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Lamb kebab stuffed pita at Miznon.
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The Hottest New Restaurants in Boston, May 2022

New restaurants to try in and around Boston, featuring creative pitas, southwest Chinese dishes, hearty bowls of ramen, and more

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Lamb kebab stuffed pita at Miznon.
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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 in Greater Boston — where to get the latest lamb-stuffed pitas, leche de tigre, cocktails topped with bubbles of smoke, and more.

New to the map in the May 2022 update: Yunnan Kitchen in Boston’s South End and Miznon in the Seaport District.

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. La Royal

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221 Concord Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 909-9855
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The team behind Somerville’s acclaimed Peruvian restaurant Celeste is at it again: Maria Rondeau and JuanMa Calderón have opened La Royal in Cambridge, and with twice the capacity and three times the space, they’re digging deep into food from all around Peru, a contrast to the Lima home cooking Celeste highlights. There’s patarshca, a grilled and steamed whole fish dish from the Amazon, for example, and arroz con pato, rice with duck, from northern Peru. The cocktail list features plenty of pisco.

A whole grilled and steamed fish is presented on a plantain leaf and surrounded by yucca pieces and lime wedges.
La Royal’s take on patarashca, a dish from the Amazon, features local black sea bass that is grilled and steamed in plantain leaves and served with Amazonic condiments.
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2. Vinal General Store

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220 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 718-0568
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Locals in the know buy their English muffins at Vinal Bakery, a cheery little cafe on the edge of Somerville’s Union Square. Now Vinal has a brand new sandwich-and-more shop right next door, Vinal General Store, and it’s quickly becoming a neighborhood hit in its early days. There’s a succinct takeout sandwich selection — the spuckie has been getting lots of praise — plus “nice wine, no fuss,” cold beer, and a bit of casual seating. There are also a variety of goods for sale, including local favorites, from Somerville-born Fluff to El Barrio tortillas. And if you missed the public transportation news years in the making: The Green Line now goes directly to Union Square.

3. Next Door Speakeasy & Raw Bar

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103 Porter St
Boston, MA 02128

Tucked behind a hidden door in the East Boston Italian restaurant Pazza on Porter, Next Door’s menu is anchored by dramatic cocktails. The “lock and key,” for example, is like a piña colada made with clarified milk punch that comes to the table inside a tiny treasure chest. Meanwhile, the yellow “citrus and smoke” comes topped with a smoke bubble. Rounding out the experience is a concise selection of spot-on seafood dishes, including crudos and shellfish towers.

A hand opens a small treasure chest to reveal a yellow cocktail in a cloud of smoke.
The Lock & Key at Next Door: pineapple-infused Zaya 16-Year Rum, Sandeman Rainwater Madeira, pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut cream syrup, and clarified whole milk.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

4. Wusong Road

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112 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 528-9125
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Wusong Road, a multi-story restaurant in Harvard Square, features an intricately decorated tiki bar upstairs, an ode to the Chinese American restaurant owned by the family of Wusong Road co-owner and chef Jason Doo when he was a kid. Downstairs, find affordable Hong Kong-style rice plates, lacquered duck (which is currently available in limited quantities and must be preordered), and an abbreviated cocktail selection.

A chicken bao sits on a steamer basket, with the bao bun colored bright yellow and decorated like a chicken.
Wusong Road’s chicken bao.
Lauren Hallion

5. Bosso Ramen Tavern

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24 Holyoke St
Cambridge, MA 02138

A full-service izakaya inspired by owner Yasu Sasago’s youth spent surfing the long waves that swell along Japan’s Boso peninsula, Bosso Ramen Tavern invites diners to linger in the long, cozy dining room where food heavy in skill and creativity shines in a serene space that doesn’t distract from it. Piping hot bowls of ramen, playful sushi like one topped with takoyaki balls, seafood such as kikumasamune steamed clams, and a black sesame ice cream with sweet potato for the finale all make this restaurant stand out among the area’s plethora of Japanese restaurants.

