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Boston's 10 Hottest Restaurants

By Scott Kearnan
October 1, 2013

Summer might be over, but plenty of recently opened restaurants are still burning hot. New ventures from favorite chefs and spin-offs from parent venues have proliferated over the last few months. Here are a few that have caught fire. 

  • Beat Hotel

    Chef Rebecca Newell buzzed over to The Beehive team's new Harvard Square hot spot, a boho-chic hideaway that hosts nightly live music and an eclectic menu with selections like the Earth Bowl, a veggies- and grains-packed heap of healthy deliciousness. 

    13 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-499-0001

  • The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

    Craigie on Main is a perennial favorite, so hopes were high and the buzz was big for chef Tony Maws' new Somerville restaurant. The vibe is more casual, but the chef's signature flair shines through in an assortment of draft brews and pig parts. 

    425 Washington St., Somerville; 857-259-6585

  • A4 Pizza Bar

    Smaller digs and a narrower focus mark this Area Four spin-off, where beer and pizza are the order of the day. Foodies who appreciate that dynamic duo have turned A4 into an A-plus hit, proving true that old adage that bigger isn't always better, including when it comes to menus. 

    445 Somerville Ave., Somerville; 617-764-4190

  • Five Horses Tavern

    First came the Somerville original, now this South End sibling. The emphasis on elevated American pub food and beer has gone over well, bringing in crowds that appreciate an alternative to the frillier fare that dominates the neighborhood.

    535 Columbus Ave.; 617-936-3930


  • Pier 6 

    The former home of Tavern on the Water is hopping with new life. Nightlife crowds of young professionals enjoy the refreshed and upscaled three-floor harbor digs, raw bar fixin's and festive seaside social scene. 

    1 Eighth St., Charlestown; 617-337-0054

  • Ribelle

    Chef Tim Maslow bowled over diners at Watertown's Strip-T's, which also earned him Zagat "30 Under 30" honors last year. Curious eyes were on his new Brookline restaurant, Ribelle, and well-fed mouths have been there ever since it opened this summer. 

    1665 Beacon St., Brookline; 617-232-2322

  • Carrie Nation

    The fervent, frequently violent (she smashed barrooms with an ax) temperance-era activist for which Carrie Nation is named must be rolling over in her grave. Liquor touches plenty of lips at this Beacon Hill restaurant and cocktail den, especially among industry types for whom the spot has quickly become a favorite. 

    11 Beacon St.; 617-227-3100

  • Society on High

    Given the dearth of options in the area, it's no wonder that this new spot from chef-owner Ian Just (Les Zygomates, Sorriso) has become a popular after-work spot for young professionals. Stiff cocktails and elevated twists on familiar American favorites pack in crowds straight out of a modern Mad Men

    99 High St.; 857-350-4555

  • Cook

    Tryst chef Paul Turano took his talents to Newton for Cook, a new American bistro bringing suburbanites tasty options like bacon-caramel popcorn, wood-fired pizzas and udon noodle salad. Folks fell in love with Tryst, but they're already turning Cook into a popular spot for a rendezvous. 

    825 Washington St., Newton; 617-964-2665

  • Shanghai Social Club

    Neighborhood gems, sure, but Allston isn't exactly known for its elegant restaurants. Until now. The Chinese street food served up at Shanghai Social Club comes packaged in a glossy sheen of an environment that stands apart from the surrounding spate of sticky-floored bars for the post-college crowd. 

    127 Commonwealth Ave., Allston; 617-208-8909


Places Mentioned

Les Zygomates

French • Leather District

Food23 Decor22 Service23 Cost$47

American • Arlington

Food23 Decor23 Service22 Cost$37
The Beehive

Brunch • South End

Food21 Decor24 Service21 Cost$34
Craigie On Main

French • Cambridge

Food28 Decor24 Service26 Cost$72
Area Four

American • Cambridge

Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$25
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