Need a new restaurant where you can while away your summer evenings? Look no further. We amassed a list of eateries that opened just in time for those hot summer nights. From Malden to Fenway to the South End, these establishments serve everything from traditional American burgers—some topped with queso cheese dip—to Italian, Peruvian, and French cuisine. Oh, and we included a food truck for good measure. This is not an exhaustive list—feel free to add your favorite new eateries in the comments—but whether you hope to rub shoulders with the young professional set, or simply find a new family joint, these restaurants should be top contenders.
Address: 838 Beacon St., Boston
Audubon, which opened in early April, is owned by the same people who launched Somerville retro restaurant Trina’s Starlite Lounge. Audubon has adopted the same atmosphere, this time in the Fenway area, and boasts a warm ambiance of ruddy brick walls and a broad red awning. Its menu features eclectic items that range from Yuca cakes and pork potstickers to burgers and crab melts. Most dishes are less than $15.
Address: 82 Lansdowne St., Boston
Blazing Paddles, a new pizza joint replete with ping pong tables that lend the restaurant its lively atmosphere, opened in March. It is located around Fenway Park. With high wood tables and a large bar at the center of the room, it caters to a younger student crowd and, of course, a solid cohort of Red Sox fans seeking a casual spot to chow down. Pizzas run at around $13, sandwiches at around $10-12.
Bostonia Public House
Address: 131 State St., Boston
Bostonia Public House, located near Faneuil Hall, draws a chic clientele of young professionals. Built into a turn of the century building, it serves some seafood—oysters are a specialty—and reimagined classic American dishes. Dinner entrees range from around $18 to $30.There are bars on two floors and areas that can be rented out for private dinners and office gatherings.
Address: 124 Broadway, Somerville
La Brasa, which opened during late April, serves a mixture of Mexican, Peruvian, Middle Eastern, and French cuisine, cooked primarily on a wood burning stove. The restaurant, whose large windows look onto a bustling Somerville street, has an airy interior with whitewashed brick walls and high ceilings. It also sells customers local produce and food through its market program, which brings selections from the Apple Street Farm. Dinner items cost between $14 and $25.
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Cameo Macaron became the newest Boston establishment to jump on the macaron bandwagon when it opened last April. The pink food truck, emblazoned with a drawing of a chic young parisian, serves the trendy dessert at a different location every day of the week. Customers can order the macarons in advance and pick them up at the truck location.
Ferry Street Food & Drink
Address: 118 Ferry St., Malden
Ferry Street Food & Drink opened in Malden in late May. The restaurant interior resembles a tavern with wood panels that line the walls and an old fashioned mirror behind the bar. It specializes in craft beverages and “unpretentious’’ food. Burgers and sandwiches run at about $12 while the menu also includes a few more expensive options.
McCabe’s on Mass
Address: 2046 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
The Irish Pub Bull McCabe’s, a standby for Somerville restaurant goers, has opened a new branch called McCabe’s on Mass, which boasts a different vibe from its Union Square namesake. The new venue has a modern wood wall on one side and a warm brick wall on the other, illuminated by modern, bright white lamps that hang from the ceiling. Its large windows open up to the street. Instead of the pub atmosphere adopted by its predecessor, McCabe’s on Mass focuses on serving a wide array of small plates and sandwiches, rather than sports bar fare. The dishes range from $13 sandwiches to $12 flatbreads and more. It opened on May 14.
Address: 60 Franklin St., Boston
The Merchant, which describes itself as a modern American brasserie, opened last month near Downtown Crossing. With leather seats, funky tiled floors, high ceilings, and a long bar that spans almost the length of the restaurant, The Merchant resembles a traditional French brasserie. The menu, however, has an American flare, but mixes in a few French dishes, such as Steak Frites. Dinner entrees cost around $25.
Merrill & Co.
Address: 1 Appleton St., Boston
The South End eatery Merrill & Co. serves American comfort food, often with a Southern twist. Its menu includes plenty of small plates and also features lots of seafood dishes. That includes a $1 raw oyster special on Monday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m., until they run out. It opened in March.
Address: 139 Pleasant St., Malden
Mystic Station opened in Malden during early April. The restaurant prides itself on its local ingredients and from-scratch dishes—all for an affordable price. The menu features several classic sandwiches and burgers, as well as a late night menu and bar bites.
Address: 345 Congress St., Boston
Pastoral, an artisanal pizza restaurant, is a new addition to the Fort Point restaurant community. Its specialty? Neapolitan pizza on chewy crusts that are typical of pizzas from the Naples tradition. The restaurant also serves dishes that it classifies as “country rural cuisine.’’ Pastoral boasts an extensive wine and beer list curated by the local producers. The restaurant opened at the end of March. Dishes can be moderately pricey (pizzas range from $14 to $25).
Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Address: 350 Stuart St., Boston
Precinct Kitchen + Bar opened at the end of March as an addition to the Loews Hotel in the Back Bay area. It has a sunken patio lined with flower boxes, providing customers a refuge from the surrounding urban bustle. Inside, the restaurant has stone walls and wood tables, housed in what was once the Police Headquarters on Berkley Street (hence the name). The restaurant also features products from local providers. Its menu focuses on seafood dishes and charcuterie. Dinner entrees generally cost between $20 and $30.
The Taco Truck
Address: 83 Mount Auburn St., Cambridge
The Taco Truck, a New Jersey-based establishment, which used to only operate a food truck that travelled around Boston, has put down permanent roots in Harvard Square. The establishment has moved into the Garage location once inhabited by Felipe’s Taqueria, a late night burrito joint that was a mainstay of Harvard nightlife. (Felipe’s has made plans to move a few blocks away to replace Bertucci’s.) Meanwhile, the Taco Truck has refurbished the Garage location, adding wood panelling and elaborate wall murals. It opened at the end of May and now serves tacos, toasted Mexican sandwiches, and a few salads. Two tacos cost around $5, while three tacos cost around $7.
Address: 169 Brighton Ave., Boston
The fiendishly successful New York noodle shop Totto Ramen has opened a branch in Allston. The menu features homemade noodles in soups or on their own, topped with chicken, avocado, ginger, egg, seaweed, bean sprouts, and much more. It opened on May 3. Noodle dishes cost between $9.75 and $11.75.
The Trophy Room
Address: 26 Chandler St., Boston
The Trophy Room, a reimagined American bistro, opened in the South End during April. It replaced the popular Fritz Bar, but kept trophies that the bar had acquired from its sponsored sports teams over the years. Those trophies now decorate the new bistro’s walls. Its signature Trophy Burger, priced at $13.25, is topped with spicy queso and jumbo fried onion rings, and sits on a pretzel roll.
Address: 63 Broad St., Boston
The Wheelhouse, a moderately priced diner, opened a few blocks from the Boston Aquarium during early June. It serves breakfast and lunch on weekdays. The breakfast menu includes unconventional items, such as a breakfast burger and breakfast fried rice. Lunch options are slightly more traditional. There are a lot of sandwiches and burgers, including the signature Wheelhouse, a burger topped with pickles and a special house sauce.