Despite getting off to a slow start, the Hub's new bar and restaurant scene is back in full swing and closing out the Summer strong. To that point, here are eight new must-hits since our last roundup. And no, we haven't forgotten about Pier 6 and Shanghai Social Club -- expect a full blowout of both in the coming weeks. A4 Pizza Union Square Taking over the Union Square space of Boston's possibly-shortest-lived restaurant ever (the BBQ joint Bearded Pig), Kendall Square darling Area Four continues its empire expansion with a second, 36-seat brick-and-mortar focused primarily on wood-fired pizzas.
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Five Horses Tavern South End
Two years after bringing 116 beers and a full bourbon bar to Davis Square, this popular craft beer center has galloped into the South End and turned the former Columbus Cafe into an exposed brick'd/wood-heavy comfort foodery that pours 40 styles of draft suds.
Talk about opening under the radar: the boutique Harborside Inn on State St has annexed the adjoining space and added a sexy new neon-heavy bar and lounge boasting couches, communal tables, and even Starbucks coffee.
Giving you a reason to visit Sudbury other than trying to find Dennis Eckersley's old house, this two-floor Italian-influenced eatery from Stella chef Evan Deluty boasts a raw bar, patio, wood-fired pizza, and pasta dishes like orecchiette w/ chili flakes, sausage, and cured tomato.
Tatte Bakery & Café
The folks behind Cambridge's (and Brookline's) popular bakery & artisan eatery apparently love the Kendall Square area so much that they didn't want to venture far, evidenced by them opening their third outpost down the street on Broadway in Area IV.
Taking the Strega empire in a slightly different direction, this upscale Italian steakhouse in Woburn's former Beacon Grille rolls a la carte with choice cuts like a 16oz dry-aged bone-in sirloin, 12oz classic New York sirloin, and a rack of lamb with mint pesto and roasted garlic.
Cancun Taqueria Y Mas
Assuming you are fluent in conversational Spanish, you know that this 60-seat "authentic Mexican" eat-in/take-out joint in the Harvard Square space that formerly housed Lamole (under Dolphin Seafood) peddles not only tacos, but "more", like burritos and fajitas.
1. Area Four Somerville445 Somerville Ave, Somerville
2. Harborside Inn Cafe and Lounge185 State St, Boston
3. Tatte Bakery & Cafe205 Broadway, Cambridge
4. Snappy Ramen420 Highland Ave, Somerville
5. Cancun Taqueria1155 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
6. Strega Prime400 Trade Ctr, Woburn
7. 29 Sudbury29 Hudson Rd, Sudbury
8. Five Horses Tavern535 Columbus Ave, Boston
This cafe/bar serves up sick wood-fired pizzas made from simple, quality ingredients -- alongside great coffee and baked goods.
This swanky, neon- and leather-bedecked lounge slings martinis and a good time by the harbor.
This Israeli bakeshop churns out elegant pastries in Cambridge, from almond cakes topped with poached pears, to clafouti, to delicate nut-studded cookies.
Housed in the old Snappy Sushi space, this noodle-focused joint still has great sushi, but be sure to try some of those brothy noodles, too.
Come eat all the authentic Mexican food you missed during your spring break in Cancun at this little taqueria, which's serving up super-authentic (also: cheap) bites in an unassuming setting.
Woburn's iteration of the Boston institution serves up the same chops, wine, and class you'd expect from a Strega.
Lemon arancini, duck confit, funghi pizza, and orrechiette w/ chili flakes are just a few of the tasty Itali-bites you'll find at this rustic Sudbudy spot.