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2013 BEST New Restaurant
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Asta

Boston

It takes guts to open a restaurant offering only three prix-fixe menus to diners—in a space with stenciled glitter bunnies on the bathroom doors, no less. But in the nine months since opening Asta’s doors, owners Alex Crabb (who mans… read more»

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»

2013 BEST New Restaurant, West

Sycamore

Newton Centre

The western ‘burbs were abuzz this year with several hot new openings, but none as significant as the lovely Sycamore, in Newton Centre. Here, co-chefs David Punch and Lydia Reichert are serving up top-notch bistro food—a spring-bean cassoulet, suckling-pig confit—in… read more»

2013 BEST New Restaurant, Cape Cod

Local Break

Eastham

Eastham isn’t flashy, and neither is Local Break. That’s exactly why it’s been drawing loyal crowds since opening last year. It serves sports-bar basics, but you’ll also find surprises on the blackboard, like razor clams stuffed with peppers, bacon, and… read more»

2013 BEST New Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

Lucky Hank’s

Edgartown

You’ll feel like guests at a neighbor’s summer home here. The dining room is a screened-in back porch with pillow-covered bench seats and mismatched silverware, and homey dishes such as meatloaf and lobster potpie grace the dinner menu—as do three… read more»

2013 BEST New Restaurant, Nantucket

Cru

Nantucket

Here’s a new island tradition: Disembark at Straight Wharf and make a beeline to Cru. This swish, year-old spot, decked out in striped pillows and driftwood chandeliers, has the raw bar to beat and the see-and-be-seen crowd you’d expect at… read more»

2013 BEST New Restaurant, South
Photo by Jesse Burke

Steel & Rye

Milton

With its exposed pipes, sky-high ceiling, and wood finishes, the 7,000-square-foot Steel & Rye has an atmosphere best described as industrial-farmhouse chic, yet it’s as homey a restaurant as you’ll find—the type of place you might want to try on… read more»

2012 BEST New Restaurant, Cape Cod

Fin

Dennis

The romance started with a rich local-oyster-and-bacon chowder with chive and truffle oil. Then came the scallops with oyster mushrooms, asparagus, pancetta, pea shoots, and chive béarnaise, and then the organic beef special with ramps and shiitakes. By the time… read more»

2012 BEST New Restaurant
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Trade

Boston

We knew that Jody Adams had it in her to open another outstanding restaurant. And now that we’ve enjoyed the bold, world-inspired cuisine at Trade, the companion to her Harvard Square flagship, Rialto, we only wish it hadn’t taken her… read more»

2012 BEST New Restaurant, Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Company

Martha's Vineyard

When J. B. Blau, owner of Sharky’s Cantina, won the island chowder cookoff two years ago, he celebrated by opening a seafood-focused eatery with chef Alex Nagi. Located in the heart of Oak Bluffs, the laid-back spot has been packing… read more»