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The 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue has been published! Boston restaurants honored include Menton on the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. and Puritan & Company on the Hot 25 Restaurants in the U.S.



Bar Boulud will open in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston Daniel Boulud is heading to Boston. The French chef will open Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston in Autumn 2014. Boulud Sud's opening chef, Aaron Chambers, will be running the kitchen. Bar Boulud already has locations in New York and London. Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, no phone.
Seth Greenberg's latest venture, Bastille Kitchen, has opened in the Fort Point Channel. The French bistro focuses on authentic fare with dishes prepared by The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common's former sous chef turned executive chef, Adam Kube. The menu features everything from escargots bathed in butter to flatbreads topped with beef tongue and prime skirt steak frites. Dinner nightly. Bastille Kitchen, 49 Melcher St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-556-8000.
Roger Berkowitz has taken over Todd English's kitchen at the former Olives space in Charlestown opening Legal Oysteria in its place. Part of the Legal's chain, this property has a unique take featuring Italian-style seafood with dishes like roasted clam pizza, salt cod crostini and ricotta fritters. Dinner nightly. Legal Oysteria, 10 City Square, Charlestown, MA 02129, 617-712-1988.
Del Frisco's Grille opened their second Massachusetts location in Burlington. Located across the street from the Burlington Mall, the restaurant takes a more casual approach to fine dining with appetizers like cheesesteak egg rolls and ahi tuna tacos. As for the steaks, you'll find the same quality beef as the main Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse at Liberty Wharf. Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sun. Del Frisco's Grille, 92 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803, 781-365-2005.
Executive chef Rachel Klein (of Aura and Asana fame) pairs food with art at Liquid Art House, introducing a new concept to Boston. The gallery-restaurant is located inside The Arlington in the South End and is a combo of a restaurant, art gallery and lounge. Dinner nightly. Liquid Art House, 100 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-457-8130.
Boston Nightlife Ventures has opened Wink & Nod in the former Noche space in the South End. The spot has been completely renovated and now is more reminiscent of a "craft cocktail speakeasy" with its loungy atmosphere, sumptuous couches and drinks named after musicians. As for the food, black pasta with baby octopus and super yaki served in a mason jar is the norm. Dinner nightly. Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-482-0117.
Legal Sea Foods has added another restaurant to its roster --- this one in Downtown Crossing. Located across the street from the Boston Opera House, the concept at Legal Crossing is similar to all Legal's --- fresh seafood in every form, including tempura mussels, cast iron seared calamari and lobster soup. Main dishes include citrus grey sole, rainbow trout almondine and everything tuna. Lunch & Dinner daily. Legal Crossing, 558 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-692-8888.

News Bytes

Aragosta Hosts Waterfront Lobster Bakes through September 1
Aragosta Bar + Bistro, located inside the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel, is hosting daily waterfront lobster bakes through September 1. Cooked on an open fire pit and served in a cast iron pot, the dinner features a one-pound lobster, clams, chorizo, corn on the cob, roasted fingerling potatoes and, of course, a side of drawn butter for dipping. A dessert of s'mores finishes off the authentic experience. Price is $45 per person and reservations are required. Aragosta Bar + Bistro, Fairmont Battery Wharf, 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109, 617-994-9001.
The Owners Behind o ya Will Open Hojoko at The Verb Hotel
Tim and Nancy Cushman, owners of o ya, will be opening their second Boston restaurant, named Hojoko, at The Verb Hotel near Fenway in the fall. The restaurant will take the form of a Japanese izakaya (gastropub) and is inside a former Howard Johnson hotel. Hojoko, 1271 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02111. o ya, 9 East St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-654-9900.
Lineage Launches Sunday Suppers
If you long for a traditional Sunday dinner, head to Lineage where you can feast on a rotating menu of dishes that will take you on a trip down memory lane. Hearty dinners include everything from roast beef tenderloin topped with a red wine sauce to lamb meatloaf and herb crusted pork loin. Reservations are recommended and dinners are held from 4 to 9 p.m. Lineage, 242 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446, 617-232-0065.
Boston Restaurant Week Returns
There is no easier (or cheaper) way to experience some of Boston's best restaurants than through Restaurant Week. Diners all over town can choose from a two-course lunch for $15.13, a three-course lunch for $20.13 or a three-course dinner for $38.13 from participating restaurants August 17-22 & 24-29, 2014. For more information, visit

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Chef Shuffle

Israel Medina was appointed executive chef of Bokx 109 at the Hotel Indigo in Newton. Medina had been the sous chef at the restaurant since 2009 and recently took over as executive chef when Stephen Coe left. (Former executive chef Stephen Coe is now at the recently opened Bistro & Wine Bar at the Mirbeau Inn and Spa in Plymouth). Dinner nightly. Bokx 109, Hotel Indigo, 399 Grove St., Newton, MA 02462, 617-454-3399.
Jaime Davis, previously the pastry chef at No. 9 Park, has joined the team at Deuxave Restaurant & Bar, the upscale neighborhood restaurant that focuses on contemporary French cuisine grounded in American sensibilities. Deuxave Restaurant & Bar, 371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, 617-517-5915.


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Hamersley's Bistro is slated to close at the end of October 2014 after 27 years being open in the South End. Owner Gordon Hamersley is planning to take some time off with his wife and write another cookbook. Hamersley's is best known for its famed roast chicken dish made with garlic, lemon and parsley. Hamersley's Bistro, 533 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-423-2700.
The Fireplace in Brookline is scheduled to close in December. Owner Jim Solomon is closing the restaurant to focus on his catering business. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is slated to take over the space and open a new place in 2015. The Fireplace, 1634 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02445, 617-975-1900.
After being open nearly a century, Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe on Columbus Avenue closed at the end of June. The South End restaurant hosted many famous faces over the years, including President Obama. Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe, 429 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA 02116, no phone. is an invitation-only site featuring the area’s top chefs and their cuisine via a portfolio of color photos of the chef’s signature dishes, a chef bio and picture, restaurant menus etc. Check out e-licious, their semi-monthly email newsletter. They also feature lots of restaurant job postings!

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Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.

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