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The Most Anticipated Boston Restaurant Openings and Reopenings of 2022: Comfort Kitchen, High Street Place, and More

Local food writers discuss what they’re excited about in the new year

As is Eater’s annual tradition, we’re closing out 2021 by surveying local food writers (including our own staff and contributors) on various restaurant-related topics, and we’re publishing their responses in these final days of the year. (Check the Year in Eater archive page for previous and subsequent posts in this series.)

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Previously, 2021 restaurant standbys, best meals of the year, and best pandemic pivots. Now: What restaurant debuts and/or reopenings are you most excited about for 2022?


MC Slim JB, restaurant critic at Boston.com (currently on pandemic hiatus; in the meantime, find him on social media channels as @mcslimjb):

“My list of new places to try and old faves to revisit is now 100+ deep. In a year of sorrows for restaurants that didn’t make it, I’m psyched for any place that isn’t a national chain outlet or helmed by World-Famous Absentee Chef Douchey McInstagram. But here are a few priorities anyway. Thanks to Eater Boston, I’m hungry for the new Cicada. I say hooray for Suasday, bringing Cambodian sandwiches to the overly homogeneous North End. Dear Annie has the formidable genes of Rebel Rebel and Field & Vine, and I’m thrilled to find another natural wine bar. I’m pulling for indie startup Judy’s Bay and love its notion of Eastern and Western seafood on one menu. Moeca should fill a big gap: never enough seats at sibling/neighbor Giulia. And in case you wonder whether I can ever keep up with that list, I’m still eight years late to the party at the China in Quincy, whose concept Boston desperately needs more of: a sports bar with traditional Chinese food.”

MC encourages readers to consider donating to Haley House, Community Servings, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Restaurant Worker Mutual Aid of Greater Boston, and community fridge programs in your neighborhood.


Jacqueline Cain, freelance writer and editor with The Food Lens, Edible Boston, Boston magazine, America’s Test Kitchen, and more:

“I love the trend of neighborhood grocery/bars meeting our moment: Eastie’s brand-new EBO & Co. Grocery counts, though you can’t have a drink there (unless they’ve popped a bottle for samples). Somerville’s Vinal General and Brighton’s Super Bien are both coming in 2022, with bar snacks, beverages by the glass, and shelves to shop for provisions from small and local makers to bring home to make something for dinner. Every neighborhood (especially mine :)) could use a place equipped with a liquor license and such good taste.”

Jackie encourages readers to consider donating to World Central Kitchen and your favorite local public radio station.


Marc Hurwitz, founder of Boston’s Hidden Restaurants and Boston Restaurant Talk, food/travel writer for Dig Boston and NBC Boston/NECN:

“Well, I’m hoping that the restaurant replacing the Red Hat in Beacon Hill will be much like the old Red Hat and I have a feeling it will be, so I’m excited about that. On a related note, I can’t wait for the Pour House in the Back Bay to return, and that won’t be changing at all, which is good news for so many of us. Also, I don’t know when it will return, but the Wenham Tea House is a special place, so when it does reopen, I’ll be there for sure.”

Marc encourages readers to consider donating to Arlington Eats and Haley House.


Nathan Tavares, freelance writer:

“I’m excited for Nomai, Brian Moy’s new spot opening in the Derby Street Shops, in Hingham soon. And (same answer as last year) all the goodies in High Street Place once it opens in March.”

Nathan encourages readers to consider donating to your local community fridges.


Eric Twardzik, freelance writer and contributor to the Food Lens, Boston.com, Boston magazine, Dig Boston, and Resy:

“If I can be broad, I look forward to what will replace all of the empty restaurant and bar spaces that now dot the local landscape — provided that they will be local, independent operators that can help restore much of the dynamism and originality that has been lost over the pandemic. About that: Let’s issue more liquor licenses!”

Eric encourages readers to consider donating to the Greg Hill Foundation.


Rachel Leah Blumenthal, editor of Eater Boston:

“Lots of exciting spots coming up in the new year! I’m particularly enthusiastic about La Royal, the Celeste sequel in Cambridge’s Huron Village; several projects with connections to current or former Dakzen folks; and everything at High Street Place and the Speedway. I also can’t wait to see what Comfort Kitchen does with their own space, considering how great their pop-ups have been this year. And I don’t know if it’ll end up being in 2022 or later, but I am ecstatic that Sally’s Apizza will be a much, much shorter drive from Boston. Even if it doesn’t quite live up to the original location, it’ll be an incredible addition to the Boston-area pizza scene.

And a few very recent openings that I haven’t checked out yet but am eagerly trying to fit into my schedule: Bar Volpe, Dear Annie, and Wusong Road (which is partially open now but will debut more fully in the new year).”

Rachel encourages readers to consider donating to Project Bread and a community fridge in your neighborhood.

The Red Hat

9 Bowdoin St, Boston, MA 02114 (617) 523-2175 Visit Website

Comfort Kitchen

611 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, MA 02125 Visit Website

High Street Place

100 High Street, , MA 02110 Visit Website

Wusong Road

112 Mount Auburn Street, , MA 02138 (617) 528-9125 Visit Website

La Royal

221 Concord Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138 Visit Website

Super Bien

525 Western Ave., Brighton, MA 02135 Visit Website

Pour House Bar & Grill

907 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115 (617) 236-1767 Visit Website
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