5 restaurant openings we’re enthusiastic about this month

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Cocktails being poured at Grace by Nia.
Cocktails at Grace by Nia. Handout

This month, new restaurant openings round Boston embody a contemporary supper membership, the return of a beloved seasonal beer backyard, a brand new location of a former South Finish icon, in addition to the debut of a Nantucket staple on the mainland.

Forward, take a peek at 5 new eating places we will’t wait to strive for Could 2023.

This palpable new spot is a tribute to each the bygone period of swanky supper golf equipment in addition to a nod to the co-owner Nia Grace, group chief and proprietor of Darryl’s Nook Bar & Kitchen and The Underground Cafe & Lounge. Grace partnered with Massive Night time Leisure Group, the hospitality moguls behind greater than a dozen ideas all through Boston and New England, to infuse Southern soul into the Seaport.

“Once you go searching a brand new sturdy space just like the Seaport, you don’t see a lot minority illustration at eating places on the possession degree,” Grace mentioned in a press release. “That is greater than only a story of one other restaurant opening; our purpose is to convey range to the Seaport.”

The companions remodeled this 5,000-square-foot area right into a multi-use venue to incorporate a stage the place company can anticipate stay jazz, R&B, and hip-hop performers on rotation, and a restaurant impressed by Southern flavors that includes highlights like hush puppies, corn muffins, and casseroles. Late night time, there might be a stay DJ, and there’s additionally a speakeasy, the place craft cocktails might be made utilizing liquor from Black- and minority-owned spirit and wine firms. 

60 Seaport Blvd.

Opens: Mid Could

A dining room view of Josephine.
Josephine, which is now open. – Galdones Pictures

Although it formally opened final week, we’re trying ahead to a reservation at Josephine, the newest idea from chef Michael Scelfo, the visionary behind Alden & Harlow, The Longfellow Bar and Waypoint. Set within the Cambria Lodge in Somerville, Josephine displays the identify of Scelfo’s earliest culinary inspiration: his Sicilian grandmother. The menu is an amalgamation of Scelfo’s private experiences from cooking together with his grandmother, Josephine, as a toddler, to exhibiting his personal kids by means of Italy in the hunt for the perfect slice of pizza. Pizza is the star of this present: traditional pies; artistic, artisanal slices and speciality choices like Jo’s Deep Dish made with butter crust, entire milk mozzarella, and Linny Ray’s Sauce; Rosemary’s Child pizza made with roasted hen, potato, fontina, and caramelized onion; Frank’s White 2.0 with white clam sauce, pecorino, and a ton of garlic. Unexpectedly, burger lovers will need to try Josephine’s for his or her dry-aged burger on a focaccia roll, topped with onion jam, muenster, and aioli. Different menu highlights embody Italian staples like veal tonnato, antipasti like roasted olives with orange peel and chiles, and heat focaccia that pairs completely with a Negroni. Martinis are additionally on faucet, then completed with distinctive kinds of stuffed olives.

515 Somerville Ave., Somerville

Now Open

The favored biergarten reopens for the season this month at Arsenal Yards. The turfed out of doors area is fitted with loads of tables underneath dangling fairy lights within the retail coronary heart of Watertown. Recognized for his or her Cloudy Sweet New England IPA, Mango Lassi bitter IPA, and Bitter Face collection of Berliner Weisses, the biergarten’s listing of obtainable brews has one thing for everybody. Although meals isn’t served on the biergarten, they encourage clients to put orders from their restaurant neighbors — Frank Pepe Pizzeria, Garbanzo Mediterranean Recent, and Pokeworks, to call a number of — then convey it in for a DIY picnic expertise. Seating is first come, first served, with canine and youngsters welcome, too. Mighty Squirrel additionally lately introduced they’re constructing out a 13,000-square-foot area in Bower at Fenway Middle, an thrilling enlargement for the regional craft brewery. 

110 Bond Sq., Watertown

Opens: Could 15


Making a long-awaited comeback, Stella, from chef and proprietor Evan Deluty, reopens in Newton this month. After shuttering its 17-year-old South Finish locale in Could 2020, followers of the elevated restaurant have been anticipating Deluty’s subsequent transfer — and it seems, it’s a extra informal, intimate model in Newton. Deluty teases the scaled-down, easy venue with room for less than 15 company at a time (about six tables) on a primary come, first served foundation.

“I sit up for getting again within the recreation and making individuals blissful by means of meals,” Deluty mentioned.

The brand new spot might be centered round takeout with tastes from the unique Stella menu, like arancini, Stella’s meatballs and spaghetti with garlic EVOO, in addition to new highlights like a hen parmesan sandwich, steak and crispy fries, and matzo ball soup. Stella will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with solely comfortable drinks accessible for the close to future. 

549 Commonwealth Ave., Newton

Opens: Late Could

The fish sandwich with fries at Stubbys.
The fish sandwich with fries at Stubbys. – Handout

In 2000, Stubbys started as a easy stand serving French fries to guests arriving on Nantucket through ferry. Since then, it’s develop into an island establishment, leaving guests wanting extra. Now, it’s satiating their cravings by bringing an advanced menu of traditional American and Jamaican meals to the Seaport. Managing associate Saugat Mali mentioned the whole lot in regards to the 1,805-square-foot area is “intentional,” from deciding on workers for the brand new restaurant to deciding on supplies like picket furnishings and brick partitions, meant to mirror the inviting heat of the unique location. Stubbys Seaport will serve up its definitive specialties just like the Hungry Man sandwich for breakfast, jerk hen sandwich and fish and chips for lunch and dinner, in addition to informal late night time bites like burgers and hen fingers (when tropical home beats takeover and rework the area to really feel like a neighborhood bar). 

43 Northern Ave.

Opens: Early Could

Correction: This story has been up to date to mirror that Grace by Nia spans a single flooring, not two.

Originally posted 2023-05-01 18:37:52.