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Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus in Chinatown
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One 2017 Restaurant Opening to Know in Every Boston Neighborhood

Catch up on the year’s new restaurants one neighborhood at a time

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Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus in Chinatown
| Rachel Leah Blumenthal for Eater

2017 has been a very busy year for restaurant openings. Some neighborhoods have seen more openings than others, but throughout the city of Boston, there are lots of new and exciting places to try.

Too many, perhaps.

To help narrow your to-try list, here’s one 2017 opening you should know about in each Boston neighborhood. Some are straight-up outstanding on a citywide scale, some are unique to their areas, others are quirky and wonderful under-the-radar spots; all are worth exploring.

A few notes on geography: In short, we’re using the phrase “every Boston neighborhood” a little bit loosely here. We started with Boston’s official list of 23 neighborhoods but made a few arbitrary decisions to split some of those down further into popular squares or sub-districts, based on areas that we regularly cover and describe as neighborhoods. Fort Point and the Seaport District, for example, are not on Boston’s official neighborhood list, but they are designations that come up very frequently on Eater Boston. (Technically, they’re part of South Boston.) Dorchester is huge, so we’re including openings from a few different neighborhoods within it. We also omitted two official neighborhoods that didn’t have any restaurant openings in 2017, Bay Village and Hyde Park. (Did we miss an opening? Let us know.)

Map points are ordered geographically from north to south, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. East Boston: Luna's Italian & Latin Cuisine

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945 Saratoga St
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 418-5321
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There’s a little bit of everything at this neighborhood spot in Eastie’s Orient Heights; it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week, and it draws inspiration from Italy as well as Latin America. Start the day with chilaquiles or dulce de leche stuffed French toast — perhaps with “Luna’s iced coffee” (it’s got vanilla bean gelato and chocolate fudge in it) on the side. Lunchtime is for bread bowls of chowder, salads, arepas, and “lunawiches.” And for dinner, there are pastas, paella, steak tips, and more.

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A sandwich at Luna’s
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2. Charlestown: Madera 83 Tapas Bar and Kitchen

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83 Main St
Boston, MA 02129
(617) 242-6009
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Tangierino had been around forever (well, approaching two decades), but owner Samad Naamad decided that it was time to change things up this year, moving away from the Moroccan and French menu and rebranding the restaurant into Madera 83 Tapas Bar and Kitchen, a Spanish restaurant. (Tangierino sort of lives on; the downstairs hookah bar remains open under the name Tangierino, but it serves the new tapas menu, not the old Moroccan and French menu.) Naamad snagged Townsman alum Matthew Leddy to be executive chef, and the team is “getting most of the venerable Spanish tavern formula comfortingly right,” The Improper Bostonian’s restaurant critic, MC Slim JB, wrote, noting that it’s the type of place “guaranteed to launch a few thousand successful first dates.”

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Food at Madera 83
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3. North End: North Square Oyster

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5 N Square
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 829-4975
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Once in a while, the North End sees the opening of a restaurant that is not Italian. In 2017, it was North Square Oyster, and it’s one of the best new spots in the neighborhood — and the city as a whole. (Chef Douglas Rodrigues was a nominee for this year’s Chef of the Year category of the Eater Awards.) Steps from the Paul Revere House, this sibling restaurant to Ward 8 serves up a taste of classic New England with enough modern spins to keep things interesting. Don’t miss the French onion soup, lobster roll, or lobster and oxtail bolognese. And Game of Thrones fans should keep their eyes peeled for Maisie Williams, who really seems to love the place.

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Oysters at North Square Oyster
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4. West End: Bodega Canal

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57 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 833-4885
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The Ward 8 team was busy this year. In addition to the aforementioned North Square Oyster, they also opened the multi-level Bodega Canal near TD Garden, serving tacos, ceviche, margaritas, and more in the former Grand Canal space.

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Tacos at Bodega Canal
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5. Allston: Our Fathers

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197 N Harvard St
Boston, MA 02134
(617) 303-0101
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Boston doesn’t have nearly as many Jewish delicatessens as it should. Mamaleh’s upped the city’s game in 2016, and 2017 brought the arrival of Our Fathers, the latest from the group behind Tasty Burger, Citizen Public House, and Franklin Cafe. Our Fathers features two sections: a takeout deli and a full-service restaurant (complete with a gin-focused bar). Note: The full-service restaurant’s menu veers more modern Israeli than deli, aside from a couple sandwiches, so if it’s bagels and lox you’re after, head to the takeout side.

