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Overhead view of a round black plate with chunks of braised beef in a thick, light brown sauce, with herbs and potato balls.
Braised beef cheeks and fried potato puffs at Coquette.
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The Hottest New Restaurants in Boston, October 2021

New restaurants to try in and around Boston, featuring braised beef cheeks in the Seaport, vegan Mediterranean cuisine in Somerville, and more

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Braised beef cheeks and fried potato puffs at Coquette.
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More often than not, friends, family, and readers of Eater have a single burning question: Where should I eat right now? The Eater Heatmap, updated monthly, is where restaurant obsessives can find what's new and exciting — where to get the latest giant bowl of ramen, exquisite tiramisu, epic seafood tower, and more.

New to the map in the October 2021 update: Coquette in Boston’s Seaport District, Geppetto in East Cambridge, and Hub Hall in Boston’s West End.

To see restaurants from past versions of the Heatmap, visit the archive.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ōmori Izakaya and Sushi

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166 Eastern Ave
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 321-8600
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It’s only been a couple years since Ōmori Izakaya debuted in Brookline Village, but the Japanese pub has already expanded to Malden, where its booze-friendly snacks, particularly yakitori and kushiyaki (skewers of grilled meats), are making a splash. There’s plenty of sushi, too. Keep an eye out for lunch specials and shochu-based cocktails.

Two wooden skewers of meat on a blue plate — one with pieces of Japanese sausage and one with bacon-wrapped scallops - with a side of greens and sliced cherry tomatoes.
Kurobuta sausage and bacon and scallop skewers at Ōmori Izakaya’s original Brookline location.
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2. Premiere on Broadway

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517 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 996-6838
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Those who have followed chef Dan Bazzinotti’s career from Bisq to Eataly know that his charcuterie is a must. He’s at the helm of new Magoun Square restaurant and music venue Premiere on Broadway, showcasing a mix of house-made and imported charcuterie, local cheeses, and more on a big antipasti board alongside a menu of Italian-American hits. Longtime fans also know to seek out Bazzinotti’s Peruvian beef hearts; at Premiere, one can add them to the gnocchi dish, which is served with corn and smoked ricotta.

A round white dish is full of plump potato gnocchi with thin, charred pieces of beef on top. It sits on a black tabletop with a dark teal booth visible in the background.
Premiere on Broadway’s potato gnocchi with corn, butter, smoked ricotta, and Peruvian beef hearts.
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3. Littleburg

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5 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 863-6652
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Pop-up-turned-restaurant Littleburg is a tiny vegan takeout and meal delivery spot in a sort of hidden Somerville garage. If that doesn’t immediately sound like your thing, give it a chance anyway: Drawing inspiration from Mediterranean food, Littleburg serves vegan food unlike any you’ve tried before, the kind that’ll make even the most ardent carnivore happily forego meat for a meal.

Overhead view of a triangular hand pie stuffed with Brussels sprouts. On the side, there’s a small clear bowl with a scoop of a thick white sauce and a pickled garnish.
Littleburg’s fatayer with Brussels sprouts.
Littleburg

4. Drifter's Tale

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1281 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 714-5712
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Inman Square’s new gastropub Drifter’s Tale aims to take diners around the world by way of global street foods, from Argentinian empanadas to moules frites to falafel bites. The dirty bird and seafood paella are proving to be popular hits among early visitors, too. (Note: Still trying to recover your mug from the mug club from Bukowski Tavern, which was previously located in this space? The Drifter’s Tale team is keeping it safe for you — stop by.)

Three small golden-brown empanadas are stacked on top of each other on a white creamy sauce, garnished with parsley, on a shiny black plate.
Empanadas at Drifter’s Tale.
Drifter’s Tale

5. Zuzu's Petals

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204 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-7749
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Leave the cellphone at home: It’s not allowed at Zuzu’s Petals, a new wine and dessert bar in Inman Square that wants you to live in the moment, sipping a glass of something special while digging into irresistible versions of classic desserts like tiramisu and creme brulee. (Keep an eye out: Souffle might join the menu too.)

A swirl of tiramisu is in a glass stemmed bowl sitting on a decorative vintage plate. Two long spoons accompany it.
The tiramisu at Zuzu’s Petals, featuring Ethiopian laayyoo coffee infused into a whipped blend of cream and mascarpone, with scratch-made lady fingers.
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6. Menya Jiro

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57 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 945-1002
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The Boston area has plenty of ramen options, but diners are always eager to welcome one more. One of the newest additions is Menya Jiro, a Japan-based chain with a Brooklyn location and two more planned for the Boston area. Menya Jiro’s broth is made from both pork and chicken (although a miso vegetable base is also available), and chashu pork is a main ingredient. Diners can accompany their ramen with sides like pork belly buns and takoyaki.

