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 Aquitaine Group closed Union Bar & Grille and transformed the space into La Motta's Italian Specialties. The Bronx-style, Italian-American concept features everything from baked clams, mozzarella sticks and different styles of meatballs to chopped salad, chicken Parmesan, lasagna, shrimp scampi and “Bronx-style” thin crust pizza. La Motta's Italian Specialties, 1357 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-338-5300.
The long-awaited Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana will open at The Mall at Chestnut Hill in December 2015. The New Haven-originated, coal-fired pizzeria moves 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.
Sure, you can go anywhere in Boston for pizza and a beer, but there is only one place in Charlestown that stands out for its wood-fired pies and impressive beer selection. Brewer's Fork delivers not-your-average pub fare in a comfortable setting. On the menu, you will find cured raw beef salad, Downeast mussels simmered with cider and apples, clam and bacon wood-fired pizza and oven roasted meatballs with sheep's milk cheese. Lunch & Dinner daily, Sun. brunch.
South Boston newcomer Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar has already made a name for itself with its crazy good tequila selection, tacos and Mexican-inspired dishes. While fresh oysters on the half shell and puffed nachos with braised chicken may seem an unusual combination, it all seems to work here. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat. & Sun. Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 412 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127, 617-917-LOCO.
Sfizi has taken over the former Mare space in the North End. Frank DePasquale's concept focuses on Mediterranean small plates with dishes from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey and France. Menu items include Italian arancini stuffed with pulled rib meat and saffron rice, Portuguese grilled octopus with giant lima beans, Turkish chicken skewers and Spanish jumbo prawns sauteed with garlic, white wine and chili flakes. Sfizi, 135 Richmond St., Boston, MA 02109, 857-350-3105.
Michael Schlow has transformed his former Italian restaurant, Via Matta, into a Greek-inspired concept known as Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar. The interior here has been refashioned complete with a center bar, expanded patio and massive wall hand-painted by Schlow's wife, Adrienne. Dinner nightly. Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar, 79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, 617-422-0008.
Bostonians have all been waiting for the opening of the restaurant that would take over the former Locke Ober space near Downtown Crossing. That time has finally come. Introducing Yvonne's, a modern take on the supper club concept. Dinner nightly. Yvonne's, 2 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108, 617-267-0047.
Menton has unveiled the Gold Bar, a more casual sibling of the restaurant, featuring handcrafted cocktails and small bites. Belly up to the Giallo Siena Italian marble-topped bar, and sip on a chartreuse milk punch made with lemon and whey while snacking on a foie gras frankfurter or a petite jamon sandwich topped with a quail egg. Menton, 354 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-737-0099.
Kenmore Square received a new addition when Josephine, Restaurant Parisien opened in the former Petit Robert Bistro space. The renovated restaurant features casual chic French fare including Gallic delicacies like Nage de Coquilles (mussels, clams, coconut and lemongrass broth), Gambas Poêlées (pan-seared shrimp, marinated leek fondue, truffle emulsion) and Kale Croquant (crunchy kale salad with raisins and honeyed Roquefort dressing). Save room for the Tahitian vanilla crème brûlée or the strawberry Earl Grey tart. Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat. & Sun. Josephine, Restaurant Parisien, 468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, 617-375-0699.
Mario Batali has finally come to Boston, and we couldn't be happier. The long-awaited Babbo Pizzeria --- brought to us by the famous New York chef --- has opened at the Seaport District's Fan Pier. The menu focuses on Italian favorites like ricotta calzones, meatball pizzas and spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, as well as some unique finds like crispy duck leg agrodolce, oxtail gnocchi and sweet pea agnolotti. Babbo Pizzeria, 11 Fan Pier Blvd., Boston, MA 02210, 617-421-4466.
Beat Brasserie Hosts Third Annual Santa Brunch on December 12
Santa is coming to Beat Brasserie on December 12 for the third annual Santa jazz brunch. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., diners can nosh on dishes like wildflower lemon and honey pancakes, short rib eggs Benedict and a Greek kale salad bowl. Reservations are recommended. Regular brunch pricing will be available, and there is no cover charge. Beat Brasserie, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-499-0001.
Harvest Celebrates its 40th Anniversary in November
Throughout the month of November, Harvest is hosting a celebration in honor of its 40th anniversary. The restaurant has introduced a special anniversary tasting menu (available in three- or six-course options with pairings), along with a "throwback cocktail" served at a 1970s price. Harvest, 44 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-868-2255.
$1 Oysters at Russell House Tavern
Russell House Tavern offers $1 oysters every night after 11 p.m. The rotating selection might feature local East Coast favorites like Island Creek, Wellfleet, First Lights, Northern Cross and Moon Shoals, as well as some West Coast oysters like Kusshi, Hama Hama and more. Russell House Tavern, 14 JFK St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-500-3055.
Loyal Nine Adds Sunday Brunch
Loyal Nine is a cafe/bakery by morning with coffee and pastries and early afternoon (think light sandwiches), but it turns into a popular restaurant by night. The dinner menu, which changes each day, focuses on New England fare. Bring your crew for Shared Supper featuring select menu and off-menu items, all at the whims of the chef. Sunday brunch joined the line-up of dining options on November 1, 2015. Loyal Nine, 660 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02141, 617-945-2576.
Jonathan Kilroy has been named chef de cuisine, taking over the kitchen at Bar Boulud in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. The Shrewsbury native comes to the Boston property after working at Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud in New York City, where he served as executive sous chef. Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-535-8800.
Joseph Adamo is now the executive chef at Aragosta Bar + Bistro, serving up New England dishes with a Mediterranean twist (think veal polpette or Georges Bank scallops with chorizo and corn purée). The cocktails here are worthy of mention, too: Try the Nantucket blueberry lemonade or spiced watermelon daiquiri al fresco overlooking Boston Harbor. Aragosta Bar + Bistro, Battery Wharf Hotel, 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109, 617-994-9001.
Chef/owner Ken Oringer has announced that Clio will be closing its doors at the end of the year. The adjacent Uni will take over the space with an expanded concept in 2016. From now until New Year's Eve, Clio will offer a throwback menu and host guest chefs to celebrate the past nearly two decades the restaurant has been in service. Clio, Eliot Hotel, 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215, 617-536-7200.
By the end of the year, the Medieval Manor will be a beloved memory. The South End's medieval-themed restaurant, which has been around for four decades, will likely be closing its doors permanently on New Year's Eve. Medieval Manor, 246 E. Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-423-4900.
Johnny D's Uptown is planning to close sometime in January 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, 617-776-2004.
After recently winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast, chef/owner Barry Maiden closed Hungry Mother on July 3, 2015, to pursue other projects. His current team will open a new concept in the same space. Hungry Mother, 233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave., Cambridge, MA 02141, no phone.
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