Best of Boston

BEST New Restaurant, north

2013 BEST New Restaurant, North

Brine

Newburyport

Oysters (from both coasts) are the draw here, especially from 9 to 11:45 p.m. on Thursdays, when they’re a buck a shuck. But discerning diners also come for the mix of casual and luxe offerings—clam-and-pork-belly chowder; crudo dressed with charred-lime… read more»

2012 BEST New Restaurant, North

Red Lulu

Salem

On any given Saturday night at this new venture from the team behind Back Bay hot spot Lolita, well-dressed revelers have their pick of 180 supremely sippable tequilas and a bevy of whimsical cocktails and margaritas. Fortunately, the inspired Mexican… read more»

2004 BEST New Restaurant, North

Catch

Winchester

The most refreshing thing Catch has to offer is what it lacks. Pretense, for instance. Also thankfully missing is a menu full of confit of this and froth of that. But Catch has what counts: fresh, local ingredients served in… read more»

2003 BEST New Restaurant, North

197 East Main

Gloucester

After tenures at Sage and eat, chef Nick Speros has migrated north from Boston and opened 197 East Main. If you’re smart, you’ll follow him. Tuck into the rib-eye or native halibut, and you’ll see what we mean. The seafood… read more»

2002 BEST New Restaurant, North

Cilantro

Salem

We’ll just say it: The North Shore doesn’t typically see many promising new restaurants opening. So Cilantro came as a pleasant surprise—authentic, hearty, and diverse Mexican specialties in an upscale but easygoing brick-walled setting. Fresh specialties such as crispy flautas… read more»