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Bagel and accoutrements at Our Fathers
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6. Beacon Hill: New Sushi, Inc.

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106 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114
(857) 277-0981
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Beacon Hill had a quiet year; aside from the reopening (finally) of Figs post-fire, there was only one other opening on our radar, New Sushi, Inc. 2017 was a year of poke bowls and sushi burritos, and the small, counter-service New Sushi, Inc’s got ‘em both. The restaurant comes from the owner of a Medford all-you-can-eat sushi spot, Nijiya, as well as Hoshi-ya in Brighton.

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Sushi burrito at New Sushi, Inc.
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7. Downtown Boston: Cultivar

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1 Court St
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 979-8203
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Downtown Boston had everything from a Caddyshack-themed bar to a cult favorite NYC-based halal chicken chain open this year, but there’s one restaurant in particular that diners definitely should not miss: Cultivar. Chef-owner Mary Dumont was Eater Boston’s chef of the year for 2017 — snagging both the editor’s choice and readers’ choice awards — and she’s serving up beautiful food in a beautiful space that feels like spring year-round. Dine on dishes such as seafood platters, snail toast, and squid ink pasta while working your way through the gin-focused cocktail menu, and absolutely save room for dessert.

Cultivar squid ink messinesi
A divided portion of squid ink messinesi at Cultivar
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8. Chinatown: Ruckus

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5 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(857) 305-3129
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The Shōjō team can do no wrong, opening modern, high-energy spots that add to the neighborhood without taking anything away from it. The team’s latest venture, Ruckus, describes itself as a pan-Asian noodle house, although most of its dishes are a play on Japanese cuisine, particularly ramen. Ruckus doesn’t take itself too seriously, offering up a menu with dishes called “Miso Lit Ramen!!!” and “The Dope Yolk,” not to mention “swag” such as “umami bombs” that diners can add to dishes.

A bowl of ramen with saffron, a soft egg, seaweed, and chopped vegetables
Black garlic mazemen at Ruckus
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9. Leather District: Amateras Ramen

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112 South St
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 956-4068
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Boston technically lumps the Leather District in with Chinatown, but the little neighborhood near South Station has its own distinct personality — and several of its own new restaurant openings in 2017 — so we’ve separated it out here. If you’re going to run out to one new Leather District restaurant, make it Amateras, a Japanese restaurant that was first announced way back in 2014. It’s finally open, serving a few kinds of ramen, along with maze soba and more. “Some of the best bowls of noodles in town,” per Catherine Smart in a Boston Globe review.

Maze soba from Amateras
Maze soba from Amateras
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10. South Boston (Seaport District): Tuscan Kitchen

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64 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 303-7300
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The Seaport District seemingly had more openings than any other neighborhood this year — mostly expansions of chains, both local and non-local, some good and some less so. There were big clubs, there was vegan food, there was coffee, there were bagels. If you only have time to visit one new Seaport District spot in the near future, it should be Tuscan Kitchen for upscale Italian. It’s part of a small local chain that just has a few locations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The space is quite stately and spans a massive 14,000 square feet, and the ambiance lends itself to power lunches as well as date nights.

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Pasta at Tuscan Kitchen
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11. South Boston (Fort Point): Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

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253 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 369-0931
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Lolita has always drawn crowds at its longtime Back Bay location, and now the group behind it (also behind Yvonne’s and Ruka) is going bigger and better with the second Lolita, located in a sprawling, dark hideaway below street level in Fort Point. The attractive space is paired with a solid menu of dishes like hot chicken tacos and seared shrimp Oaxaca — definitely get both of those — not to mention Lolita’s signature cotton candy that comes with the bill. Also important: frozen margaritas, aka “frolitas.”

Spicy tuna chilindrinas at Lolita Fort Point
Spicy tuna chilindrinas at Lolita Fort Point
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12. Back Bay: Moon Bar

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304 Stuart Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 917-5193
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Out in Concord, 80 Thoreau has been serving up sophisticated New American cuisine for the better part of a decade, so Bostonian fans of the restaurant were excited to learn that 80 Thoreau would get a Boston proper sibling. First announced in late 2015, Mooncusser Fish House debuted in Back Bay in summer 2017, harnessing a good deal of 80 Thoreau’s magic and serving it in a stately upstairs space looking out onto the Castle at Park Plaza. It’s certainly worth a visit, but its prices veer into special occasion territory; for many diners, the more fun — and less pricey — option is its casual wine bar on street level, Moon Bar. Eat a lobster roll and drink wine at the bright, triangular bar, and don’t worry about reservations — walk-ins are always accepted.

