New(ish) Boston Eats

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The restaurant scene in Boston is all abuzz lately. The combination of farm-to-table and innovation has piqued my interest as more chefs create comfortable and inviting atmospheres while allowing fresh (and often, local!) ingredients to take center stage.

Here are a few places I’m hoping to try in the coming weeks. Have you been to any? What restaurants top your must-try list?

Alden & Harlow – Michael Scelfo, formerly of Russell House Tavern, opened the doors of Alden & Harlow a few months back and I’m finally checking it out tonight! From the photos I’ve seen, the space looks so warm and inviting. The cocktails are supposed to be creative – take the McGregor’s Garden for instance, which incorporates spiced parsnip puree. I’m not always the most adventurous, but it can be fun to try favorite foods in new ways.

Wink & Nod – This new South End speakeasy just opened last week. Chefs Philip Kruta and Jeremy Kean of Whisk fame are leading Wink & Nod’s food menu.  The “fresh twinkie” is already receiving a lot of press!

Barcelona Wine Bar – Serving up tapas in Washington Square, the Barcelona Wine Bar has been attracting quite the crowd since it opened. I love Spanish wine — and could eat Patata Bravas every night.

Bondir Concord – I’ve yet to try the original Bondir in Cambridge, but I’m even more interested in heading out to Concord to try the new Bondir. A menu that changes daily plus great design (and fireplace)! Rumor has it that they will be offering outdoor seating come summer.

Image courtesy of Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman.

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