New and Notable Restaurants in Boston

Filed in Featured, Food & Dining, Headline, Local News by on June 19, 2009 1 Comment
Tory Row

Tory Row

Despite the downturn, Boston saw a several new restaurants opening earlier this year. Here’s our take on a couple of newcomers to the Commonwealth.

1. Tory Row: Filling the space formerly known as The Greenhouse, the restaurant has been transformed into a sleek and modern space with plenty of windows for people-watching along Brattle Street. The communal seating is a little like Wagamama, which isn’t surprising, since Wagamama is a favorite from across the pond. Try the baguette and curry apricot cheese spread – it’s practically addictive!

2. Bond: Once home to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, this space is now part of the Langham Hotel features vaulted ceilings, ample mirrors, glittering chandeliers, and blown-up bils on the walls, an homage to decadance and luxury. Menu items draw their inspiration from around the world (for instance, mixed Mediterranean olives, foi gras, and Vietnamese vegetable summer rolls). Even the cocktail list has a global flair with items like the Euro, the Yan, and the Peso.

3. Sensing: This North End newcomer sits right on the water, so there’s a pleasant view from the outdoor patio. Chef Martin’s menu includes fresh local flavors like lobster and cod mixed with more exotic ingredients such as lemongrass, coconut, and carrot giner puree. With the kitchen partially open to the bar area, you can also watch the chefs in action.

4. Café 47: This cozy Back Bay cafe boasts exposed brick walls, a takeout area, and a cool, industry-looking ceiling. Menu items include paninis, pastas, pizzas, risotto, and steak, all for $18 or less. The wine selection is equally varied and affordable. For dessert, Cafe 47 offers a fried banana caramel cheesecake, chocolate mousse, or a trio of mini cupcakes from Sweet next door.

5. Technique: The new in-house restaurant at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Boston features a rotating array of seasonal, freshly prepared menu items. You can choose from lighter or more substantial options, and there’s always a vegetarian entree. My boyfriend loved the lobster johnny cakes, and I enjoyed my veggie dish. The wine list is very reasonable, and they offer half glasses, so you can afford to try a few. Be sure to save room for dessert, because those sugary confections are also masterful works of art!

Tell us! Have you tried any of these restaurants? Are there others we should add to this list? I’d love to know!

Flickr photo courtesy of mhmcfee

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A contributing writer/blogger for, Susan Johnston lives and writes near Fenway Park. She loves exploring the city and has also contributed to The Boston Globe,, and many other places.

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