The sun has set on summer, but we’re here to talk you off your friend’s soon-to-be-closed roof deck, because a bunch of tasty new restaurants have opened in Boston, and nothing makes the sadness go away like eating. Here are 11 new Boston spots you need to get yourself to immediately. 

Bar Boulud 

Bar Boulud

Back Bay
Already possessing much ballyhooed locations in NYC and London, superstar Chef Daniel Boulud brings his French bistro fare to the Hub (what took so long?). Chef de Cuisine Aaron Chambers (Boulud Sud) adds seasonal New England-inspired dishes to the already inspired menu, with selections like Coq au Vin (jazzed up with bacon lardons, terrines, and pâtĂ©s), and signature house-made sausages. There’s also The Frenchie (get it?), an extravagant burger with pork belly confit and Morbier cheese on brioche. Good luck with that reservation.

Earls Kitchen

Earls Kitchen + Bar

Assembly Row
Assembly Row, Somerville’s newest hotspot, welcomes Earls Kitchen + Bar, imported all the way from Canada. This upscale-casual eatery features scratch-made fare like Angus peppercorn and bourbon mushroom steaks, as well as the Fenway Burger (they get us!), topped with onion rings and red pepper relish. Also: crispy tuna sushi cones! Cocktails also merit attention, like the Earls Old Fashioned (with root beer bitters) and the Bee's Knees, served in a glass honey bear. 

Legal on the Mystic 

Legal On the Mystic

Assembly Row
Anchoring the riverside end of Assembly Row is Legal’s latest one-off, Legal on the Mystic. This casual, bar-centric concept from Boston’s fish kings is waiting to feed you pancetta-studded white clam pizza, blackened swordfish tacos with avocado & chipotle mayo, and mesquite BBQ ribs -- because you can't ALWAYS eat seafood. Fifteen new cocktails also dot the menu, from the El Camino (with mezcal and mole bitters) to the diabolical Chartreuse Smash. So yeah, take advantage of that new Assembly Row T station!

Legal Oysteria 

Legal Oysteria

Charlestown
Man, LSF has been busy! Now they're bringing you another one-off in the old Olive’s spot. Italian flavors dominate the slate, and you should partake in charred octopus with coriander vinaigrette; ricotta fritters (mmm, fried cheese...) with spicy honey; and swordfish salmoriglio over salt cod gnocchi. Then there’s the decadent Ligurian fish stew, brimming with the whole ocean: monkfish, shrimp, squid, and clams. Pair that up with an Amaro Mule, a thirst-quencher with Nonino Amaro, fresh lime, and ginger beer. 

David Krugman 

Juniper

Wellesley
Chef Dave Becker, of Sweet Basil in Needham fame, launches his second venture deep in the heart of Wellesley. This time he’s going Eastern Mediterranean, and there are many unique bites throughout the menu. For mezze and spreads, nosh some lamb tartare, baharat-spiced crispy oysters, and smoked eggplant baba ghanoush. Then stuff yourself with smoky lamb Bolognese bolstered by handmade saffron pappardelle, Baharat Skirt Steak topped with whipped feta yogurt, or pork tenderloin doused with pomegranate barbecue sauce. Save room for dessert, because pecan pie baklava is now a thing.

Roost Bistro

Roost Bistro

Back Bay
Nested in The Creperie's former shell, Roost Bistro’s Euro-influenced comfort fare starts off with goodness like the Flammekueche, an Alsatian-style pizza covered in caramelized onions, lardons, and fromage blanc. Then move on to lemon tagliatelle with fresh lobster, slow-roasted Long Island duck, or the bacon-wrapped cod with ratatouille & lemon-caper beurre blanc. Be sure to stop by for Tiki Tuesdays, featuring sticky honey-soy wings and the Roost Tiki Cocktail.

