Boston’s first big snowstorm of the year has arrived, and it’s time to dig the sleds and snow pants out of storage, plan some complicated baking projects, and figure out which local restaurants are serving boozy hot chocolate on their fire pit-bedecked patios.
Bookmark this page: Updated frequently throughout the season, this will be your place to find out how to make the most of winter in Boston — and beyond — in terms of what to eat, drink, and cook. Whether you’re looking for the best soups at Boston-area restaurants or a guide to a winter-friendly getaway in Portland, Maine, you’ll find it here.
Have a burning question about local winter dining that’s not yet answered here? Email email@example.com and we’ll do our best to help out.
This page was originally published on January 7, 2022; the date of the most recent update appears above.
Jump to a section:
- Local maps and guides
- New England travel maps and guides
- Outdoor dining, including heated patios, igloos, yurts, and more
- Seasonal pop-ups and such (a ski lodge-inspired indoor patio, a bar by a skating rink, and more)
- Stay home (takeout and delivery; cooking, baking, and entertaining)
- Stay in the loop (how to follow Eater for news all season long)
- As of January 15, restaurants in the city of Boston will need to see proof of vaccination for those dining indoors; here’s a running list of Boston restaurants that are already requiring proof as well as restaurants outside of Boston (Cambridge, Somerville, etc.) that are requiring proof as well.
- Here’s a running list of Boston-area restaurants that have opened or reopened in winter 2022, including Toscanini’s, Wusong Road, and more.
- And here’s a running list of local restaurant closures this season, including Bar Lyon, Anh Hong, and more.
More to come. What do you want to eat when it’s cold? Let us know.
- A dozen hot new restaurants to try in January 2022, including Bar Volpe, Dear Annie, and Café Sauvage
- Boston’s best spots for hot chocolate, boozy and not, including Gâté Comme Des Filles at Bow Market, Alcove, and L.A. Burdick
- Superb soups in and near Boston, including khao soi and tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen, udon at Yume Ga Arukara, and spicy tomato soup at Sportello
- Or more specifically, the best ramen, udon, and chowder in and near Boston
- Or maybe you’d like to order a single slice of cake, dumplings, or hand-pulled nooodles
- In need of food or have extra to give? Here’s a growing database of community fridges in and around Boston
Looking for a winter-friendly road trip from Boston filled with good food and drink? Try one of these.
- What to eat and drink during an off-season weekend in Provincetown
- How to make the most of a quick, off-season trip to Portland, Maine
- Four Maine winter adventures that end with good beer
- Where to eat and drink in Vermont’s Mad River Valley
Visit our winter outdoor dining map for 30 Boston-area restaurants that have heated patios and/or private heated igloos, yurts, or greenhouses and intend to keep them open throughout all or most of winter 2022.
Get ski lodge vibes without leaving the city.
- Après Skate Bar at Time Out Market Boston (401 Park Dr., Fenway, Boston): There’s a skating rink at Time Out Market Boston, and the Skate Bar will be operating through March 6 on Fridays (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and weekends (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.). On the menu: hot drinks with and without alcohol, including hot chocolate, hot apple cider, hot buttered rum, and more, as well as non-hot drinks like local beers. For food, there are soft pretzels and Liege waffles from Eastern Standard Provisions Co.
- The Lodge at Publico Street Bistro (11 Dorchester St., South Boston): The South Boston restaurant is continuing its annual tradition of turning its interior courtyard into a ski lodge-inspired space; it’ll be operational through the end of March, open Thursday through Sunday. There are flannel blankets, fire pits, heated lounge areas, and artificial snow to set the mood, with a menu of lodge-inspired snacks and drinks (including a Shot-Ski and hot drinks).
- Snowport (88 Seaport Blvd., Seaport District, Boston): WS Development, which is behind Boston Seaport (a giant development project within Boston’s Seaport District), is hosting Snowport through February 28, a lineup of winter activities (like curling), events, markets, and more. Find a full schedule and other details, including information on other Snowport activities, at the Boston Seaport website.
Between snowstorms and COVID surges, it’s a great season to spend some time cozying up at home and enjoying some cooking projects as well as takeout and delivery from your local favorites.
- Sign up for a local food or drink subscription package to get spices, oysters, wines, and lots more delivered right to your doorstep.
- Here are some of the takeout and delivery options that kept the Eater Boston team going in 2021; maybe you’ll find a new favorite or be reminded of an old standby.
- Or try an interesting takeout package from a local restaurant, from red-sauce Italian to omakase to suckling pig.
- Buy a cookbook from a local restaurant or two to make your favorite dishes at home.
- Take a virtual cooking class from a local restaurant or business. A more extensive list is coming soon, but for now, browse the options at places like Mei Mei, Flour Bakery & Cafe (via MasterClass), and Curio Spice Co.
- Visit Eater at Home, Eater’s headquarters for recipes, cooking advice, entertaining ideas, and more.
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