Lobster roll and fish tacos at Moon Bar
Lobster roll and fish tacos at Moon Bar
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13. Brighton: South of the Clouds

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412A Market St
Brighton, MA 02135
(617) 787-1686
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There are very few places to get Yunnan-style rice noodle soups — “crossing the bridge” noodles — in Boston; South of the Clouds is one of them (and the only other local spot to really specialize in the dish is Wen’s Yunnan Noodle & Ramen in Back Bay). South of the Clouds replaced Umai on Market Street over the summer and serves a few different rice noodle soups, as well as appetizers such as five spice roast beef, spicy pork ear, and Chinese yam with blueberry.

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A noodle soup at South of the Clouds
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14. Fenway-Kenmore: Eventide Fenway

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1321 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 545-1060
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Probably the most highly anticipated opening of the year, Eventide Fenway is the fast-casual sibling to Portland, Maine’s ultra-popular Eventide Oyster Co. There are brown butter lobster rolls (and brown butter soft serve), plenty of oysters (not to mention fried oyster buns), crudos, lobster stew, a burger, and more. While it’s a low-key, counter-service spot, servers do roam around so that you can place additional orders once you’re settled in. You’re obviously going to need some more oysters and another round of bubbly.

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Fried chicken katsu sandwich at Eventide Fenway
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15. South End: Frenchie Wine Bistro

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560 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02118
(857) 233-5941
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Not every great restaurant opening needs to reinvent the wheel or introduce the city to a hard-to-find cuisine. Sometimes we all just need a truly classic spot, like a cozy French bistro that serves wine and coq au vin and escargot toast and onion soup. Frenchie swooped into the South End this year to provide that (and then some).

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French toast at Frenchie
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16. South Boston: Publico Street Bistro & Garden

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11 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 622-5700
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Publico is one of the most attractive openings of the year — especially its greenery- and fire-bedecked courtyard — and its menu hits plenty of fun, comforting notes, from fish tacos to bolognese to steak frites. The beer selection is non-pretentious and stays under $10, and the wines by the glass don’t go too much higher than that.

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Perrito caliente at Publico
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17. Mission Hill: Laughing Monk Cafe

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737 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 232-8000
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The tagline is “Thai by day, sushi by night,” but you can get either one whenever you’d like at Laughing Monk Cafe, which opened this year in the former SoulFire BBQ space. Sushi lovers should skip right to the “Nickiri” section of the menu, featuring signature nigiri from sushi chef Nick Korboon, an O Ya alum. Plus, keep an eye out for the return of Laughing Monk’s “hybrid omakase” option, which is currently on hiatus. Also coming soon: beer, wine, and sake.

Fresh rolls at Laughing Monk Cafe
Fresh rolls at Laughing Monk Cafe
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18. Roxbury: Top Mix Bar & Kitchen

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257 Norfolk Ave
Boston, MA 02119
(617) 652-8976
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This November replacement to Chin’s Bar & Grill near the South Bay Center has been racking up rave reviews in its early days. Top Mix emphasizes its cocktails (including pineapple mojitos and a variety of martinis) and serves dishes like sweet plantain ravioli, fish tacos, and maple bacon burgers. Plus, there are pool tables. Open daily until 1 a.m.

Honey hot wings at Top Mix Bar & Kitchen
Honey hot wings at Top Mix Bar & Kitchen
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19. Jamaica Plain: Turtle Swamp Brewing

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3377 Washington St
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 522-0030
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Jamaica Plain was all about the beer this year. The one opening to know is Turtle Swamp Brewing, which joins only Sam Adams in JP beer territory. (Sam Adams also made some changes this year, debuting its first real taproom as well as a barrel-aging cellar.) Turtle Swamp opened in the spring and has been a bit of a work in progress all year; while its seasonal patio was in full swing in the warmer months, the indoor taproom wasn’t quite ready, but it’s all open now, serving up pints of JP Porter, All Ears Golden Ale (made with all Massachusetts ingredients), Toll Gate (an IPA), and more. Dog-friendly and kid-friendly.