Two hands hold a big white bowl full of ramen, with a mountain of pork belly and other toppings towering up over the top of the bowl
The chashu monster at Menya Jiro.
Menya Jiro

7. Geppetto

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100 N First St
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 945-1349
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East Cambridge newcomer Geppetto, from the Puritan & Co. team, is part of the group’s trio of restaurants at the Cambridge Crossing development. The Italian-inspired restaurant is the type of place where one can eat dishes like black truffle and taleggio bread; chicken parm polpette; and beet cavatelli with corned brisket and hen of the woods. Oh, and there’s an amaro cart. Note: Currently open for dine-in only.

Overhead view of a bowl of pink pasta on a rustic wooden table, with chunks of corned beef, mushrooms, and greens.
Geppetto’s beet cavatelli.
Geppetto

8. Hub Hall

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80 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 263-8900
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There’s a little bit of something for everyone — locals and tourists alike — at Boston’s newest food hall, Hub Hall, located at the Hub on Causeway development right by TD Garden. There are 18 food and drink vendors, including a number of Boston classics, such as Mike’s Pastry, Monica’s Mercato, and Sullivan’s Castle Island, not to mention newer local groups like Smoke Shop BBQ, Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood, and Greco.

A meat gyro stuffed with fries, red onion, and tzatziki is wrapped in green paper and sits on a white tray on a wooden table.
A gyro from Greco, which has a new location at Hub Hall.
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9. Nautilus Pier 4

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300 Pier 4 Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210
(857) 957-0998
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On Nantucket, the Nautilus has long been a coveted reservation; its seasonal menu, which draws from a wide net of Asian and Latin influences, is a hit, as are its cocktails. It now has a counterpart in Boston’s Seaport District, Nautilus Pier 4, featuring nautical vibes, waterfront views, and a familiar-but-not-identical selection of Nautilus top hits and new additions. There are shiso hand rolls with black bass tartare, for example, as well as spicy Sichuan-style dandan noodles, XO clam tagliatelle, and whole roasted Peking duck.

Grilled lamb chops topped with fava beans and various greens, placed on a brown ceramic plate
Grilled lamb chops at Nautilus Pier 4.
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10. The Banks Fish House

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406 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 399-0015
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Whether one is looking to sip rosé at a bar and snack on chowder flatbread or have a fancy date night over a caviar-and-shellfish tower or host a seafood-filled private event, Back Bay newcomer the Banks Fish House wants to fill pretty much all seafood-related dining needs. Sibling to nearby steakhouse Grill 23, the Banks hits similar upscale notes (but don’t worry — there’s also some fried seafood for a real New England-y feel). And make note for the winter: There are multiple fireplaces.

A thick piece of halibut topped with a crispy breading sits in a yellow pool of sauce with asparagus, tomatoes, small round pasta bits, and mussels.
Bread crusted halibut at the Banks Fish House.
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11. Coquette

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450 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 419-8140
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COJE Management Group (Lolita, Mariel, Yvonne’s, Ruka) makes really pretty restaurants, and its newest, Coquette, is no exception. Located at the Omni Boston Hotel, the coastal French- and Basque-inspired restaurant is full of floral decor in light pastels, not to mention quirky cupids and other artistic touches. As for the food, diners will find shellfish towers; snacks like borek spring rolls and Basque cured ham; tarte flambée-inspired flatbreads; small plates like braised beef cheeks and wild boar sticky ribs; and bigger feasts, like a two-pound baked stuffed lobster.

Baked clams topped with cheese, herbs, and spices are arranged on a bed of salt in a small cast iron pan.
Clams au gratin at Coquette.
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12. Hunter's Kitchen and Bar

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110 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 221-4200
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Hunter’s Kitchen & Bar is Boston’s newest spot where one can eat chicken and waffles, gumbo, and shrimp and grits among taxidermy, fireplaces, and other hunter’s lodge-inspired decor. Located in the former Junction space, it comes from the team behind Lincoln TavernLoco TaqueriaCapo, and Fat Baby, which basically owns all of South Boston at this point.

