton, and it’s apparently a giant space where they’re going to make most of the doughnuts for their other locations. In other words, Brighton is making a push to be Boston’s best smelling neighborhood.
Seeing a food truck turn into a real restaurant is emotional, like watching your first child graduate from kindergarten. Try to keep yourself together with the opening of this new Mediterranean spot that used to be a food truck in the fenway
The second location of a burger spot people in Beverly really love just opened up on Causeway Street by the Garden. Let’s find out if people in Beverly know anything about burgers.
When did we decide that the word “bowls” can be used to describe an entire genre of food? Seems like we should’ve had some kind of vote on that. Regardless, Boston just got it’s first location of a chain that’s been selling all sorts of colorful, bowls of healthy food up and down the East Coast. It’s in Brighton by BC.
Chilicates, a casual taco and burrito spot that started in JP, is producing offspring faster than Mick Jagger. It opened three new spots in February alone: Chestnut Hill, Mission Hill, and the South End.
Rozzie Square has a new coffee shop called The Square Root. It has a small menu of pastries and sandwiches and, more importantly, beer and wine. More coffee shops should have beer and wine.
Audubon Circle has a new casual option for big bowls of Japanese noodles. We’ll never say no to a big bowl of Japanese noodles.
Who doesn’t love a fancy grocery store that also serves fancy food? American Provisions in Southie has long been a great spot for good sandwiches to go with their specialty foods and craft beer. Now Dorchester has a location, too.
This new wine bar on Newbury is dedicated exclusively to wines from France, and it has a small menu of bar bites, too.
Serafina is a small, high-end Italian chain that likes to be in fancy neighborhoods: Midtown Manhattan, the Upper West Side, Downtown Boston, and, now, Newbury Street.
Super 88 in Allston is a magical place filled with specialty Asian groceries and food stalls. Isshido Ramen is the latest addition.
Kenmore Square’s newest restaurant is a modern Vietnamese spot, and since there are still plenty of dreary days ahead before Spring comes, pho seems like a good idea.
Two things the city can never have too much of: championship parades and places to enjoy a glass of wine and oysters. The team behind Frenchie in the South End probably doesn’t have enough height to make the NBA playoffs this spring, so they’re helping out in the other area by opening a new spot in Porter Square.
You wouldn’t guess that a restaurant called the Fox & The Knife would be Italian, but that’s the case at this spot that just opened near the Broadway T stop in Southie. It’s apparently all homemade pasta, too.
The bizarre Truman Show-esque neighborhood of Assembly Row now has an Italian restaurant. This doesn’t have anything to do with the restaurant, but how come no one talks about The Truman Show anymore? Laura Linney was luminous and it still holds up.
Milk Bar is one of the most popular bakeries in America, known for its cereal milk ice cream. &pizza is a pizza place that thinks it can get away with breaking whatever grammar rules it wants. They’re under the same roof now, and this place is responsible for the biggest line in Harvard Square since George W. Bush was partying there.
There are a lot of kitschy North End restaurants with red-checked tablecloths and meatballs, but as far as we can tell, Tony & Elaine’s is the only one that also has a picture of a sports car on the wall.
Cambridge has a new option for Sichuan food now that this Chinatown spot opened a new location in Central Square.
If you just quit your job, packed your bags, and starting driving a UHaul to San Diego because you could no longer stand living in a city that doesn’t have a communal Italian restaurant run by a former sports broadcaster, then turn yourself right around right now, because Table by Jen Royale opened up on Hanover Street in the North End.
One of the things that makes Boston the smartest city in America is that we named one of our most prominent bridges after a lyric poet. We’re not sure what it says about us that we’re now also naming cocktail bars after that lyric poet’s significantly lesser-known architect nephew, but we’ll check out this spot in Harvard Square and try to figure it out.
Blake’s is a homey pub/tavern type place steps away from the Garden, and it has a “liquor bar.” That kinda just seems like a regular bar, but we don’t get paid to name these things.
