We’re all eating a little differently these days: Cooking at home more. Ordering takeout. Now that Phase 3 is well underway, though, some of us are starting to sip cocktails on patios and enjoy indoor dining again. Whatever your comfort level, here’s what’s been going on in Boston’s restaurant world recently, plus a few ways to enjoy some of our region’s best restaurants and bars from both the comfort of your own home and out in the world.
Here’s what you may have missed this week:
The next time the thermostat hovers around 90 degrees, consider a boozy, frozen beverage to go. We found 10 spots serving frosty takeout cocktails, from frozen margaritas to watermelon mimosas.
Speaking of cocktails: Ivory Pearl, which is set to open in August, will serve seafood and wine-inspired cocktails. We chatted with the Ivory Pearl team to find out more about the newcomer’s incredibly unique beverage program.
Earlier this week, we asked for your favorite places to get ice cream, and you certainly delivered. Here are your 135 favorite ice cream shops, all mapped out.
Senses will bring creative Mediterranean fare to Cambridge in September; in the meantime, you can order food from its takeout menu which launched this week.
Time Out Market Boston reopened on Wednesday with 10 vendors and two bars. Find out which vendors came back and which have permanently closed.
Coffee in your cereal? Sounds about right for 2020. Dunkin’ teamed up with Post to release two new coffee cereals, which are scheduled to roll out nationwide in August.
New patios to check out this weekend:
As Phase 3 chugs along and indoor dining resumes at some restaurants, patios are continuing to pop up across the city. This week is no different — here are five recently-opened outdoor dining spaces to lounge on this weekend.
Barra: Somerville’s tiny, new-ish Mexican bar and restaurant has managed to add patios both in front of its doors and behind the building. I highly recommend ordering the refreshing aguachile with the fish of the day, tacos de cecina, and a Oaxacan Manhattan.
Blackmoor Bar + Kitchen: Charlestown’s neighborhood gathering space, Blackmoor, rolled out a new patio beer garden overlooking the marina, complete with a beer truck, wine, spiked seltzer, and a menu that includes oyster po’boys and lobster rolls. Beer, lobster, and views? Sounds like the perfect Saturday afternoon to us.
Little Donkey: The Central Square tapas destination is back, reopening this week with a cozy patio available for reservations on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Settle in for a fried chicken sandwich and a chilled glass of wine.
Lucy’s American Tavern: This Dorchester restaurant and bar has transformed a parking lot into an al fresco hangout, complete with umbrellas for especially sunny days. Gather up your friends for a brunch outing, when Lucy’s serves funfetti pancakes, huevos rancheros, and eggs benedict.
Time Out Market Boston: As mentioned above, Fenway’s expansive food hall reopened this week — this time with an expanded patio that covers 6,000 square feet. Choose from one of 10 vendors now open at the market, grab a drink at one of its two bars, and post up outside for a breezy al fresco breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Eating and cooking alone, together:
While Mimi’s Chuka Diner, a pop-up at Black Lamb, takes place on Mondays, you’re going to want to make your reservations ASAP. Launching August 3, chefs Jon Awerman and Ted Woo are bringing chūka ryori — Japanese-style Chinese cuisine — to the South End, with dishes like gyoza, ramen, and chūka Bisuteki — broiled steak with black pepper gravy, dashi, and Vidalia onions. Reservations can be made for both indoor and patio dining on Resy, and guests are asked to bring a gently-used book to donate to More Than Words, the pop-up’s charity partner.
When I spoke to a handful of Chinatown restaurant owners in June, the news was bleak: Chinatown’s narrow streets were an obstacle for outdoor dining, and the racism that unfurled in the neighborhood at the beginning of the pandemic was still present, leading many to believe that Chinatown might be the last neighborhood in Boston to economically recover from COVID-19. So it’s uplifting to see this campaign raising money to benefit the neighborhood by purchasing and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) to Chinatown businesses. Hosted by the Boston Hurricanes Athletic Club and Chinatown Main Street, the fundraiser aims to purchase masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectants, and COVID-19 signage for businesses in the area, including restaurants. “Not only will this help businesses financially, but it will also help consumers understand that Chinatown is a safe place to shop and eat,” the campaign page shared.
Boston’s North End feasts — like everything else we know and love — have been canceled this year. So I appreciate Ristorante Lucia‘s effort to offer some semblance of normalcy with the North End Feasts to-go kits that it launched this week, available at both its Boston and Winchester locations. Each kit contains classic feast foods — cannoli, arancini, fried calamari, and more — and honors a different feast each week. From August 1 to 7, pick up a Madonna della Cava Feast benefitting the Madonna Della Cava Society; orders must be placed online and at least one day in advance.
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