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2016 BEST New Restaurant, South

Cielo

Braintree

Authentic Mexican food? In Braintree? At long last, yes. Owners Roberto Leon and Guadalupe Fuentes lovingly plate real-deal Jaliscan dishes such as hearty torta ahogada (a spicy pork and bean sandwich) and a hauntingly complex enchiladas mole with chicken. The… read more»

2016 BEST New Restaurant, West

True West

Acton

A jolly gastropub in sleepy Acton? It’s a reality thanks to True West, the new sister restaurant of New Hampshire’s 7th Settlement Brewery. The pub has revitalized West Acton village with solar-brewed craft beer and a fun, casual menu—crisp tater… read more»

2016 BEST New Restaurant, North

The Poynt

Newburyport

Don’t let the well-dressed crowds fool you: The Poynt is on the North Shore, not in the South End. Opened this fall by the owners of the successful Cottage restaurants in Wellesley and Chestnut Hill, the spot exudes a casual… read more»

2015 BEST New Restaurant

Select Oyster Bar

Boston

After seven years spent manning the tiny kitchen at Neptune Oyster, chef Michael Serpa stepped out on his own with another petite seafood spot. This one’s a passion project, with Serpa’s hands in everything from the quirky beverage selection (funky… read more»

2015 BEST New Restaurant, South

Galley Kitchen & Bar

Scituate

When the Galley opened last year in Scituate Harbor, it bridged the gap between townie bars and white-tablecloth bistros. Locals have responded in droves, packing the stylishly weathered wooden tables for chef-owner Brian Houlihan’s smartly executed small plates—fried lobster with… read more»

2015 BEST New Restaurant, North

The Bancroft

Burlington

At this shiny new steakhouse in Burlington’s 3rd Ave development, presentation is paramount—and often over the top. (For proof, look no further than the 3,000-plus-bottle wine collection, displayed on a catwalk above a glass-paneled dining room.) James Beard-nominated chef Mario… read more»

2015 BEST New Restaurant, West

The Backroom at Moody’s

Waltham

You’ve heard the hype: Walls made of limestone reclaimed from a French abbey. A copper spit for roasting chicken and suckling pigs. A $400 glass of Screaming Eagle. But let’s be honest: You’re really here for the meat—every juicy, wood-fired,… read more»

2014 BEST New Restaurant

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

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

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»