Turtle Swamp Brewing’s Toll Gate
Turtle Swamp Brewing’s Toll Gate
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20. Dorchester (Fields Corner): Coco Leaf

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1480 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02122
(617) 506-0010
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This Southeast Asian dessert shop — which especially focuses on Vietnamese sweets, such as chè, a soup-like dessert — has a chef with a pretty serious resume. Somath Om has worked at Boston’s acclaimed sushi destination O Ya, as well as Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, which holds three Michelin stars and routinely ends up at or near the top of “world’s best restaurant” lists. Head to Coco Leaf to see what a fine-dining chef can whip up in a fast-casual, cozy cafe atmosphere.

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A Coco Leaf dessert
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21. Dorchester (St. Marks): Zia Gianna

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1739 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02124
(617) 436-2368
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For a sweet taste of Sicily, head to Zia Gianna, a cafe that serves up several types of tiramisu, a variety of espresso options (including one made with a housemade Nutella pastry cream), omelets, breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and salads. Ticketed dinner events may arrive in the future as well, along with Sicilian street food, booze, and more. Chef Nino Barbalace comes from an architecture background and earned a PhD in the history and conservation of historic heritage. “At some point architecture was no longer enough for me,” he previously told Eater. “So instead of working on how to assemble buildings, I decided to start assembling cakes, pies, sandwiches, lasagna, and arancini.”

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Nonna’s Pie at Zia Gianna
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22. West Roxbury: Local 338 Bagels & Coffee

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1727 Centre St
Boston, MA 02132
(857) 203-9770
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The name Local 338 refers to an old New York City bagel bakers union that was around for much of the twentieth century. The bagels at the new West Roxbury cafe are from New York as well; they’re partially made there, frozen, shipped here, and finished off. Local 338 also serves bagel sandwiches, coffee, and more.

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Bagels at Local 338
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23. Roslindale: Trillium Garden at Roslindale Substation

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4228 Washington St
Boston, MA 02131

Roslindale suffered a string of disappointments this year: the closing of Seven Star Street Bistro; Exodus Bagels’s change of plans to open a storefront in Jamaica Plain instead of Roslindale (at least for now); the cancelation of the three-year-old plan for Ashmont Grill and Tavolo’s Chris Douglass to open a restaurant at the old substation. But all was not lost, especially at the substation, which is now home to a temporary Trillium Brewing outpost. The Trillium Garden — a winter version of the brewery’s popular summer spot on the Greenway — will likely remain open into the spring. (And come spring, Roslindale may get a new brewery called Distraction Brewing Company in the former Emack & Bolio’s space on Belgrade Avenue. Like Jamaica Plain, Roslindale seems to be more about beer than food at the moment.)

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Trillium’s Farnsworth Street IPA
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24. Dorchester (Lower Mills): Yellow Door Taqueria

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2297 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02124
(857) 267-4201
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Yellow Door Taqueria — located in a space that was once home to an antique shop and an apothecary — serves Cali-Mex cuisine from a chef who hails from Southern California, Colton Coburn-Wood. If you’re seeking fruit-flavored margaritas, tacos, and ceviche, this is the spot. There’s a pretty substantial tequila selection too.

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Tacos at Yellow Door Taqueria
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25. Mattapan: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

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1614 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA 02126
(617) 696-6200
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Mattapan sees very few new restaurant openings each year — and doesn’t have any liquor licenses — but one 2017 restaurant debut was a franchise of the fast-casual Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, which has over 100 locations spread across a handful of states. (Massachusetts has one other location, which is in Springfield.) Golden Krust serves a variety of meat- and vegetable-stuffed patties, jerk chicken and fish sandwiches, braised oxtail, curried goat, bulla cakes, and more.

Porridge and coco bread from Golden Krust
Porridge and coco bread from Golden Krust
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1. East Boston: Luna's Italian & Latin Cuisine

945 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128
A sandwich at Luna’s
A sandwich at Luna’s
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There’s a little bit of everything at this neighborhood spot in Eastie’s Orient Heights; it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week, and it draws inspiration from Italy as well as Latin America. Start the day with chilaquiles or dulce de leche stuffed French toast — perhaps with “Luna’s iced coffee” (it’s got vanilla bean gelato and chocolate fudge in it) on the side. Lunchtime is for bread bowls of chowder, salads, arepas, and “lunawiches.” And for dinner, there are pastas, paella, steak tips, and more.

