Along with the new year comes much anticipated restaurant openings and that’s what we are celebrating here in Boston right now. From Peruvian-Asian fusion inside a Downtown Crossing hotel to a Spanish-Japanese influenced newbie in Central Square, there are many reasons to head out on the town. Here is a look at five must-try restaurants this month.
The Godfrey Hotel is shaking things up a bit in Downtown Crossing. The urban chic property promises to bring "peace" to its welcoming modern space, so it's no wonder they were looking to open an on-site restaurant they knew would stand out from the rest. Enter RUKA, a Peruvian-Asian fusion restaurant that features the unique flavors of Nikkei (Japanese) and Chifa (Chinese) cuisines.
505 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111
If you want to get into one of the newest restaurants in town, head over to PAGU in Central Square Cambridge, which has been open less than a week. It is the first solo restaurant from Chef Tracy Chang, who became known to the city after making a name for herself at o ya. At PAGU, she combines Spanish and Japanese influences, so on the menu, expect to find dishes like Squid Ink Oyster Bao, Croquetas de Curry, Smoky Cheese Wafflato and Childhood Fried Rice, the first dish she learned to cook with her family.
310 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139
This Italian gift brought to us by chef/owner Douglass Williams takes traditional cuisine to a new level. Think crispy duck wings, roasted bone marrow and caponata toast to start. Then move onto a bowl of handmade pasta (ricotta gnocchi with mustard greens and sunchoke or saffron linguini di mare perhaps?) before indulging in roasted striped bass, grilled beef collette or whole roasted parsnip and Spanish octopus. Be sure to save some room for the citrus-poppyseed cake or an indulgent cheese tasting.
782 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118
Chef Michael Scelfo became a household name when he opened Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square. His latest venture, Waypoint, also located in Harvard Square, offers a seafood-centric menu. The raw bar features several standouts like the smoked and salted peel-and-eat shrimp, daily selection of crudo along with Belgian and Israeli caviar. If you are just stopping by for a cocktail and snacks, don't miss the crab French fries or steak tartare with three-minute egg. The popular roasts for two or three guests include whole roasted branzino, a 20-ounce ribeye with marrow bones and Maine lamb shoulder. The cinnamon sugar donuts are the best way to end your experience here.
1030 Mass Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138
5 City Tap House
Sure, you will find 60 beers on tap and another 40 available by the bottle, but there's more to this haute spot than meets the eye. The former MLB home to the Boston Beaneaters turned sheet metal warehouse has now been transformed into a sleek new space in the Fort Point Channel neighborhood. It is now open for dinner, but will be debuting brunch this weekend and lunch to follow on January 23. For now, you'll just have to enjoy foie gras mousse, Korean short rib tacos, a grilled ribeye and maple brined pork chop. For brunch this weekend, expect to find the Big Chick (a southern fried chicken breast with sausage gravy), roast pork confit hash with poached eggs and a hearty brewer's breakfast complete with crisp potatoes.
10 Boston Wharf Road Boston, MA 02210