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Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame has opened Momosan within Hub Hall in Boston’s West End, serving ramen and more.
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The Hottest New Restaurants in Boston, November 2021

New restaurants to try in and around Boston, featuring ramen from an Iron Chef in the West End, Italian bar snacks in Harvard Square, and more

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Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame has opened Momosan within Hub Hall in Boston’s West End, serving ramen and more.
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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 November 2021 update: Café Sauvage in Back Bay and Bar Enza in Harvard Square.

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.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

2. 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

3. 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.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

4. Bar Enza

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1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 661-5050
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“Neo-trattoria” Bar Enza, located inside the Charles Hotel, is a homecoming for chef Mark Ladner, a Belmont native who went on to gain much acclaim for his work in New York, especially at Del Posto. At Bar Enza, he is “celebrating the spirit of the Italian table” — drawing inspiration from Italian and Italian-American dishes from various regions — with a menu heavy on bar snacks and both fresh and dried pastas. As the restaurant ramps up in its early weeks, Ladner is adding more entrees to the menu, too, and his famous 100-layer lasagna from his Del Posto days will be available soon.

Four crispy fried rice balls sit on a silver platter on a red bar stool.
Bar Enza’s saffron suppli.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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. All of the vendors are counter-service except for one, Momosan — a sit-down Japanese restaurant from Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame, featuring ramen and more.

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

8. 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.
Jenna Skutnik/Nautilus

9. Café Sauvage

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25 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115
(857) 277-0075
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Parisian bistro Café Sauvage, from wife-and-husband duo Anaïs and Antoine Lambert, is meant to pay homage to the multicultural influences on the Paris food scene, from Vietnam to Ethiopia: “There is more to Parisian food than just beef bourguignon and escargots,” as Anaïs Lambert previously told Eater. So there’s steak frites and a croque madame, yes, but there’s also a banh mi, injera crepes, and roasted chicken that’s served with jollof rice and fried plantains. The intimate restaurant, located in the former Hsin Hsin Cafe space in Back Bay, features a striking accent wall with tropical wallpaper.

Thin slices of ham are sandwiched on a baguette, topped with mini pickles. It all sits on a black plate on a white counter.
Café Sauvage’s jambon-beurre, a French ham and butter sandwich.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

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. 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

3. 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

4. Bar Enza

1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Four crispy fried rice balls sit on a silver platter on a red bar stool.
Bar Enza’s saffron suppli.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

“Neo-trattoria” Bar Enza, located inside the Charles Hotel, is a homecoming for chef Mark Ladner, a Belmont native who went on to gain much acclaim for his work in New York, especially at Del Posto. At Bar Enza, he is “celebrating the spirit of the Italian table” — drawing inspiration from Italian and Italian-American dishes from various regions — with a menu heavy on bar snacks and both fresh and dried pastas. As the restaurant ramps up in its early weeks, Ladner is adding more entrees to the menu, too, and his famous 100-layer lasagna from his Del Posto days will be available soon.

1 Bennett St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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. All of the vendors are counter-service except for one, Momosan — a sit-down Japanese restaurant from Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame, featuring ramen and more.

80 Causeway St
Boston, MA 02114

8. 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

9. Café Sauvage

25 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Thin slices of ham are sandwiched on a baguette, topped with mini pickles. It all sits on a black plate on a white counter.
Café Sauvage’s jambon-beurre, a French ham and butter sandwich.
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Parisian bistro Café Sauvage, from wife-and-husband duo Anaïs and Antoine Lambert, is meant to pay homage to the multicultural influences on the Paris food scene, from Vietnam to Ethiopia: “There is more to Parisian food than just beef bourguignon and escargots,” as Anaïs Lambert previously told Eater. So there’s steak frites and a croque madame, yes, but there’s also a banh mi, injera crepes, and roasted chicken that’s served with jollof rice and fried plantains. The intimate restaurant, located in the former Hsin Hsin Cafe space in Back Bay, features a striking accent wall with tropical wallpaper.

25 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02115

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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