945 Saratoga St
Boston, MA 02128

2. Charlestown: Madera 83 Tapas Bar and Kitchen

83 Main St, Boston, MA 02129
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Food at Madera 83
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Tangierino had been around forever (well, approaching two decades), but owner Samad Naamad decided that it was time to change things up this year, moving away from the Moroccan and French menu and rebranding the restaurant into Madera 83 Tapas Bar and Kitchen, a Spanish restaurant. (Tangierino sort of lives on; the downstairs hookah bar remains open under the name Tangierino, but it serves the new tapas menu, not the old Moroccan and French menu.) Naamad snagged Townsman alum Matthew Leddy to be executive chef, and the team is “getting most of the venerable Spanish tavern formula comfortingly right,” The Improper Bostonian’s restaurant critic, MC Slim JB, wrote, noting that it’s the type of place “guaranteed to launch a few thousand successful first dates.”

83 Main St
Boston, MA 02129

3. North End: North Square Oyster

5 N Square, Boston, MA 02113
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Oysters at North Square Oyster
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Once in a while, the North End sees the opening of a restaurant that is not Italian. In 2017, it was North Square Oyster, and it’s one of the best new spots in the neighborhood — and the city as a whole. (Chef Douglas Rodrigues was a nominee for this year’s Chef of the Year category of the Eater Awards.) Steps from the Paul Revere House, this sibling restaurant to Ward 8 serves up a taste of classic New England with enough modern spins to keep things interesting. Don’t miss the French onion soup, lobster roll, or lobster and oxtail bolognese. And Game of Thrones fans should keep their eyes peeled for Maisie Williams, who really seems to love the place.

5 N Square
Boston, MA 02113

4. West End: Bodega Canal

57 Canal St, Boston, MA 02114
tacos at bodega canal
Tacos at Bodega Canal
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The Ward 8 team was busy this year. In addition to the aforementioned North Square Oyster, they also opened the multi-level Bodega Canal near TD Garden, serving tacos, ceviche, margaritas, and more in the former Grand Canal space.

57 Canal St
Boston, MA 02114

5. Allston: Our Fathers

197 N Harvard St, Boston, MA 02134
Food at Our Fathers Delicatessen
Bagel and accoutrements at Our Fathers
Wayne Earl Chinnock for Our Fathers

Boston doesn’t have nearly as many Jewish delicatessens as it should. Mamaleh’s upped the city’s game in 2016, and 2017 brought the arrival of Our Fathers, the latest from the group behind Tasty Burger, Citizen Public House, and Franklin Cafe. Our Fathers features two sections: a takeout deli and a full-service restaurant (complete with a gin-focused bar). Note: The full-service restaurant’s menu veers more modern Israeli than deli, aside from a couple sandwiches, so if it’s bagels and lox you’re after, head to the takeout side.

197 N Harvard St
Boston, MA 02134

6. Beacon Hill: New Sushi, Inc.

106 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114
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Sushi burrito at New Sushi, Inc.
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Beacon Hill had a quiet year; aside from the reopening (finally) of Figs post-fire, there was only one other opening on our radar, New Sushi, Inc. 2017 was a year of poke bowls and sushi burritos, and the small, counter-service New Sushi, Inc’s got ‘em both. The restaurant comes from the owner of a Medford all-you-can-eat sushi spot, Nijiya, as well as Hoshi-ya in Brighton.

106 Cambridge St
Boston, MA 02114

7. Downtown Boston: Cultivar

1 Court St, Boston, MA 02108
Cultivar squid ink messinesi
A divided portion of squid ink messinesi at Cultivar
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Downtown Boston had everything from a Caddyshack-themed bar to a cult favorite NYC-based halal chicken chain open this year, but there’s one restaurant in particular that diners definitely should not miss: Cultivar. Chef-owner Mary Dumont was Eater Boston’s chef of the year for 2017 — snagging both the editor’s choice and readers’ choice awards — and she’s serving up beautiful food in a beautiful space that feels like spring year-round. Dine on dishes such as seafood platters, snail toast, and squid ink pasta while working your way through the gin-focused cocktail menu, and absolutely save room for dessert.

1 Court St
Boston, MA 02108

8. Chinatown: Ruckus

5 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
A bowl of ramen with saffron, a soft egg, seaweed, and chopped vegetables
Black garlic mazemen at Ruckus
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The Shōjō team can do no wrong, opening modern, high-energy spots that add to the neighborhood without taking anything away from it. The team’s latest venture, Ruckus, describes itself as a pan-Asian noodle house, although most of its dishes are a play on Japanese cuisine, particularly ramen. Ruckus doesn’t take itself too seriously, offering up a menu with dishes called “Miso Lit Ramen!!!” and “The Dope Yolk,” not to mention “swag” such as “umami bombs” that diners can add to dishes.

