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Local Experts: Boston, Samantha DiMauro

By Local Expert Samantha DiMauro

Best New Restaurants in Boston 2014

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Liquid Art House

Liquid Art House

When this boundary-breaking restaurant opened its doors this May, every head in Boston turned to peer through the enormous arched windows for a glimpse at the debut exhibit of oversized street art. Fusing upscale fine dining with contemporary fine art, this restaurant-gallery inspires executive chef Rachel Klein’s playful menu, subtly enhanced by Asian spices and Eastern European influences. Before your reservation, order Hawthorne Bar veteran Dan Lynch’s cocktails at the glamorous center circle bar and munch on complimentary bar bites like chili-flecked caramel popcorn.

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Alden & Harlow

Alden & Harlow

After opening in the former space of Harvard Square dining landmark, Casablanca, this New American restaurant didn’t skip a beat. The newly expanded dining room, now able to accommodate 180 seats, features white subway tiles and shelves stocked with reclaimed goods (canned preserves; familiar cookbooks). Enjoy pickled green beans sprinkled with sesame seeds while perusing a menu of shareable small plates, like Verrill Farm asparagus, Pat Woodbury’s clams, and crispy Berkshire pork belly.

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Wink & Nod

Wink & Nod

With an entrance marked only by a friendly doorman, this secret South End craft cocktail speakeasy brings true Prohibition-era form to the modern age. In a unique collaboration with the same chefs behind former pop-up restaurant Whisk, the menu includes carry-over favorites, such as the black pasta with red miso and octopus. You won’t want to miss the new creations, either; try the yakitori-grilled quail placed in a mason jar infused with cherrywood smoke.

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Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Restaurant

Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Restaurant

While the pigtailed Roxy icon has been a familiar face to Bostonians for three years now, the famed local food truck’s permanent street-side set up is fresh on Allston’s neighborhood scene. In addition to serving mayo-drenched gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, you will find original takes on feel-good eats like burgers with truffle mayo or pimento cheeses, and poutine topped with gravy and curd. As always, you can add bacon to any dish. 

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Pastoral

Pastoral

One of the many new eateries adding flavor to the burgeoning Fort Point neighborhood, this authentic Neapolitan pizzeria stands out with an earthy, rustic charm. Go here for the late-night bar menu (served 11 p.m.–2 a.m.) for red wine blends on tap, and beer cocktails such as the Horseneck, made with Beefeater gin, pineapple, mango, and Harpoon IPA. Pair your pie with a variety of wood-fired garlic, mixed olive, or fennel sausage knots.


Visit the Best New Restaurants in 2014 Boston

Pastoral
345 Congress St (Fort Point), Boston, MA 02210, United States
8.5/10

People like this place

Pizza Place
1
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Restaurant
485 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02134, United States
7.9/10

People like this place

Sandwich Place
1
Wink & Nod
3 Appleton St, Boston, MA 02116, United States
8.9/10

People like this place

Cocktail Bar
3
Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle St (Church St), Cambridge, MA 02138, United States
9.1/10

People like this place

New American Restaurant
2
Liquid Art House
100 Arlington St (Stuart), Boston, MA 02116, United States
6.8/10

People like this place

New American Restaurant
3
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