2 Boston space eating places named in Bon Appétit’s Finest New Eating places checklist


A Cambridge restaurant that prioritizes sustainable seafood and a Hong Kong-style cafe in Quincy landed on the meals journal’s Finest New Eating places checklist.

Rubato provides fried hen bolo bao. Matt Li

Two of the Boston space’s most enjoyable new eating places — one which pairs international flavors with seasonal seafood, and one other that serves up Hong Kong cafe eats — made it on Bon Appétit’s Finest New Eating places of 2023 checklist. 

The culinary journal and web site acknowledged 24 new eating places from coast to coast, that includes extra spots than the publication has previously.

“The restaurant world is full of creativity proper now, and these 24 spots signify the easiest of eating,” the journal wrote. 

Of these 24 eateries, Bostonians can hop on the T to dine out at two of them: Moëca in Cambridge and Rubato in Quincy. 


This contemporary, informal cafe made headlines in the summertime of 2022 when Joyce Chan, proprietor of the beloved Contempo Bakery, introduced she was retiring and passing the restaurant all the way down to her son and daughter-in-law, Laurence Louie and Rary Ratsifa.

A few months later in August, the restaurant reopened as Rubato, serving up fashionable takes on Cantonese and Hong Kong consolation meals, like fried hen bolo bao, a fluffy bun with a candy, crunchy topping made right into a fried hen sandwich with slaw and “tasty sauce.”

Louie known as the meals “trustworthy” in an e-mail to Boston.com, saying these dishes are a wedding of his experiences rising up as a Chinese language American and his time as a “fancy chef.” 

This restaurant is quick-service and offers clients the choice to take the meals to-go, get it delivered, or dine in (although the cafe solely seats as much as 9 visitors, in keeping with Rubato’s web site). 

There are just a few similarities between Rubato and its predecessor. Each eating places have names impressed by music — Contempo was named after a Chinese language rock band, and Rubato is a musical time period that interprets to delicate rhythmic freedom in a efficiency. 

However for followers of the previous restaurant, you’ll discover acquainted dishes at Rubato. In response to their web site, Rubato “completely needed to maintain our fan favorites such as you tiao (fried dough), the congee, the milk tea, and the soy milk.”

Joyce Chan, proprietor of Contemp Bakery in Quincy, has given the area over to her son, Laurence Louie, and his spouse, Rary Ratsifa, who’ve reopened the area as a Hong Kong café known as Rubato. – Matt Li

Leaning into the music theme of the cafe’s title, Bon Appétit wrote that the meals at Rubato is “of a grounded, assured chef enjoying acquainted tunes with plentiful type. We’re simply comfortable to be within the viewers.”

In an e-mail, Louie mentioned it meant lots for him and his staff to have their yr’s work acknowledged nationally.

“Our entire staff works extremely arduous day in and day trip producing meals, service, and vibes that we’re happy with,” Louie wrote. “It’s actually significant for a small spot in Quincy like ours to be acknowledged and celebrated on such an enormous stage.”

Menu costs vary from $3 for a bao to a $20 pork chop. Bon Appétit highlighted the aforementioned fried hen bolo bao in addition to the rubato sampan congee, HK french toast with lava egg yolk, you tiao, and home soy milk. Louie additionally recommends the Rubato enjoyable enjoyable and the HK pork chop rice.

Location: 412 Hancock Avenue, Quincy; Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to five p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. 


Guilia’s sibling restaurant, Moëca, opened in August 2022 with a mission in thoughts: Use seafood sustainably. 

It’s that mission from award-winning chef Michael Pagliarini that modifications the menu so regularly and why you may discover one sort of seafood ready in a different way in a number of dishes. 

In Bon Appétit’s rationalization for selecting the restaurant, it mentions Moëca’s present dishes that use scallops: There’s Cape Cod scallop, adopted by gnocchi topped with “scallop trippa alla romana,” and even a smoked scallop “taramasalata” (their tackle a fishy Greek dip).

“Our deal with how our seafood is each acquired and ready means you may discover the identical fish ready 4 other ways all through our menu,” in keeping with Moëca’s web site. 

What differentiates these dishes is the best way the restaurant makes use of flavors — largely from Italy and the Mediterranean, pairing its sustainable seafood dishes with components like harissa and Calabrian chili.

Bon Appétit wrote that it wasn’t simply the restaurant’s sustainable practices that caught the culinary publication’s consideration, “but additionally curiosity—and it’s as mandatory as it’s fantastic.”

The inside of Moëca in Cambridge.

In an e-mail from homeowners Pagliarini and Pamela Ralston, they mentioned the popularity was “rejuvenating,” particularly given how adaptive eating places have needed to be so as to open in a post-pandemic local weather.

“It’s a thrill to be acknowledged by Bon Appétit together with so many different unbelievable new eating places, all of whom have needed to be adaptive, resourceful, and resilient throughout this time,” the e-mail mentioned.

The menu consists of uncooked bar gadgets, shared plates, pasta, and huge plates, with costs starting from $6 potato rolls to a $38 swordfish. 

Bon Appétit mentioned the present highlights at this restaurant embrace the scallop dishes talked about above in addition to the chickpea pancake. Pagliarini and Ralson advocate the mackerel, tuna n’duja, their new Prop Comedy cocktail, and a maple bombe for dessert (warning: it sells out quick).

Location: 1 Shepard Avenue, Cambridge; Hours: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday by means of Saturday.

Full checklist

Listed here are the 24 eating places that landed on this yr’s Finest New Eating places checklist:

  • Bar Spero, Washington, D.C.
  • Brochus Household Custom, Savannah, Georgia
  • Chilte, Phoenix
  • Dakar Nola, New Orleans
  • Ensenada, Brooklyn, New York
  • Este, Austin, Texas
  • Fishmonger, Atlanta
  • Heavy Metallic Sausage Co., Philadelphia
  • Indienne, Chicago
  • Kann + Sousol, Portland, Oregon
  • Kono, New York
  • Kuya Lord, Los Angeles
  • Ladder 4 Wine Bar, Detroit
  • Mamou, New Orleans
  • Maty’s, Miami
  • Moëca, Cambridge
  • Neng Jr’s, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Noodle in a Haystack, San Francisco
  • Pietramala, Philadelphia
  • Pijja Palace, Los Angeles
  • Rubato, Quincy
  • Seabird, Bainbridge Island, Washington
  • Sedalia’s Oyster & Seafood, Oklahoma Metropolis
  • Shuggies, San Francisco