6. The Koji Club

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525 Western Ave #6
Brighton, MA 02135

Boston’s first dedicated sake bar, the Koji Club, is up and running at Brighton’s new Speedway marketplace. Alyssa Mikiko DiPasquale, a longtime alum of the restaurant group that includes O Ya and Hojoko, is owner of the welcoming space; she’s passionate about sake education — and fun. The bar features a small snack menu meant to complement sake, including a Japanese curry empanada collaboration with Super Bien, a South American-inspired wine bar and grocery store opening soon at the Speedway.

A cheese plate, crackers, and a bottle of sake sit on a wooden bar.
Snacks at the Koji Club.
Kristin Teig

7. High Street Place

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100 High St
Boston, MA 02110

High Street Place is Boston’s newest food hall. The massive downtown destination features 19 food and beverage vendors (and a convenience store), including three new businesses from restaurateur Tiffani Faison; new locations of local favorites like Pennypacker’s, Mike & Patty’s, and Wheelhouse; and other familiar faces. Customers can carry food and drink from any of the vendors throughout the space, so friends could share a feast of pizza, a seafood tower, fried chicken sandwiches, Champagne, Japanese whisky, frozen margaritas, gelato, and much, much more.

An interior view of a three-and-a-half story atrium with communal seating and a variety of food and beverage vendors. There’s also a green wall and a large video screen.
High Street Place.
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8. Miznon

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107 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210
(857) 284-7672
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It’s pitas galore — not to mention whole roasted cauliflower and a “run over potato” — at this casual Israeli street food chain, an import from Tel Aviv with a wildly popular New York location. Miznon’s location in Boston’s Seaport District debuted in early April and is already attracting crowds feasting on creatively stuffed pitas, such as the “folded cheeseburger,” steak and eggs, and wild mushrooms. Vegetarians will find quite a few options on the menu.

A pita wrapped in white paper stands on a tabletop stuffed with a burger patty, pickle, tomato, and crispy cheese.
Cheeseburger in a pita at Miznon.
Miznon

9. Lenox Sophia

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87 A St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 597-2170
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Lenox Sophia, an intimate newcomer to South Boston, is meant to offer “casual fine dining,” per chef and owner Shi Mei — think unique, upscale modern American dishes in a non-pretentious setting. As Mei previously told Eater, he wants it to feel like you’re eating in his home kitchen. Lenox Sophia has one of Boston’s extraordinarily rare BYOB licenses; diners can bring their own wine and malt beverages.

Restaurant interior. Four high-top chairs are at a counter looking into the restaurant’s kitchen.
Lenox Sophia.
Lenox Sophia

10. Bar Volpe

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170 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 865-7100
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From chef Karen Akunowicz of the acclaimed Fox & the Knife comes a second Italian restaurant in South Boston, Bar Volpe. While its big sibling up the street focuses on northern Italy, Bar Volpe — which is also a pasta shop — focuses on the south, with dishes like culurgiones, a Sardinian stuffed pasta; fritti misti, inspired by Sicily (with a hint of Rhode Island); and rotisserie chicken stuffed with black truffle mayo.

Four plump dumplings topped with parsley sprigs sit atop a pool of tomato sauce on a round white plate on a concrete surface.
Bar Volpe’s culurgiones.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

11. Yunnan Kitchen

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1721 Washington St Unit B
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 936-4123
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Newly open in Boston’s South End, Yunnan Kitchen is featuring Yunnan, or Dian, cuisine from southwest China, fairly hard to find around Boston aside from a handful of Yunnan rice noodle-focused shops, including Yunnan Kitchen’s older sibling South of the Clouds in Brighton. Yunnan Kitchen is emphasizing spicy dishes and a more expansive menu than noodles, says co-founder Patrick Siu. The initial opening lineup includes dishes such as Dali-style spicy shrimp (Dali is a city in China’s Yunnan province), sticky rice meatballs, boiled pork in chile oil, and fish filet with pickled vegetables.

12. Pho Hoa Restaurant

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1370 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02122
(617) 287-9746
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Vietnamese restaurant Pho Hoa is not at all new; it debuted in Dorchester’s Fields Corner in 1992. But it’s a good time to stop by if it’s been a while: Another local Vietnamese mainstay, Anh Hong, closed at the end of 2021 but has been reborn as part of Pho Hoa. All the Pho Hoa classics remain available, but the new menu includes Anh Hong’s popular seven-course beef and fish experiences and more.