Wheelhouse

Wheelhouse

FiDi
If you’re searching for a new hearty breakfast and lunch/burger spot downtown, then Wheelhouse is in your... umm... wheelhouse! They keep things simple yet tasty, offering breakfast and lunch sammies and all manner of burgers (turkey, lamb, black bean, and also the best kind). On your way to work, grab a Southern Belle, all dressed up with peach-glazed ham and pimento cheese. Head back for lunch for some Boom Goes the Dynamite, a spicy burger ignited by garlicky jalapeño hot sauce. Also, four words: buffalo chicken sloppy joes.

Bonapita

BONAPITA

Downtown Crossing
Looking for something different/healthy at mid-day? Take a trip to the Mediterranean for BONAPITA's spice-infused goodness and fresh-baked namesake pitas. Your four protein options are overnight-marinated chicken a la plancha, herbed Bonapita meatballs, seared black bean-beet patties, or sautĂ©ed 'shrooms with lentils & thyme. Now choose your vehicle: Fill It (in a pita with spicy tomato sauce & tahini), Plate It (with rice & roasted veggies), or Toss It (with crisp romaine & tahini dressing). All meals are under $8.50, so it’s way cheaper than flying to Greece.

Café Madeleine

Café Madeleine

South End
James Beard winner, author, globally-loved pastry chef, and Michelin-starred restaurant veteran Frederic Robert rocks the South End with this little neighborhood patisserie. Pastries are made on-site daily, and you should luxuriate with chaussons aux pommes (apple turnover) and the filled brioche masterpiece, candied orange tropezienne. The aromatic java is La Colombe Coffee Torrefaction, an Earth-conscious roaster. Pop in for lunch and enjoy French specialties like quiche lorraine and croque-monsieurs.

Causeway

Causeway

North Station
Barbecue fans rejoice! The Hub needs more smoked meats, and Causeway smokes and sizzles an extensive array of bird, pork, and beef for your belly. They have pulled pork and brisket galore (and many, many sides), as well as sandwich creations like a brisket reuben and burgers like the Angry Samoan, piled with Swiss, grilled pineapple, habanero mayo, and teriyaki sauce. 

Christopher Haynes

El Centro Tres

Belmont
The original El Centro (South End) was recently named one of the best Mexican restaurants in America, and now Executive Chef/Owner Allan Rodriguez expands his South-of-the-border empire into Belmont. First up from Grandma’s Hermosillo, Mexico kitchen is Guacamole Estilo El Centro Tres topped with chorizo. Follow that with Salmon al Molcajete en Salse Tatemada, made by immersing the salmon on a lava stone in roasted tomato sauce, then crowning it with melted cheese. Bonus: they acquired the second full liquor license in Belmont, so go big on margs and mojitos.

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1. Bar Boulud 776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199 (Back Bay)

Following the success of Bar Boulud New York (and London), superstar Chef Daniel Boulud brings his traditional French bistro cuisine to Boston. Chef de Cuisine Aaron Chambers adds seasonal New England-inspired dishes to the already inspired menu with selections like Coq au Vin, jazzed up with bacon lardons, terrines & pates, and signature house made sausages. There’s also “The Frenchie”, an extravagant burger with pork belly confit and Morbier cheese on brioche.

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2. Earls Kitchen + Bar 698 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145 (Somerville)

This upscale casual eatery features Executive Chef Tim Pennington’s made-from-scratch fare of signature Earls dishes and special New England creations. He’s grilling up some mean Angus Peppercorn & Bourbon Mushroom Steaks and the Fenway Burger (stacked high with o-rings and red pepper relish), and then going global with the Jeera Chicken Curry and Crispy Tuna Sushi Cones. The cocktails are especially legit, and you should try the Earls Old Fashioned, elevated by root beer bitters, as well as the Bee’s Knees, a zippy concoction powered by Hendricks Gin and served in a glass honey bear.

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3. Legal on the Mystic 301 Great River Rd, Somerville, MA 02145 (Somerville)

This bar-centric concept from Boston’s fish kings gets casual with shared plates, pizzas, salads, sandwiches, and tacos. Indulge in the pancetta-and-arugula-bedazzled White Clam Pizza, zesty Mesquite BBQ Ribs & Shrimp, and Blackened Swordfish Tacos with avocado and chipotle mayo. LOTM also boasts 15 new cocktails, such as the El Camino, sassed with Del Maguey Crema de Mezcal and Xocolatl Mole Bitters, and the diabolical Chartreuse Smash.

