Best of Boston

Best New Restaurant

2019 Best New Restaurant

Fox & the Knife

Expectations were high for the self-owned debut from Top Chef contestant (and James Beard Award winner) Karen Akunowicz. And yet somehow the Myers + Chang [...] read more»
2018 Best New Restaurant


Owners Chris and Pam Willis call it a New American trattoria; we call it perfection in a neighborhood restaurant. It’s the big smile from Pammy [...] read more»
2017 Best New Restaurant

Little Donkey

Throwing all of the rules out the window doesn't take talent, but getting away with it sure does. For their latest local hot spot, chefs [...] read more»
2016 Best New Restaurant


How to eviscerate the specter of the late, lamented Locke-Ober? Enlist the best up-and-coming talent, overhaul the three-piece-suited firmament, and don’t skimp on the razzle-dazzle. [...] read more»
2016 Best New Restaurant, South


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 [...] read more»
2016 Best New Restaurant, West

True West

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 [...] read more»
2016 Best New Restaurant, North

The Poynt

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 [...] read more»
2015 Best New Restaurant

Select Oyster Bar

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 [...] read more»
2015 Best New Restaurant, South

Galley Kitchen & Bar

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 [...] read more»
2015 Best New Restaurant, North

The Bancroft

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 [...] read more»
2015 Best New Restaurant, West

The Backroom at Moody’s

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 [...] read more»
2014 Best New Restaurant

Alden & Harlow

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 [...] read more»
2013 Best New Restaurant


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 [...] read more»
2013 Best New Restaurant, South

Steel & Rye

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 [...] read more»
2013 Best New Restaurant, North


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 [...] read more»