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NEW RESTAURANTS IN BOSTON
The Yvonne’s team will open contemporary Peruvian restaurant RUKA in The Godfrey Hotel Boston in December 2016. Expect food and cocktails that will also emphasize the influence of Japanese “nikkei” and Chinese “chifa” cuisines. RUKA, The Godfrey Hotel Boston, 505 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-804-2000 .
Harvard Square welcomes the Mediterranean-inspired En Boca wine bar, sister restaurant to Irish pubs The Asgard in Central Square and The Kinsale in Government Center. Taking over the Sandrine’s bistro space, En Boca has a mid-century meets modern décor, with booths and rich woodwork. Inspired by Turkey, Lebanon, Spain, Morocco and the Middle East, dishes include sharable platters of aged meat and farmstead cheeses, and wood-grilled hanger steak with Vidalia onion, bone marrow and salsa verde, while padron peppers with romesco crumb are among the small bites. A 17-seat bar features several wines from an Enomatic fine wine preservation system, along with craft beers on tap and seasonal cocktails such as the Crimson Crush, cherry cedar-infused rye with spiced honey syrup and draft cider. There’s also a 36-seat private dining room. En Boca, 8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 857-259-6321.
Chef Jody Adams, whose Rialto restaurant closed in June 2016, has opened Porto. This seafood spot in the Back Bay draws inspiration from the Mediterranean. Porto, Ring Road, Boston, MA 02199, 617-536-1234.
Bostonians will have the chance to stock up on artisanal pastas, San Marzano tomatoes, Ligurian olive oil and more when Eataly opens at the Prudential Center in Winter 2016. Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s Italian market and food court also has locations in New York and Chicago. Eataly, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, no phone.
Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge Offers Brunch & Supper Club
Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge has introduced Sunday brunch, offered from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Executive chef Peter Quinion’s menu includes twists on standard eggs and home fries along with options like grapefruit brûlée, avocado and mint; potato griddle cake with cured salmon, guacamole and spiced tomato chutney; and french toast brioche with fruit compote. Parsnip also hosts a supper club on the first Thursday of every month. Following a reception, guests enjoy a five-course examination of a single ingredient. A recent dinner emphasized mushrooms. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Supper club tickets are $85 for dinner with an additional $35 for the optional wine pairing. Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-714-3206.
Pabu Boston Happy Hour
Pabu Boston, a new izakaya-style dining spot, presents an approachable way to taste what chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga create with its happy hour menu. All priced under $8, dishes include kaiso seaweed salad with sesame dressing; hand rolls of spicy tuna, salmon, scallop, hamachi or negihama; spare ribs with chili glaze and scallion; and robata skewers. While Pabu has a high-end variety of saké and Japanese whisky, it always also offers a more affordable selection of saké, beer, wine and Japanese chuhai cocktails. Happy hour is in the bar and lounge every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pabu Boston, Millennium Tower Boston, 3 Franklin St., Boston, MA 02110, 857-327-7228.
Monday Night Pasta Flight at Terramia
When you can’t decide what kind of pasta you want, why not pick three? Terramia in the North End is offering a Monday Night Pasta Flight. Pick spaghetti, gnocchi, pappardelle or risotto, sauces and add-ins for dishes such as rigatoni con salsiccia with sausage and broccoli rabe; spaghetti alla carbonara; and pappardelle alla bolognese. Offered on Mondays; cost is $25 per person. Terramia, 98 Salem St., Boston, MA 02113, 617-523-3112.
Elephant Walk in South End Launches Bar Menu
The Elephant Walk chef/owner Nadsa de Monteiro puts her spin on bar snacks Monday to Friday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., including a PT Farm hamburger with tomato-onion chutney and spicy mayo on a brioche bun, a deep-fried hot dog topped with a cooked tomato cumin relish, Cambodian Sloppy Joes featuring ground pork in a sweet garlic peanut coconut sauce, and sweet and spicy pork sandwich with sliced pork tenderloin in a spicy hosin-sesame-ginger sauce, and grilled corn on the cobb with coconut scallion gravy. Pair these with some refreshing cocktails from their recently updated summer cocktail menu, such as a pear martini with Grey Goose Poire, St. Germain liqueur, and a splash of fresh lemon juice, or a ginger-lemon martini with citrus vodka, Canton Ginger liqueur and lemon juice. The Elephant Walk, 1415 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-247-1500.
Executive chef/owner Keith Pooler has welcomed Alex Saenz as chef de cuisine at BISq Restaurant, located in Cambridge’s Inman Square. After years of experience working in local kitchens and having just returned from his hometown of Charleston, S.C., Saenz looks to blend Southern food with New England-style cooking. A new upcoming option includes buckets of fried chicken on Game Night Mondays. A native of Peru, Saenz has also worked at LiNEaGe, the Provincetown outpost of Ten Tables, Straight Wharf and Great Bay. BISq Restaurant, 1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-714-3693.
Erika Rosario has stepped in as head chef at The Regal Beagle in Brookline. The Regal Beagle, 308 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446, 617-739-5151.
BOSTON RESTAURANT CLOSINGS
Fire + Ice in Cambridge has shuttered. Fire + Ice, 50 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138, no phone.
Todd English's Beacon Hill pizzeria Figs is closed following a fire. Figs, 42 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114, 617-742-3447.
Piattini Wine Cafe is temporarily closed while fire damages in the building are repaired. Piattini Wine Cafe, 226 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-536-2020.