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Eat Pastrami on Rye, Pizza Bagels, and So Much Ice Cream This Weekend

New spots, old spots, and loads of events to check out over the next few days

Mamaleh's interior
Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

There have been so many new restaurant openings in the past couple of weeks, so we’ll kick off this weekend’s recommendations with a round-up of all the newest spots to check out, listed alphabetically with their neighborhoods and a few sample menu items:

  • Beard Papa’s (Allston): Green tea cream puff; fondant au chocolat; mango "shower."
  • Clover (Financial District): Strawberry broccoli sandwich; chickpea fritter; rosemary fries.
  • Forge Ice Cream Bar (Somerville, not far from Porter Square): Peanut butter ice cream; mint cookies and cream ice cream; lemon sorbet.
  • Knight Moves Cafe (Teele Square): Snacks; coffee; board games (don’t try to eat those.)
  • Levend Bagelry (Downtown Boston, inside the Boston Public Market): Bagels; bagel sandwiches; pizza bagels.
  • Le’s Sushi Bar & Restaurant (East Cambridge): Sushi; pho; pad thai.
  • Little Donkey (Central Square): Tuna poke; a dry-aged burger with Buffalo pickles, onion soup mayo, foie gras, and jalapeño chips; chocolate chip cookie dough with milk foam and cocoa nibs. (Softly open at 5 p.m., but the official opening is on Monday. Reservations available starting Monday as well.)
  • Mamaleh’s Delicatessen (Kendall Square): Pastrami on rye; chocolate babka; boozy milkshakes. (Currently open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for breakfast and lunch, with dinner service probably launching next week.)
  • Otto (Arlington): Blue cheese, roasted pear, and arugula pizza; pulled pork and mango pizza; butternut squash, ricotta, and cranberry pizza. (Only open for takeout and delivery this weekend; full service and delivery begins on Monday.)
  • The Savage Wiener (Newton, inside Sandwich Works): Hot dogs; muffin tops.
  • Tom’s BaoBao (Harvard Square): Curry beef bao; pork bao; sweet potato bao.

Plus, don’t forget about the newest spots to drink: Idle Hands’ new Malden brewery is now open, and GrandTen Distilling has opened a new cocktail bar within its Southie space.

In other news relevant to your weekend dining plans:

Some events for the weekend:

  • Head to Great Scott in Allston tonight for Taking Back Sundae, an ice cream night with an emo playlist, aka "an ice cream anti-social," from The Parlor Ice Cream Co. $5 gets you entry and a scoop of ice cream. 21+.
  • Tonight at ONCE in Somerville, it’s luau time with a pig roast, tiki cocktails, and surf music. Food starts at 5 p.m.; music starts at 9 p.m.
  • Atwood’s Tavern in East Cambridge is throwing a barbecue on its fantastic hidden patio, rain or shine, featuring Night Shift Brewing on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The $10 ticket includes your first beer and a Night Shift glass; food is available a la carte (cash only). The menu will include burgers (beef and veggie), brats, potato salad, slaw, and watermelon. All ages welcome for food; 21+ to drink. Tickets are available in advance, but walk-ins are welcome.
  • Swing by the Taza factory store in Somerville between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday for samples of Honeycomb Creamery ice cream made with Taza.
  • It’s time once again for WGBH’s Craft Beer Fest, taking place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday at WGBH Studios. There’ll be plenty of music, beer, and food trucks. Tickets are $40 or $50, depending on whether you’re a member. 21+.

And a few editor picks:

  • Have you checked out Bar Mezzana in the South End yet? Get as much crudo as you can, definitely, but don’t skip the pasta. The paccheri (lobster, green onion, tomato) was one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had in recent memory.
  • Cha Yen Thai Cookery continues to serve excellent Thai food in Watertown, whether you dine in the tiny restaurant or get takeout. The pla pad kun chai (spicy cod fillet with ginger, lemongrass, and Chinese celery) was a big hit at a recent takeout feast with friends, and the fried corn cakes always make for a good starter. Don’t miss the house-made ice cream, which comes in flavors like Thai iced tea and spicy chocolate.
  • Southern Kin is off to a great start at Somerville’s Assembly Row, and the floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the sidewalk are perfect for days when you want to be outdoors but taking advantage of an air conditioner at the same time. Highly recommended: the frogmore stew and the chicken & waffles.
  • And elsewhere in Somerville, have you been to Juliet in Union Square yet? Thanks to some great recent press, including a fantastic Boston Globe review, the secret’s out, and the lines are getting longer. Get in while you can. There are so many different ways to experience it, from a quick breakfast or lunch to a multi-course tasting extravaganza for dinner. Try it all. My personal favorite is the Japanese-inspired set breakfast on Mondays and Tuesday.

Happy weekend, everyone. Stay hydrated, stay cool, and show us what you’re eating by tagging your food photos #eaterboston on Instagram.

Idle Hands Craft Ales

89 Commercial Street, , MA 02148 (781) 333-6070 Visit Website

Revolution Juice

150 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (857) 233-4313

Little Donkey

505 Massachusetts Avenue, , MA 02139 (617) 945-1008 Visit Website

Clover Food Lab

1075 Cambridge Street, , MA 02139 (617) 798-7335 Visit Website

Forge Baking Company

626 Somerville Avenue, , MA 02143 (617) 764-5365 Visit Website

Cuisine en Locale

156 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143 (617) 285-0167 Visit Website

GrandTen Distilling

383 Dorchester Avenue, , MA 02127 (617) 269-0497 Visit Website


263 Washington Street, , MA 02143 (617) 718-0262 Visit Website

Southern Kin Cookhouse

500 Assembly Row, , MA 02145 (617) 764-5966 Visit Website

Knight Moves (Somerville)

1159 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144 Visit Website

Mamaleh's Delicatessen

One Kendall Square, Building 300, Cambridge, MA 02139 Visit Website

Sandwich Works

827 Beacon St, Newton, MA 02459 (617) 332-6777 Visit Website

Atwood’s Tavern

877 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141 (617) 864-2792 Visit Website

Boston Public Market

100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA 02113 (617) 820-7070 Visit Website

Taza Chocolate

561 Windsor St, Somerville, MA 02143 (617) 623-0804 Visit Website

Beard Papa's (Allston)

145 Brighton Ave., Allston, MA 02134 Visit Website

Cha Yen Thai Cookery

613 Mount Auburn Street, , MA 02472 (617) 393-0031 Visit Website

Bar Mezzana

360 Harrison Avenue, , MA 02118 (617) 530-1770 Visit Website

Great Scott

1222 Commonwealth Avenue, , MA 02134 (617) 566-9014 Visit Website


1021 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 844-9480 Visit Website