5 New Places to Eat This WeekendBy Scott Kearnan
April 3, 2014
The Glenville Stops. Want to be one of the first to stop in to The Glenville Stops? Then swing by the Allston "neighborhood tavern" at 5 PM on Saturday, when it officially opens. Chef Juan Pedrosa, a former sous at Jody Adams' Trade, has prepared a mostly Latin-inspired menu of bar bites (like the Masa Burger with herb aioli and fennel and carrot pickles), small plates (like Puerto Rican sausage with cheesy pimento grits) and sharable entrees (including Bar Harbor mussels in a lemongrass-coconut broth). 87 Glenville Ave., Allston; 617-903-3638
Mystic Station. Hop on the Orange Line to discover this new Malden entry, opening today. Creative cocktails include the spicy Pepperoncinitini (try saying that five times fast) made with vodka and pepperoncini brine, and the Station Fire of vodka, St. Germain, mango nectar Sriracha. They're accompanied by American fare like steak tips, a build-your-own burger program, and a late night menu that will let us make use of those newly extended MBTA closing times. 139 Pleasant St., Malden; 781-480-3166
Pastoral. Last week saw the opening of chef Todd Winer's Pastoral in Fort Point (pictured), so head over to slice into Neapolitan pizzas from a wood-fired oven, house made pastas, and a spread of big and small plates inspired by rural culinary traditions. 345 Congress St; 617-345-0005
Precinct Kitchen + Bar. This week the Loews Boston Hotel unveiled its new dining destination in the space that formerly housed Cuffs. Precinct is a 70-seat restaurant (with a 36-seat patio opening later this mont) with a seafood-centric menu that includes grilled branzino, seared scallops, and a "Boston Clam Bake" of Wellfleet clams, PEI mussels, shrimp, corn, red potato and local kielbasa. The 20-seat bar hosts a cocktail program featuring specialty drinks like the Harvard (cognac, vermouth and bitters), the Nor’Easter (bourbon, maple and ginger), and Remember the Maine (rye, cherry, blueberry and absinthe).154 Berkeley St; 617-266-7200
Trademark Tarts. It's not a brick and mortar, but you'll want to explore a new pop tart-style outfit joining the pop-up scene. The newly launched Trademark Tarts has teamed up for weekend appearances with chef Stephanie Cmar's Stacked Donuts. You'll find them this Saturday and Sunday at The Salty Pig starting at 10:30 AM; on Monday, April 7, they'll hit Fairsted Kitchen during that Brookline restaurant's new late-night hours. (Starts at 10 PM.) This week's tart flavors are toffee apple and lemon-raspberry, they're $3 each, cash-only. Learn more about the newbie here.