At one time Boston’s dining scene was a source of great anxiety for Bostonian foodies but that is no longer the case. Boston no longer needs to be ashamed of their cod filled sport bar menus of the past. Nowadays the tight-knit dining scene of Boston is currently thriving with high profile talents cooking up creative and vibrant dishes in great new eateries all over the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. Discover these five new Boston eateries the next time you need to step away from the Beantown stereotypes.
Todd English’s Olives
(10 City Square, Charlestown) has been closed for two years after a grease fire ravished the interior of the space. Although this is not a new space per se, Olives celebrated their soft reopening this past weekend and are set to serve guests the big, bold, Mediterranean flavors Todd English has built his enterprise around. The website still says the restaurant is closed for renovations but they will be taking advanced reservations to fill seats for the upcoming summer Restaurant Week (August 19-24 and 26-31)
The highly-anticipated opening of Michael Schlow’s Fenway eatery, Happy’s Bar & Kitchen
(1362 Boylston Street, Boston) was yesterday, May 2nd. This “bar-meets-deli-meets-diner” will be serving deli-inspired classics for three meals per day in a space divided by a grafitti covered wall. The wall separates the dining room from the lounge and bar space. Rumor has it that Michael’s one pound meatball made it onto the finalized menu!
Park Restaurant & Bar (59 JFK Street, Cambridge) opened recently in the former space of Redline in Harvard Square. Part of the Grafton Group, this gastropub serves new American comfort classics with a twist. Each day Park will serve a special “meat pie” of the day. Park has an outstanding bar menu with a knowledgeable bar staff makes this new spot an ideal place for a drink and bite to eat after a day of work.
Famed chef, Jody Adams, of Rialto, opened her new restaurant, Trade
(540 Atlantic Avenue, Boston) a few months ago. Jody’s newest restaurant is located in the trendy Atlantic Wharf district of the city on the Boston Waterfront and Rose Kennedy Greenway. Trade will be serving international comfort food favorites with a spin. The atomosphere of Trade is laid-back and offers an exceptional range of quality small plate dishes sure to please.
Erwin Mei, once the chef and owner of King Fung Garden in Chinatown and the current chef and owner of King Fung II in Brookline, is making his triumphant return to his roots in Chinatown. Mei’s new restaurant, China King
(60 Beach Street) is destined to be a local favorite just as the King Fungs have become. The new China King has opened in the space that was formerly Rainbow Café and will serve a menu similar to King Fung’s. Look for your favorite menu items such as scallion pie, sweet pickled jelly fish for the more adventurous and the always popular Peking Duck 3-course meal which includes Mei’s homemade pancakes, skin, stir-fry, and soup courses.