Thanksgiving is just about here, December holidays are coming up fast, and the Boston restaurant world keeps turning. November was quite a busy month for both openings and closings: The Boston area said hello to a new izakaya in Brookline, a hotly anticipated farm-to-table restaurant that expanded from Concord to Boston proper, and lots more, while farewells included a three-decade-old Ethiopian restaurant in Boston, a tiny roast beef shop in a student-heavy area, and a gorgeous but short-lived Peruvian-Japanese restaurant in Bay Village.
Read on for a summary of November 2019, including the most-read news stories and maps, the openings, and the closings.
- Eater Awards 2019: Here Are the Boston Finalists: Narrowing down the playing field for best restaurant, design, and empire builder of the year.
- Boston’s Late 2019 Restaurant Openings, Updated Weekly: A roundup of pertinent updates on Boston-area restaurant openings.
- A Truly Farm-to-Table Restaurant Arrives in the Seaport District: Woods Hill Pier 4 opened on November 26.
- Boston-Area Beer News, Updated Weekly: A round-up of brewery updates and other booze news in and around Boston.
- A Major New York Restaurant Group Will Open a Rooftop Restaurant at a Boston Hotel: The Taj will reopen next spring as the Newbury, with Major Food Group running a rooftop restaurant as well as a bar.
- Boston’s Late 2019 Restaurant Closings, Updated Weekly: A roundup of pertinent updates on Boston-area restaurant closings (and announced closings that will take place later).
- Eat Ross’s Bribe Muffins and More in a Fake Central Perk at a Boston ‘Friends’ Pop-Up: In celebration of 25 years since the show debuted.
- A Sichuan Hot Pot Chain From China Will Open Its First American Location in Boston: Shu DaXia plans to open in the space currently occupied by Scoozi.
- A New Brookline Izakaya Is Dripping With Meaty Skewers: Ōmori Izakaya is now open in the former Best Burger Bar space.
- A Hanukkah-Themed Bar Will Pop Up in Somerville Next Month: Plus, a Korean food kiosk will open temporarily in Kendall Square, and more news.
- The Hottest Restaurants in Boston Right Now, Updated Monthly: Boston’s best new hot spots.
- The Best Dishes the Eater Boston Team Ate This Week: We’re sharing some of our current favorite dishes with you every Friday.
- Where to Eat at Boston Logan International Airport (BOS): The best meal of your life probably wasn’t in an airport, but if that’s where you need to be, here’s where to eat.
- 24 Boston-Area Ramen Destinations to Visit in Any Weather: Whether it’s a frigid winter day, a drizzly summer night, or anything in between, a hearty bowl of ramen is always in season.
- Where to Eat in Boston’s Chinatown: Go to these restaurants for dumplings and dim sum and noodles and sushi and so much more.
- Where to Eat Peking Duck in Boston’s Chinatown: Order ahead and prepare to feast at these five Chinatown spots.
- 24 Outstanding Boston-Area Sushi Restaurants: From simple perfection to mountains of gold flakes and truffles.
- Where to Eat Around Cambridgeport and West Cambridge: These 17 destinations cover everything from pastries to fine dining.
- Where to Eat Chicken Wings in and Around Boston: From Korean fried to Buffalo-style, these are the best wings in the Hub.
- The Ultimate Visitor’s Guide to Eating in Boston: Iconic dishes, neighborhood guides, essential eats, and more recommendations for the hungry tourist.
For a comprehensive list of November openings, check this weekly updated roundup. Here are a few highlights from the month:
- Woods Hill Pier 4, a truly farm-to-table restaurant (the owner also owns a farm and sources many of the restaurant’s ingredients from it) on the former site of Anthony’s Pier 4 in Boston’s Seaport District
- Ōmori Izakaya, a cozy tavern in Brookline Village serving a wide-ranging menu of Japanese food, including sushi, yakitori, and more
- Dryft, located in a glitzy new Revere Beach development and serving Neapolitan-style pizza, seafood, and more
- A new Brookline location of Soup Shack, a popular Jamaica Plain restaurant for soups inspired by Vietnam, Thailand, and Japan
For a comprehensive list of November closings, check this weekly updated roundup for details. A few sad farewells from the month:
- Nahita, a short-lived Peruvian-Japanese restaurant with a gorgeous design, located in the former Liquid Art House space in Boston’s Bay Village
- Addis Red Sea, a 31-year-old Ethiopian restaurant in Boston’s South End
- Bubor Cha Cha, a decade-old Chinatown restaurant that started out serving Malaysian, Thai, and Indonesian food but later switched its focus to Cantonese and dim sum
- Roast Beast, a tiny, popular roast beef shop near BU