Hungry for news? Tap into what's happening with new restaurants, find out what your fave chefs are up to, and learn everything else you need to know on the Boston food landscape.
NEW RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON
Waxy's Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen takes Irish pub fare to new heights at their latest location near Fenway Park. Here, you can sip on a draft Irish red ale while snacking on a Scotch egg and some not-so-traditional wings covered in a sweet sea salt and caramel glaze. Main events not to be missed are cider-glazed salmon, a juicy club-cut sirloin with Guinness demi, and one of the best shepherd's pies in town made with ground lamb, peas and carrots topped with mashed fingerling potatoes. Waxy's Modern Irish Bar + Kitchen, 1032 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446, no phone.
Flank brings back the beefsteak concept to Waltham, where Prohibition-style cocktails wash down massive cuts of hanger, porterhouse, New York strip and long-bone tomahawk steaks. Family-style sides include roasted sweet onions, stuffed mushrooms and a five-blend steakhouse mac and cheese. Dinner nightly. Flank, 74 Tower Rd., Waltham, MA 02451, 781-893-5265.
Juliet is now open in Union Square and features grab-and-go items like breakfast tacos, egg sandwiches and omelets along with soups, salads and charcuterie, banh mi, and a lobster roll for a late lunch/early dinner. The menu is brought to you by Joshua Lewin and Katrina Jazayeri and includes take-out, sit-down and full-service options. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily. Juliet, 257 Washington St., Somerville, MA 02143, 617-781-0958.
Outlook Kitchen and Bar is now open inside the Envoy Hotel in Boston's Seaport District. This chic restaurant features dishes prepared by executive chef David Verdo including Thai spiced lamb belly, shrimp tempura, Northern Atlantic halibut and Moulard duck breast. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Outlook Kitchen and Bar, The Envoy Hotel, 70 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-338-3030.
The long-awaited Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana opened at The Mall at Chestnut Hill in December. The New Haven-originated, coal-fired pizzeria moved into the former space of Papa Razzi. In addition to the regional chain's original tomato pies, try spinach, mushroom and Gorgonzola or the famous white clam pizza. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, 199 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, 617-964-7373.
Alta Strada Expands to Washington, DC
Michael Schlow opened his third Alta Strada in Washington, DC (the original is in Wellesley with a second at Foxwoods Resort in Connecticut). The 75-seat restaurant will open a crudo bar next month. Dishes here include grilled octopus with chickpeas, Calabrian chiles and lemon; an authentic version of tagliatelle Bolognese (which Schlow learned in Bologna); maltagliati with rabbit and fresh fava beans, and pollo al mattone. Alta Strada, 92 Central St., Wellesley, MA 02482, 781-237-6100.
Ocean Prime Now offers Live Music Thursday, Friday & Saturday Nights
Ocean Prime now offers live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in the OP Lounge. Patio season is almost here so you can come here and enjoy a drink before heading outside for dinner al fresco on the 24-seat outdoor dining area. Don't worry, they have heaters out there for those cool New England nights. Ocean Prime, 140 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210, 617-670-1345.
Tico Brings Back the Schlow Burger to its Late-night Menu
Michael Schlow is bringing back the Schlow Burger to Tico's late-night menu. The burger made a name for itself on the menu at his former restaurant Radius with its seasoned patty topped with sharp Vermont cheddar, crispy onion strings and creamy horseradish sauce. The Schlow burger is available on the late-night menu (from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.). Tico, 222 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-351-0400.
Chef Brendan Pelley's Greek Pelekasis at Wink & Nod
Chef Brendan Pelley has taken residence at Boston Nightlife Ventures’ Wink & Nod with his modern Greek concept Pelekasis. Wink & Nod operates a culinary program where a new restaurant group is invited to run the kitchen and experiment with dishes. Pelley is a “Hell’s Kitchen” alum and is the former executive chef of Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar in Medfield. His menu at Wink & Nod includes one-hundred layer spanakopita, rooster giouvetsi, wild boar keftedes, and molten kefalograviera cheese. Boston Nightlife Ventures corporate beverage director Michael Boughton has added some new drinks to the beverage menu to include a variety of Greek wines, ouzo, metaxa, tsipouro, retsina and raki. Wink & Nod, 3 Appleton St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-482-0117.
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar launches Taco Tuesdays
Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar launches Taco Tuesdays where diners can enjoy four versions of a four-inch single taco from 5 p.m. on. Samplings include the avocado taco (curtido, jalapeno herb crema, crispy Brussels sprouts, spiced pumpkin seeds) $2, Cola Pork Carnitas Taco (griddled onions, charred orange and pineapple salsa, pickled fresno peppers and crispy tortilla chips) $3, root beer braised chicken (morita spiced carrot puree, pickled mango salsa, chile de arbol, crispy tortilla strips) $3, and Baja fried fish (charred jalapeno and pineapple aioli, pickled cabbage and avocado) $3.50. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 412 W. Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127, 617-917-5626.
Sunday Family Suppers with Live Jazz at il Casale
Sunday family suppers complete with live jazz take place at il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar. The Lexington property is the sibling of the Belmont restaurant owned and operated by chef Dante de Magistris and brothers Filippo and Damian. The restaurant offers a tour of the Campania region, where the de Magistris family traces its heritage, with sfizi "shareable little bites," homemade pasta, arancini and braised beef. il Casale Cucina Campana + Bar, 1727 Mass Ave., Lexington, MA 02420, 781-538-5846.
Michael Leviton's last day at Lumiere was Saturday, February 27, but the restaurant will not be closing. The chef/owner's last night featured a celebration of his favorite dishes and some of the most popular dishes he has been serving up to diners for the past 17 years. Lumiere, 1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465, 617-244-9199.
Shaun Velez is now the pastry chef at Deuxave Restaurant & Bar, coming to Boston from chef Daniel Boulud’s flagship restaurant, Daniel. He has revamped the dessert menu here to include Meyer lemon Vacherin, with Meyer lemon sorbetti, black pepper Chantilly, red currant gelee and matcha paper; and Baba au Calvados, with a ginger biscuit and orange cream with quince glace. Deuxave Restaurant & Bar, 371 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, 617-517-5915.
Stefan Jarausch is now the executive chef at the Top of the Hub. He comes to the restaurant from Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel where he oversaw the development and transformation of the Oak Long Bar & Kitchen. He also helped launch Seasons 52 in Burlington where he served as executive chef/partner. Top of the Hub, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-536-1775.
BOSTON RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Johnny D's Uptown closed March 2016. The space, which has been a landmark in Davis Square since 1969, will be transformed into mixed-use commercial/residential space. Johnny D's Uptown, 17 Holland St., Somerville, MA 02144, no phone.
To celebrate the restaurant's 19th year in business, Aquitaine closed on February 21, 2016, to undergo a massive revitalization project. It will reopen in May with a new look, revamped interior and some menu additions. Aquitaine, 569 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-424-8577.