“They had super moist chicken, and when I bit into it, it was like biting into a slice of heaven,” said Joseph Anderson, a Bentley University student. “And when I did it, it was like a little bit of crunch but then just a full melt of flavors in my mouth.”
After six years of planning and building, a pair of Auburndale residents finally achieved their dream and opened Ward 4 in June 2021, cheekily named after the fourth voting ward of Newton, where the community restaurant sits.
Over 18 inches of snow buried Chestnut Hill during a blizzard on Jan. 26, but that didn’t stop a Commonwealth Ave. pizza parlor from opening its doors.
The international bakery and cafe chain Tous Les Jours opened a new location in Newton Centre in December, bringing fresh and authentic South Korean and French goods to the city.
Da LaPosta Pizzeria opened in November in Newton, and its liveliness and charm might be enough to rival the renowned restaurants of Boston’s North End.
The intersection of Arlington St. and Crawford St. in Watertown is a slow and quiet residential area. What Da Chick, a new Thai chicken restaurant with bright yellow walls covered in pictures of cartoon chickens, acts as a beacon of light on the otherwise gray street corner.
Double Zero, a New York-based vegan pizzeria and wine bar that opened on July 9, brings innovative doughs and Italian-inspired recipes to Newbury Street.
Coco Ramen, a Newton Centre restaurant that opened in September, brings Japanese cuisine and a homely atmosphere to a neighborhood with few competitors. For Mukesh Gupta, a customer at the restaurant on a rainy November night, the food let his family explore a new cuisine, he said.
On a sunny Saturday morning, the line winded its way out the door of Sofra around the corner onto Holworthy Street. Business has been booming at Sofra following its inclusion in The New York Times’ “The Restaurant List” from Oct. 12, which names the 50 restaurants The New York Times is currently “most excited about.”
Stepping through the door of Zuzu’s Petals, customers are transported to a small cafe in Paris. The dim lighting mixed with Etta James’ voice pouring out of the speakers creates an atmosphere that draws customers in, inviting them to sit down and stay for a while.