This is the fourth US location of a big Chinese chain and it just opened up in Chinatown. One of the other three US locations is in Tom Brady’s hometown of San Mateo, California, so maybe they’re just expanding to everywhere he lives. If so, the next location will be in Roger Goodell’s head. (Zing!)
Located in between Harvard and Porter Squares, Luce is a small Italian restaurant that serves grilled head-on shrimp, so go there and get your shellfish on.
This taproom in Davis Square has about 40 beers on tap and a mug club, along with a menu of bar food like kung pao duck drumette, nachos, and sandwiches.
Tradesman is currently just a coffee shop, but the liquor license is apparently coming, so it’ll eventually be a lounge too.
No Relation is an omakase counter hidden inside of Shore Leave, a tiki bar in the South End, which itself is kind of hidden. Joke’s on them, we found it anyway.
We may finally be getting a decent restaurant near Symphony Hall. It’s too bad that this tavern/brasserie is opening just as the Pops’ Christmas season ends, leaving most of us without a reason to go there for the next 11 months.
There’s no such thing as too many sushi restaurants, especially ones that look like they provide high quality fish at a moderate price point, like this one in Cleveland Circle.
Xi’an Rougamo is a counter-serve noodle spot in the Corner Mall food court in Downtown Crossing that has a very spicy menu.
Yet another tiny little Bow Market spot we’re really excited about, Tanam serves Filipino food.
This new spot in Central Square serves Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese food under the same roof.
Forcella is a new upscale Italian restaurant in the North End that serves lots of pasta, meat dishes, and lobster bisque.
This spot near Porter square has 24 different kinds of chicken wings. Without having even tried any, we’re here to let you know that the Buffalo wings are obviously the best.
In Season Food Shop is a grocery store in Bow Market, but also maybe a restaurant? That’s what they claim anyway, and they also claim to serve bowls, salads, and soups made from New England ingredients for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
It seems that a lot of people really like eating seafood that comes in bags, because this place just opened its third Boston location. This one is in Coolidge Corner.
And don’t worry, Roslindale, you get your own seafood-in-a-bag spot, too. Shaking Seafood just opened up right in Rozzie Square.
PA’s Lounge was a grimy, cash-only spot in Union Square with bad service and mostly crappy live music, and we loved it. Union Tavern has taken over the space and apparently cleaned it up. We’ll see.
This fast-casual transplant from California is covered in murals and located in Copley Place. It kind of looks like Dig Inn’s rich cousin who summers on the Vineyard.
You’re not paranoid: fast-casual Mediterranean places really are slowly taking over the world. Location number three of this rice bowl spot is now open in the Financial District.
A Downtown spot known for its meaty sandwiches and poutine just opened a sister location in Bow Market in Somerville, and it’s vegetable-focused.
You’ve seen stories about it on every local news channel and it’s finally here: a place to drink and throw axes at the same time. Merry Christmas, personal injury lawyers of Somerville.
Caffe Aromi is a new coffee shop with pastries and sandwiches in the Hyde Square section of JP. We haven’t been yet, but since it’s a coffee shop in JP, it’s probably already packed.
Country Mile is a tiny spot in Watertown that serves natural wine, changes it’s menu frequently, and uses the word “farm” a lot.
We’ve already been (check out the South End guide) and it’s great. Come for the fruity drinks, southeast Asian bar food, and atmosphere that gives you just enough tiki without looking like a theme park.
Kamakura is a multi-level Japanese restaurant near Faneuil Hall that offers an afternoon matcha tea time on one of those levels.
The South End has a new slice joint. Slice joints in general are always welcome, but it looks like this place is kicking this up a notch with local farm-grown ingredients.
Love Art udon is a quick-serve Allston noodle shop that makes a bowl of clam chowder udon, so that’s something.
This is a bar that serves tacos (so it appears to be appropriately named), and it’s in the Seaport.
A new spot on the edge of Harvard Square that describes its food as “the best sushi in town.” That’s a big statement considering how close it is to Cafe Sushi, but we’ll give it a chance.