Fried chicken, garnished with sprigs of lavender, sits atop a waffle topped in buttermilk. Cocktails are visible in the background.
Chicken and waffles with habanero lavender honey at Hunter’s Kitchen & Bar.
Hunter’s Kitchen & Bar

1. Ōmori Izakaya and Sushi

166 Eastern Ave, Malden, MA 02148
Two wooden skewers of meat on a blue plate — one with pieces of Japanese sausage and one with bacon-wrapped scallops - with a side of greens and sliced cherry tomatoes.
Kurobuta sausage and bacon and scallop skewers at Ōmori Izakaya’s original Brookline location.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

It’s only been a couple years since Ōmori Izakaya debuted in Brookline Village, but the Japanese pub has already expanded to Malden, where its booze-friendly snacks, particularly yakitori and kushiyaki (skewers of grilled meats), are making a splash. There’s plenty of sushi, too. Keep an eye out for lunch specials and shochu-based cocktails.

166 Eastern Ave
Malden, MA 02148

2. Premiere on Broadway

517 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
A round white dish is full of plump potato gnocchi with thin, charred pieces of beef on top. It sits on a black tabletop with a dark teal booth visible in the background.
Premiere on Broadway’s potato gnocchi with corn, butter, smoked ricotta, and Peruvian beef hearts.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Those who have followed chef Dan Bazzinotti’s career from Bisq to Eataly know that his charcuterie is a must. He’s at the helm of new Magoun Square restaurant and music venue Premiere on Broadway, showcasing a mix of house-made and imported charcuterie, local cheeses, and more on a big antipasti board alongside a menu of Italian-American hits. Longtime fans also know to seek out Bazzinotti’s Peruvian beef hearts; at Premiere, one can add them to the gnocchi dish, which is served with corn and smoked ricotta.

517 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145

3. Littleburg

5 Sanborn Ct, Somerville, MA 02143
Overhead view of a triangular hand pie stuffed with Brussels sprouts. On the side, there’s a small clear bowl with a scoop of a thick white sauce and a pickled garnish.
Littleburg’s fatayer with Brussels sprouts.
Littleburg

Pop-up-turned-restaurant Littleburg is a tiny vegan takeout and meal delivery spot in a sort of hidden Somerville garage. If that doesn’t immediately sound like your thing, give it a chance anyway: Drawing inspiration from Mediterranean food, Littleburg serves vegan food unlike any you’ve tried before, the kind that’ll make even the most ardent carnivore happily forego meat for a meal.

5 Sanborn Ct
Somerville, MA 02143

4. Drifter's Tale

1281 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Three small golden-brown empanadas are stacked on top of each other on a white creamy sauce, garnished with parsley, on a shiny black plate.
Empanadas at Drifter’s Tale.
Drifter’s Tale

Inman Square’s new gastropub Drifter’s Tale aims to take diners around the world by way of global street foods, from Argentinian empanadas to moules frites to falafel bites. The dirty bird and seafood paella are proving to be popular hits among early visitors, too. (Note: Still trying to recover your mug from the mug club from Bukowski Tavern, which was previously located in this space? The Drifter’s Tale team is keeping it safe for you — stop by.)

1281 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA 02139

5. Zuzu's Petals

204 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
A swirl of tiramisu is in a glass stemmed bowl sitting on a decorative vintage plate. Two long spoons accompany it.
The tiramisu at Zuzu’s Petals, featuring Ethiopian laayyoo coffee infused into a whipped blend of cream and mascarpone, with scratch-made lady fingers.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Leave the cellphone at home: It’s not allowed at Zuzu’s Petals, a new wine and dessert bar in Inman Square that wants you to live in the moment, sipping a glass of something special while digging into irresistible versions of classic desserts like tiramisu and creme brulee. (Keep an eye out: Souffle might join the menu too.)

204 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA 02139

6. Menya Jiro

57 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Two hands hold a big white bowl full of ramen, with a mountain of pork belly and other toppings towering up over the top of the bowl
The chashu monster at Menya Jiro.
Menya Jiro

The Boston area has plenty of ramen options, but diners are always eager to welcome one more. One of the newest additions is Menya Jiro, a Japan-based chain with a Brooklyn location and two more planned for the Boston area. Menya Jiro’s broth is made from both pork and chicken (although a miso vegetable base is also available), and chashu pork is a main ingredient. Diners can accompany their ramen with sides like pork belly buns and takoyaki.

