The 5 p.m. sunsets are over. The snow is... well, it would be melting if it had stuck around for longer than a few days this winter. In any case, it’s time for the spring — and Boston’s springtime crop of restaurant openings. From a coastal French restaurant by a savvy South End restaurant group to the ever-expanding Seaport lineup, read on for everything to know about the new restaurants popping up around town from March ‘til May.
The proprietors of some of Boston’s hottest downtown restaurants and bars — Greek spots Krasi, Greco, and subterranean cocktail spot Hecate — are gearing up for their latest opening in Brookline. Bar Vlaha is a rustic Greek restaurant focused on the food of the Vlachs, complete with savory pies and spit-roasted meats.
Fields West is a laid-back restaurant and bar headed into the spot where neighborhood tavern the Glenville Stops once stood. Pair beet tartare, cacio e pepe tater tots, poutine, and pretzels with an in-depth draft list featuring some of New England’s finest, including Von Trapp and Zero Gravity.
Borrachito and the Garret Bar
NYC restaurant team the Garret Group is bringing their East Village taqueria-cocktail bar combo to the Seaport. Borrachito will serve a variety of tacos out front, and then customers will be able to slip behind a freezer door to get into the Garret Bar, a speakeasy-style cocktail den.
This may be a first for the city: A BYOB bar is opening in Brookline, from the team behind BYOB Italian-rooted restaurant Cobble. Bring your own booze, and the bar will take care of the snacks, mixers, ice, cocktail equipment, and garnishes.
A self-titled “Jewish tavern and house of learning,” Lehrhaus is a little bit of a lot of things: restaurant, library, cocktail bar, and a place to hang out and get steeped in Jewish culture. Juliet alum Noah Clickstein is leading the kitchen with a menu centered around food of the Jewish diaspora.
Eventide’s famous brown butter lobster rolls aren’t exactly new to town, but they have been on hiatus since the the restaurant shut down for a revamp in January. The renovations are nearly complete, according to the team, and Eventide will be re-introduced to Fenway this spring with a new, full bar, courtesy of a freshly acquired liquor license.
The chic restaurant group behind breezy French spots Petit Robert Bistro in the South End and Batifol in Kendall Square are dipping their toes in a beachier setting for Marseille, a Mediterranean restaurant in the South End focused on the coastal fare of southern France.
Attorney-turned-baker Thomas Ferté is readying his East Somerville bakery Michette for a spring debut. For those who want a sneak bite ahead of time, the bakery is selling goodies for weekend pick-up including focaccia and buckwheat chocolate chunk cookies.
Medium Rare Lounge
Medium Rare Lounge will be a less expensive, more casual sibling to the swanky Encore steakhouse Rare. In other words, instead of ordering dry-aged tomahawks, Medium Rare is where you’ll find steak frites and a fancy grilled cheese made with jalapeno and shallot marmalade. Rare chef Megan Vaughn will lead the kitchen at both restaurants.
Nick Treenawong, a former manager at the Mad Monkfish — a sushi spot that often features live jazz — and his family are behind this forthcoming pub in Downtown Crossing.
The Eaves is the latest restaurant from the award-winning team behind Vietnamese coffee shop and cafe Cicada Coffee Bar. Details are slim at this point, but it looks like it’s going to be a similarly vibey space in Somerville’s Bow Market.
SAVR, a riff on the St. Regis motto to “savor the moment,” is a waterfront bistro coming to the St. Regis Residences at the Seaport. There will be seafood, pasta, a wood-fired grill, and lots of sunset views over the harbor.
Grace by Nia
Grace by Nia is a hotly anticipated Seaport supper club from Nia Grace, the owner of jazz and Southern comfort food destination Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen. Think Darryl’s vibes, but with 5,000 square feet of space, two levels, and a stage for musicians on the main floor.