6 New Reasons to Dine Out in Boston

The best deals, from dim sum to beer dinners
November 10, 2016
by Scott Kearnan

Need a few new reasons to dine out this month? Of course not. But hey, here are a few tasty deals and exciting new menus anyway. 

Wiener & Wine Wednesdays at Haley.Henry
When this classy Downtown wine bar opened over the summer, it helped usher in to Boston a trend of tinned seafood-serving restaurants (alongside Back Bay's Saltie Girl). But this month the joint introduced a new reason to stop by: Wiener & Wine Wednesdays. Every week chef chef Carolina Curtin will prepare a different swanky hot dog offered with a special wine pairing for $15-20: think a dog on toasted brioche with house made heirloom tomato jam, pickled onions, pickled mustard seed and dijon aioli. Quantities will be limited, so swing by early. 

45 Province St.; 617-208-6000

Courtesy of Foundry on Elm

Beer Dinner Series at Foundry on Elm
It seems like every week there's a new craft beer to sip and sample. Where to start? Somerville's New American brasserie Foundry on El has revived its Beer Dinner Series this month, and it's quite a deal: Every Thursday the restaurant will offer a two-course prix fixe menu with specially paired suds for just $20. Last week's kickoff featured Framingham's Jack's Abby, tonight's installment will spotlight Stone Brewing Co. out of Escondido, California, and next week will pour out Hampton, New Hampshire's beloved Smuttynose Brewing Co. Drink up. 

255 Elm St., Somerville; 617-628-9999

Monday night pasta flights at Terramia Ristorante
​If the phrase "pasta flight" suggests grabbing a ticket to Italy, save your dough — and just head to the North End, where Terramia has introduced a weekly sampling series that lets guests choose any three pasta options for $25. Options include baked rigatoni with sausage and broccoli rabe, gnocchi with buffalo mozzarella and smoked pancetta and pappardelle with veal. 

98 Salem St.; 617-523-3112

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​Family Meal at Bar Mezzana
Speaking of Italian: Chef Colin Lynch's South End restaurant focused on coastal Italian cuisine has been a hit since it emerged at the Ink Block development this summer. And for November, Lynch has unveiled a new menu for family-style dining: the Piatti della Famiglia menu, offered at $62 per person, will offer shareable highlights from each section of Bar Mezzana's dinner menu, from crudo of salmon with green chili salsa verde to sweet potato cappellettii, balsamic-glazed lamb and pear crostata with ginger gelato. The family meal menu will be available from Thursdays through Saturdays this month, and beverage pairings are also available for $30 per person.

360 Harrison Ave.; 617-530-1770

Courtesy of Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge

Sunday Brunch at Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge
This bi-level restaurant in Harvard Square has rolled out weekly Sunday brunch from 11:30 AM-2:30 PM, merging New American cuisine with global influence to create kedgeree, an Indian lentil and rice dish with smoked haddock, braised short rib with polenta and bread pudding with butterscotch.  

91 Winthrop St., Cambridge; 617-714-3206

Courtesy of Mike Diskin/Tiger Mama

​Dim Sum Sundays at Tiger Mama
Creative table side service seem to be on the rise in Boston — in fact, here are a few new options we've noticed. Now add another to the list: Dim Sum Sundays, kicking off November 13. Top Chef Tiffani Faison's Fenway-side Southeast Asian restaurant will now feature a roving cart (from 12-9 PM) stocked with cocktails, Vietnamese coffee and plates like Singapore street noodles, lobster spring rolls and Thai fried chicken, all priced at $5, $10 or $15 each. 

1363 Boylston St.; 617-425-6262

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