Overhead shot of various Vietnamese dishes, including soups and more, on a white background.
A spread of dishes at Pho Hoa in Dorchester, including bun bo hue, pho dac biet, and com suon bi cha.
Nolan Yee

1. La Royal

221 Concord Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
A whole grilled and steamed fish is presented on a plantain leaf and surrounded by yucca pieces and lime wedges.
La Royal’s take on patarashca, a dish from the Amazon, features local black sea bass that is grilled and steamed in plantain leaves and served with Amazonic condiments.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

The team behind Somerville’s acclaimed Peruvian restaurant Celeste is at it again: Maria Rondeau and JuanMa Calderón have opened La Royal in Cambridge, and with twice the capacity and three times the space, they’re digging deep into food from all around Peru, a contrast to the Lima home cooking Celeste highlights. There’s patarshca, a grilled and steamed whole fish dish from the Amazon, for example, and arroz con pato, rice with duck, from northern Peru. The cocktail list features plenty of pisco.

221 Concord Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Vinal General Store

220 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Locals in the know buy their English muffins at Vinal Bakery, a cheery little cafe on the edge of Somerville’s Union Square. Now Vinal has a brand new sandwich-and-more shop right next door, Vinal General Store, and it’s quickly becoming a neighborhood hit in its early days. There’s a succinct takeout sandwich selection — the spuckie has been getting lots of praise — plus “nice wine, no fuss,” cold beer, and a bit of casual seating. There are also a variety of goods for sale, including local favorites, from Somerville-born Fluff to El Barrio tortillas. And if you missed the public transportation news years in the making: The Green Line now goes directly to Union Square.

220 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

3. Next Door Speakeasy & Raw Bar

103 Porter St, Boston, MA 02128
A hand opens a small treasure chest to reveal a yellow cocktail in a cloud of smoke.
The Lock & Key at Next Door: pineapple-infused Zaya 16-Year Rum, Sandeman Rainwater Madeira, pineapple juice, lime juice, coconut cream syrup, and clarified whole milk.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Tucked behind a hidden door in the East Boston Italian restaurant Pazza on Porter, Next Door’s menu is anchored by dramatic cocktails. The “lock and key,” for example, is like a piña colada made with clarified milk punch that comes to the table inside a tiny treasure chest. Meanwhile, the yellow “citrus and smoke” comes topped with a smoke bubble. Rounding out the experience is a concise selection of spot-on seafood dishes, including crudos and shellfish towers.

103 Porter St
Boston, MA 02128

4. Wusong Road

112 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
A chicken bao sits on a steamer basket, with the bao bun colored bright yellow and decorated like a chicken.
Wusong Road’s chicken bao.
Lauren Hallion

Wusong Road, a multi-story restaurant in Harvard Square, features an intricately decorated tiki bar upstairs, an ode to the Chinese American restaurant owned by the family of Wusong Road co-owner and chef Jason Doo when he was a kid. Downstairs, find affordable Hong Kong-style rice plates, lacquered duck (which is currently available in limited quantities and must be preordered), and an abbreviated cocktail selection.

112 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Bosso Ramen Tavern

24 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA 02138

A full-service izakaya inspired by owner Yasu Sasago’s youth spent surfing the long waves that swell along Japan’s Boso peninsula, Bosso Ramen Tavern invites diners to linger in the long, cozy dining room where food heavy in skill and creativity shines in a serene space that doesn’t distract from it. Piping hot bowls of ramen, playful sushi like one topped with takoyaki balls, seafood such as kikumasamune steamed clams, and a black sesame ice cream with sweet potato for the finale all make this restaurant stand out among the area’s plethora of Japanese restaurants.

24 Holyoke St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. The Koji Club

525 Western Ave #6, Brighton, MA 02135
A cheese plate, crackers, and a bottle of sake sit on a wooden bar.
Snacks at the Koji Club.
Kristin Teig

Boston’s first dedicated sake bar, the Koji Club, is up and running at Brighton’s new Speedway marketplace. Alyssa Mikiko DiPasquale, a longtime alum of the restaurant group that includes O Ya and Hojoko, is owner of the welcoming space; she’s passionate about sake education — and fun. The bar features a small snack menu meant to complement sake, including a Japanese curry empanada collaboration with Super Bien, a South American-inspired wine bar and grocery store opening soon at the Speedway.

