5 New Places to Eat This Weekend

By Scott Kearnan  |  March 27, 2014

404 TapasRelative newcomers like Ribelle and Fairsted Kitchen are giving a shot in the arm to Brookline's culinary landscape. And if you haven't yet had a chance, last month's opening of 404 brought a tapas bar to the area that is well worth a weekend visit. A few weeks ago chef-owner Rachid Kourda, a Tunisia native and former sous at Harvard Gardens, rolled out a small plates menu divided into meats (like bone-in goat), flatbreads (one topped with grilled lamb), vegetarian (tabouleh eggplant duo, anyone?) and seafood (like garlic saffron mussels). 404 Harvard St., Brookline; 617-383-6268

Bantam Cider Tap RoomOkay, this is more of a place to drink. But we're excited that this unique cider-only tap room opened this month in Union Square, offering up flights of five ciders or full-sized pours from eight different varieties. (Including signature ciders like the bright and crisp Wunderkind.) Hours are Thursdays-Fridays from 4-7 PM and Saturday from 1-7 PM. 40 Merriam St., Somerville; 617-299-8600

PastoralFinally! Tomorrow at 5 PM Pastoral in Fort Point finally opens. We've been teased for months now with promises of (certified!) Neapolitan pizzas from a wood-fired oven, house made pastas, and a spread of big and small plates inspired by rural culinary traditions. Take a look inside here, review the menu here, and get there ASAP. 345 Congress St; 617-345-0005

Scissors & PieThis Back Bay pizza destination opened in March with a rather esoteric mission: "The pizza has lost its way. Perhaps its soul as well," the restaurant muses on its website. "It's time to right that wrong." By all appearances (rather, tastes) it would appear they're doing well on that front. Given a menu that includes the fantastic Diavola (its artfully arranged ingredients seen above) of spicy salame, soppressata, mozzarella, red pepper flakes and more. 225 Newbury St; 857-350-4088

Wink & Nod. Opened just last week, this "speakeasy-style" cocktail lounge hosts an ambitious but still-playful beverage program and "Whisk at Wink & Nod," a culinary residency from the Jamaica Plain-born pop-up. Check out our "Cheat Sheet" guide here. 3 Appleton St.; 617-482-0117