57 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

7. Geppetto

100 N First St, Cambridge, MA 02141
Overhead view of a bowl of pink pasta on a rustic wooden table, with chunks of corned beef, mushrooms, and greens.
Geppetto’s beet cavatelli.
Geppetto

East Cambridge newcomer Geppetto, from the Puritan & Co. team, is part of the group’s trio of restaurants at the Cambridge Crossing development. The Italian-inspired restaurant is the type of place where one can eat dishes like black truffle and taleggio bread; chicken parm polpette; and beet cavatelli with corned brisket and hen of the woods. Oh, and there’s an amaro cart. Note: Currently open for dine-in only.

100 N First St
Cambridge, MA 02141

8. Hub Hall

80 Causeway St, Boston, MA 02114
A meat gyro stuffed with fries, red onion, and tzatziki is wrapped in green paper and sits on a white tray on a wooden table.
A gyro from Greco, which has a new location at Hub Hall.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

There’s a little bit of something for everyone — locals and tourists alike — at Boston’s newest food hall, Hub Hall, located at the Hub on Causeway development right by TD Garden. There are 18 food and drink vendors, including a number of Boston classics, such as Mike’s Pastry, Monica’s Mercato, and Sullivan’s Castle Island, not to mention newer local groups like Smoke Shop BBQ, Cusser’s Roast Beef & Seafood, and Greco.

80 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

9. Nautilus Pier 4

300 Pier 4 Blvd., Boston, MA 02210
Grilled lamb chops topped with fava beans and various greens, placed on a brown ceramic plate
Grilled lamb chops at Nautilus Pier 4.
Jenna Skutnik/Nautilus

On Nantucket, the Nautilus has long been a coveted reservation; its seasonal menu, which draws from a wide net of Asian and Latin influences, is a hit, as are its cocktails. It now has a counterpart in Boston’s Seaport District, Nautilus Pier 4, featuring nautical vibes, waterfront views, and a familiar-but-not-identical selection of Nautilus top hits and new additions. There are shiso hand rolls with black bass tartare, for example, as well as spicy Sichuan-style dandan noodles, XO clam tagliatelle, and whole roasted Peking duck.

300 Pier 4 Blvd.
Boston, MA 02210

10. The Banks Fish House

406 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116
A thick piece of halibut topped with a crispy breading sits in a yellow pool of sauce with asparagus, tomatoes, small round pasta bits, and mussels.
Bread crusted halibut at the Banks Fish House.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Whether one is looking to sip rosé at a bar and snack on chowder flatbread or have a fancy date night over a caviar-and-shellfish tower or host a seafood-filled private event, Back Bay newcomer the Banks Fish House wants to fill pretty much all seafood-related dining needs. Sibling to nearby steakhouse Grill 23, the Banks hits similar upscale notes (but don’t worry — there’s also some fried seafood for a real New England-y feel). And make note for the winter: There are multiple fireplaces.

406 Stuart St
Boston, MA 02116

11. Coquette

450 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210
Baked clams topped with cheese, herbs, and spices are arranged on a bed of salt in a small cast iron pan.
Clams au gratin at Coquette.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

COJE Management Group (Lolita, Mariel, Yvonne’s, Ruka) makes really pretty restaurants, and its newest, Coquette, is no exception. Located at the Omni Boston Hotel, the coastal French- and Basque-inspired restaurant is full of floral decor in light pastels, not to mention quirky cupids and other artistic touches. As for the food, diners will find shellfish towers; snacks like borek spring rolls and Basque cured ham; tarte flambée-inspired flatbreads; small plates like braised beef cheeks and wild boar sticky ribs; and bigger feasts, like a two-pound baked stuffed lobster.

450 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210

12. Hunter's Kitchen and Bar

110 Dorchester St, Boston, MA 02127
Fried chicken, garnished with sprigs of lavender, sits atop a waffle topped in buttermilk. Cocktails are visible in the background.
Chicken and waffles with habanero lavender honey at Hunter’s Kitchen & Bar.
Hunter’s Kitchen & Bar

Hunter’s Kitchen & Bar is Boston’s newest spot where one can eat chicken and waffles, gumbo, and shrimp and grits among taxidermy, fireplaces, and other hunter’s lodge-inspired decor. Located in the former Junction space, it comes from the team behind Lincoln TavernLoco TaqueriaCapo, and Fat Baby, which basically owns all of South Boston at this point.

110 Dorchester St
Boston, MA 02127

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