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Passover Specials, a Future Food Hall, and More Updates to Start the Week

Kick off the week with some mini news bites

Sushi at Koto in Salem
Sushi at Koto in Salem

Passover Begins

Tonight is the first night of the Jewish holiday of Passover, and some local restaurants are drawing inspiration from the holiday and serving special dishes between now and the final night, April 18. (Note: These specials do not necessarily follow Passover’s special dietary rules; check with a restaurant directly with any questions.)

• Cook (825 Washington St., Newton) has three a la carte specials for the duration of Passover, served alongside the regular menu: matzoh ball soup; hot veal pastrami with fondant potatoes, sauteed spinach, and mustard jus; and a dessert plate that includes coconut macaroons.

• Craigie on Main (853 Main St., Cambridge) is serving a Passover menu on April 11 and 12 with dishes such as matzoh ball soup; smoked sablefish with black olive and pistachio; asparagus with schmaltz and chicken liver sauce; and more.

• Mamaleh’s (1 Kendall Sq., Cambridge) is serving a Passover prix fixe nightly from April 11 through April 16 ($50/person, plus $18 total for a ceremonial seder plate for the table). The menu includes a glass of Manischewitz, gefilte fish with carrot horseradish, potato kugel, matzoh ball soup, and lots more.

Pierogi Reminder

Tonight’s the first night of Jaju Pierogi’s pop-up series at Sillari’s Pizza in Malden (97 Medford St.) Swing by between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. today or any Monday through May 1 to buy ready-to-eat pierogi; frozen pierogi; and combo plates with pierogi, kielbasa, and sauerkraut. Sillari’s is typically closed on Mondays; as such, its menu won’t be available during these Jaju pop-ups.

Food Selfie

There’s now a name for the forthcoming T.W. Food replacement (from the same owners) at 377 Walden St.: Self Portrait, reports Boston Restaurant Talk. It could open this month.

Food Hall on the Horizon

Details are scarce, but the former Best Buy at Fenway’s Landmark Center may one day become a food hall, reports Boston Restaurant Talk, citing an article from Bisnow that describes a dining destination that spans 25,000 square feet inside and “spills out into an open park area.” Update, October 2, 2017: This is really happening.

Music, Food, and Salem

Vanyaland takes a look at Salem’s thriving music scene through the lens of two restaurants that are also music venues — and also happen to be right across the street from each other: Koto (90 Washington St.) and Opus (87 Washington St.)

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Cook (Newton)

825 Washington St, Newton, MA 02460 (617) 964-2665 Visit Website

Craigie On Main

853 Main Street, , MA 02139 (617) 497-5511 Visit Website

Mamaleh's Delicatessen

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


87 Washington, Salem, MA 01970 (978) 744-1100 Visit Website

Time Out Market Boston

401 Park Drive, , MA 02215 (978) 393-8088 Visit Website

T.W. Food

377 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 617 864 4745 Visit Website

Sillari's Pizza

97 Medford St, Malden, MA 02148 (781) 605-1445

Self Portrait

377 Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (617) 864-4745 Visit Website