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BEST New Restaurant

2014 BEST New Restaurant
Photograph by Kristin Tieg

Alden & Harlow

Cambridge

When he took over the storied Casablanca space in Harvard Square, chef Michael Scelfo promised that for his first solo venture, he’d serve fare inspired by the dinners he makes for his family at home. We can’t help but wonder—is… read more»

2013 BEST New Restaurant
photo by Alex Lau

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, 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»

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»

2012 BEST New Restaurant, Nantucket

Pazzo

Nantucket

This welcome newcomer was opened last year by the owners of the popular Nantucket spot Lola 41. Lamb meatballs with hummus and yogurt sauce, and white bean purée topped with crispy ham make for excellent starters, followed by the house… 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»