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4. Legal Oysteria 10 City Sq, Charlestown, MA 02129 (Charlestown)

In the old Olive’s spot, Italian flavors dominate, and you should partake in Charred Octopus with coriander vinaigrette, Ricotta Fritters with spicy honey, and Swordfish Salmoriglio over salt cod gnocchi. Then there’s the decadent Ligurian Fish Stew brimming with the whole ocean: monkfish, shrimp, squid, and clams. Pair that up with an Amaro Mule, a thirst-quencher with Nonino Amaro, fresh lime, and ginger beer.

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5. Juniper 13 Central St, Wellesley, MA 02482

Chef Dave Becker, of Sweet Basil in Needham fame, brings Eastern Mediterranean to Wellesley. There are many unique bites throughout the menu. For mezze and spreads, nosh some lamb tartare, baharat-spiced crispy oysters, and smoked eggplant baba ghanoush. Then stuff yourself with smoky lamb bolognese, bolstered by handmade saffron pappardelle, grilled baharat skirt steak topped by whipped feta yogurt, or roasted pork tenderloin doused with pomegranate barbecue sauce. Save room for dessert, because you need pecan pie baklava.

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6. Roost Bistro 259 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Roost Bistro’s classic-yet-refined American and European comfort food will keep you coming back like the swallows to Capistrano. Start off with the Flammekueche, an Alsatian-style pizza covered in caramelized onions, lardons, and fromage blanc. Now that you’re more comfortable, the lemon tagliatelle with fresh lobster, slow roasted 1/2 Long Island duck, or the bacon-wrapped cod with ratatouille and lemon-caper beurre blanc should put you over the edge. Be sure to stop by for Tiki Tuesdays featuring Sticky Honey-Soy Wings and the Roost Tiki Cocktail.

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7. Wheelhouse 63 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109 (Financial Dist Waterfront)

Wheelhouse keeps things simple yet tasty, offering breakfast and lunch sammies and savory burgers (regular, turkey, lamb, black bean). On your way to work, grab a Southern Belle all dressed up with peach glazed ham and pimento cheese. Head back for lunch and wake your taste buds with a spicy burger, ignited by garlicky jalapeño hot sauce. Other highlights include the inventive buffalo chicken sloppy joe and the chicken Caesar meatball sandwich.

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8. BONAPITA 49 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110 (Downtown Crossing)

Looking for something different/healthy at mid-day? Take a trip to the Mediterranean for BONAPITA's spice-infused goodness and fresh baked namesake pitas. Your four protein options are overnight-marinated Chicken a la Plancha, herbed Bonapita Meatballs, seared black bean & beets patties, or sautéed mushrooms, lentil, & thyme.

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9. Cafe Madeleine 517 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118

Restaurant veteran Frederic Robert rocks the South End with this little neighborhood patisserie. Pastries are made on-site daily, and you should luxuriate with chausson aux pommes (apple turnover) and the filled brioche masterpiece, candied orange tropezienne. Pop in for lunch and enjoy French specialties like Quiche Lorraine and Croque-Monsieurs.

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10. The Causeway 226 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114

Causeway smokes and sizzles an extensive array of bird, pork, and beef for your belly. They have Pulled Pork and Brisket Sandwiches, BBQ platters galore (and many, many sides), and various creative burgers when you need your soul food fix.

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11. El Centro Tres 66 Leonard St, Boston, MA 02118

The original El Centro (South End) was recently named one of the best Mexican restaurants in America, and now Executive Chef/Owner Allan Rodriguez expands his south-of-the-border empire into Belmont. First up from grandma’s Hermosillo, Mexico kitchen is Guacamole Estilo El Centro Tres topped with chorizo. Follow that with Salmon al Molcajete en Salse Tatemada, made by immersing the salmon on a lava stone in roasted tomato sauce then crowned with melted cheese.

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