New restaurants have been popping up all over Boston. From quick spots to grab a pizza during your lunch break to elaborate sit-down meals with innovative dishes alongside creative cocktails, it is hard to keep up. But these five spots are a great start for those looking to expand their restaurant experiences.

Tater Tots Poutine (Credit, Michelle Levine)

Bostonia Public House
131 State St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 948-9800

In April, Bostonia Public House opened its doors in the Financial District just steps from Faneuil Hall. Featuring a menu filled with American favorites and special cocktails, it quickly became a favorite for after-work drinks or weekend outings, and to enjoy the live jazz band. Tater Tot Poutine and the chips and dip make for an excellent way to start a meal. Entrees include lobster macaroni and cheese, lemon risotto or the steak and potatoes.

(Image: Bar Boulud)

(Image: Bar Boulud)

Bar Boulud
776 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 535-8800

Located at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bar Boulud opened its doors on busy Boylston Street. Head here for lunch, dinner, dessert and even memorable meals on the major holidays. Snack on the Olives Marinées, which features marinated olives, provencal herbs, garlic and lemon. Then move on to the Maine steamed mussels, Coq au Vin, which includes red wine-braised chicken and bacon lardon served with pearl onions, or keep it simple with a burger and fries.
(Image: Alden & Harlow)

(Image: Alden & Harlow)

Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864-2100

The year started out with the opening of Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square. With a menu filled with modern twists on American classics, Chef Michael Scelfo and his team serve up dinner, drinks and desserts, plus brunch on weekends. Standout dishes include the pork belly, braised rabbit stew, pan roasted snails and grilled lamb sirloin.

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(Image: Mast)

(Image: Mast)

45 Province St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 936-3800

Newcomer to Downtown Crossing is Mast. The menu focuses on Southern Italian and European cuisine, including Neapolitan wood-fired pizza and signature drinks. A raw bar menu offers local seafood selections and house-made pasta is also an excellent option. But the pizza menu is one you won’t want to miss. Highlights are the wild mushroom pizza with oyster, shitake and crimini mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, garlic and white truffle oil. Also the broccoli rabe and sausage pizza is delicious or the La Domenica featuring Sicilian eggplant along with tomatoes, basil and olive oil.

(Image: Bastille Kitchen)

(Image: Bastille Kitchen)

Bastille Kitchen
49 Melcher St.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 556-8000

Spring marked the opening of Bastille Kitchen in the Fort Point/Waterfront area. Locals anticipated this opening since it is co-owned by Seth Greenberg of one of Boston’s best restaurants, Mistral. Chef Adam Kube’s menu is filled with French favorites including onion soup, escargots and mussels. Local, sustainable seafood dishes include the Bouillabaisse with lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, cod and saffron-cognac nage or the scallops over lobster risotto.

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Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on