525 Western Ave #6
Brighton, MA 02135

7. High Street Place

100 High St, Boston, MA 02110
An interior view of a three-and-a-half story atrium with communal seating and a variety of food and beverage vendors. There’s also a green wall and a large video screen.
High Street Place.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

High Street Place is Boston’s newest food hall. The massive downtown destination features 19 food and beverage vendors (and a convenience store), including three new businesses from restaurateur Tiffani Faison; new locations of local favorites like Pennypacker’s, Mike & Patty’s, and Wheelhouse; and other familiar faces. Customers can carry food and drink from any of the vendors throughout the space, so friends could share a feast of pizza, a seafood tower, fried chicken sandwiches, Champagne, Japanese whisky, frozen margaritas, gelato, and much, much more.

100 High St
Boston, MA 02110

8. Miznon

107 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210
A pita wrapped in white paper stands on a tabletop stuffed with a burger patty, pickle, tomato, and crispy cheese.
Cheeseburger in a pita at Miznon.
Miznon

It’s pitas galore — not to mention whole roasted cauliflower and a “run over potato” — at this casual Israeli street food chain, an import from Tel Aviv with a wildly popular New York location. Miznon’s location in Boston’s Seaport District debuted in early April and is already attracting crowds feasting on creatively stuffed pitas, such as the “folded cheeseburger,” steak and eggs, and wild mushrooms. Vegetarians will find quite a few options on the menu.

107 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

9. Lenox Sophia

87 A St, Boston, MA 02127
Restaurant interior. Four high-top chairs are at a counter looking into the restaurant’s kitchen.
Lenox Sophia.
Lenox Sophia

Lenox Sophia, an intimate newcomer to South Boston, is meant to offer “casual fine dining,” per chef and owner Shi Mei — think unique, upscale modern American dishes in a non-pretentious setting. As Mei previously told Eater, he wants it to feel like you’re eating in his home kitchen. Lenox Sophia has one of Boston’s extraordinarily rare BYOB licenses; diners can bring their own wine and malt beverages.

87 A St
Boston, MA 02127

10. Bar Volpe

170 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Four plump dumplings topped with parsley sprigs sit atop a pool of tomato sauce on a round white plate on a concrete surface.
Bar Volpe’s culurgiones.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

From chef Karen Akunowicz of the acclaimed Fox & the Knife comes a second Italian restaurant in South Boston, Bar Volpe. While its big sibling up the street focuses on northern Italy, Bar Volpe — which is also a pasta shop — focuses on the south, with dishes like culurgiones, a Sardinian stuffed pasta; fritti misti, inspired by Sicily (with a hint of Rhode Island); and rotisserie chicken stuffed with black truffle mayo.

170 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

11. Yunnan Kitchen

1721 Washington St Unit B, Boston, MA 02118

Newly open in Boston’s South End, Yunnan Kitchen is featuring Yunnan, or Dian, cuisine from southwest China, fairly hard to find around Boston aside from a handful of Yunnan rice noodle-focused shops, including Yunnan Kitchen’s older sibling South of the Clouds in Brighton. Yunnan Kitchen is emphasizing spicy dishes and a more expansive menu than noodles, says co-founder Patrick Siu. The initial opening lineup includes dishes such as Dali-style spicy shrimp (Dali is a city in China’s Yunnan province), sticky rice meatballs, boiled pork in chile oil, and fish filet with pickled vegetables.

1721 Washington St Unit B
Boston, MA 02118

12. Pho Hoa Restaurant

1370 Dorchester Ave, Boston, MA 02122
Overhead shot of various Vietnamese dishes, including soups and more, on a white background.
A spread of dishes at Pho Hoa in Dorchester, including bun bo hue, pho dac biet, and com suon bi cha.
Nolan Yee

Vietnamese restaurant Pho Hoa is not at all new; it debuted in Dorchester’s Fields Corner in 1992. But it’s a good time to stop by if it’s been a while: Another local Vietnamese mainstay, Anh Hong, closed at the end of 2021 but has been reborn as part of Pho Hoa. All the Pho Hoa classics remain available, but the new menu includes Anh Hong’s popular seven-course beef and fish experiences and more.

1370 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA 02122

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