Some have opened while others are on the cusp of showing Boston what they have got. With Oak + Rowan‘s debut this week in the Fort Point Channel and Buttermilk and Bourbon setting up shop soon in Back Bay and Mastro’s soon making a name for itself on the Fan Pier, Boston certainly has a lot to be excited about when it comes to new dining destinations. Here’s a look at five of the most highly anticipated restaurant openings this season.
1 Aceituna Grill
The Seaport District is gaining a new Mediterranean addition soon featuring everything from vegan falafel to shawarma chicken. Rice plates, salads and roll ups are paired up with hummus, Greek salad, baba ganoush, tabbouleh and moussaka. Be sure to save some room for a sweet sampling of flaky baklava. There is a second location in Kendall Square, Cambridge.
57 Boston Wharf Road Boston, MA 02210
Chef Ken Tominaga, Chef Michael Mina and MINA GROUP have rolled into town with the recent opening of PABU, a modern Izakaya-style restaurant located on the second floor of the Millennium Tower in downtown Boston. The menu features hot and cold shared dishes (think ahi tuna poke, Kaiso seaweed salad, spicy edamame and seared Hudson Valley foie gras) along with specialty sushi rolls filled with shrimp tempura, avocado, spicy tuna, and furikake.
3 Franklin Street Boston, MA 02110
3 La Casa de Pedro
Also in the Seaport District, La Casa de Pedro offers diners a traditional taste of Latin American fare. Chef/owner Pedro Alarcón features dishes from his native Venezuela like 13 different types of ceviche, South American small plate favorites (sauteed skirt steak; fish tacos; fried yuca; griddled Venezuelan cheese and cod fritters with garlic aioli). Try one of Venezuela's traditional dishes like the grilled steak with chorizo and chimichhurri or the rotisserie half chicken "bathed" with cilantro served with black bean rice. Finish it off with some warm bread pudding, Venezuelan style rice pudding or creamy flan topped with caramel sauce.
505 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210
4 Glass House
The wait is now over for the opening of Glass House in Kendall Square as the American restaurant opened its doors earlier this week. Glass House is the newest concept for The Briar Group, which owns numerous restaurants across the city, including Gather, City Table and Anthem Kitchen + Bar. From shared plates to more than 20 beers on tap, the 6,500 square foot restaurant’s name pays homage to its neighborhood, once known as the center of the nation’s glass-making industry while its innovative design reflects the area’s focus on discovery.
450 Kendall Street Cambridge, MA 02142
When we heard Mary Dumont, former executive chef of Harvest in Cambridge, had gone out on her own, we couldn't wait to hear where she would land. Meet Cultivar, her new soon-to-open concept at the Ames Hotel located near Government Center. We loved Dumont’s creativity at Harvest where her artfully presented dishes always reflected some of the season’s best vegetables.
1 Court Street Boston, MA 02108