5 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

9. Leather District: Amateras Ramen

112 South St, Boston, MA 02111
Maze soba from Amateras
Maze soba from Amateras
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Boston technically lumps the Leather District in with Chinatown, but the little neighborhood near South Station has its own distinct personality — and several of its own new restaurant openings in 2017 — so we’ve separated it out here. If you’re going to run out to one new Leather District restaurant, make it Amateras, a Japanese restaurant that was first announced way back in 2014. It’s finally open, serving a few kinds of ramen, along with maze soba and more. “Some of the best bowls of noodles in town,” per Catherine Smart in a Boston Globe review.

112 South St
Boston, MA 02111

10. South Boston (Seaport District): Tuscan Kitchen

64 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
Pasta at Tuscan Kitchen
Pasta at Tuscan Kitchen
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The Seaport District seemingly had more openings than any other neighborhood this year — mostly expansions of chains, both local and non-local, some good and some less so. There were big clubs, there was vegan food, there was coffee, there were bagels. If you only have time to visit one new Seaport District spot in the near future, it should be Tuscan Kitchen for upscale Italian. It’s part of a small local chain that just has a few locations in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The space is quite stately and spans a massive 14,000 square feet, and the ambiance lends itself to power lunches as well as date nights.

64 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

11. South Boston (Fort Point): Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar

253 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
Spicy tuna chilindrinas at Lolita Fort Point
Spicy tuna chilindrinas at Lolita Fort Point
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Lolita has always drawn crowds at its longtime Back Bay location, and now the group behind it (also behind Yvonne’s and Ruka) is going bigger and better with the second Lolita, located in a sprawling, dark hideaway below street level in Fort Point. The attractive space is paired with a solid menu of dishes like hot chicken tacos and seared shrimp Oaxaca — definitely get both of those — not to mention Lolita’s signature cotton candy that comes with the bill. Also important: frozen margaritas, aka “frolitas.”

253 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

12. Back Bay: Moon Bar

304 Stuart Street, 1st Floor, Boston, MA 02116
Lobster roll and fish tacos at Moon Bar
Lobster roll and fish tacos at Moon Bar
Brian Samuels for Moon Bar

Out in Concord, 80 Thoreau has been serving up sophisticated New American cuisine for the better part of a decade, so Bostonian fans of the restaurant were excited to learn that 80 Thoreau would get a Boston proper sibling. First announced in late 2015, Mooncusser Fish House debuted in Back Bay in summer 2017, harnessing a good deal of 80 Thoreau’s magic and serving it in a stately upstairs space looking out onto the Castle at Park Plaza. It’s certainly worth a visit, but its prices veer into special occasion territory; for many diners, the more fun — and less pricey — option is its casual wine bar on street level, Moon Bar. Eat a lobster roll and drink wine at the bright, triangular bar, and don’t worry about reservations — walk-ins are always accepted.

304 Stuart Street, 1st Floor
Boston, MA 02116

13. Brighton: South of the Clouds

412A Market St, Brighton, MA 02135
Chinese rice noodle soup
A noodle soup at South of the Clouds
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There are very few places to get Yunnan-style rice noodle soups — “crossing the bridge” noodles — in Boston; South of the Clouds is one of them (and the only other local spot to really specialize in the dish is Wen’s Yunnan Noodle & Ramen in Back Bay). South of the Clouds replaced Umai on Market Street over the summer and serves a few different rice noodle soups, as well as appetizers such as five spice roast beef, spicy pork ear, and Chinese yam with blueberry.

412A Market St
Brighton, MA 02135

14. Fenway-Kenmore: Eventide Fenway

1321 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
A slab of fried chicken sits on a hamburger bun, topped with iceberg and condiments. It’s served on a tray with paper that reads Eventide.
Fried chicken katsu sandwich at Eventide Fenway
Sarah Storrer for Eater

Probably the most highly anticipated opening of the year, Eventide Fenway is the fast-casual sibling to Portland, Maine’s ultra-popular Eventide Oyster Co. There are brown butter lobster rolls (and brown butter soft serve), plenty of oysters (not to mention fried oyster buns), crudos, lobster stew, a burger, and more. While it’s a low-key, counter-service spot, servers do roam around so that you can place additional orders once you’re settled in. You’re obviously going to need some more oysters and another round of bubbly.

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