Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Food and Wine Magazine Includes Fox and the Knife in South Boston Among Its Best New Restaurants of 2019

A popular magazine that focuses on food and drink has come out with its picks for the ten best new restaurants in the United States, and a local dining spot has been included.

According to its website, Food & Wine Magazine has picked Fox & the Knife in South Boston as one of the top new restaurants in the country, saying that the Italian eatery is "an instant classic" while mentioning such items as the panzanella and Caesar salads, wild-boar bolognese, mafaldini (a type of pasta), and hot focaccia with taleggio. The restaurant first opened in early February in the former Maiden space on West Broadway, with Karen Akunowicz--who won a James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast last May--being behind the place.

For a look at all of the top new restaurants picked by Food & Wine Magazine for 2019, please go to the link below.

Best New Restaurants 2019

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[Note: Please join the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook Group Page to get more info on dining spots and also chat with others about Boston-area restaurants.]

Flight Club to Open in Former 75 on Courthouse Square Space in Boston's Seaport District

A new dining and drinking spot that features a popular bar game is on its way to the Boston waterfront.

According to an article from Boston Magazine, Flight Club is planning to open in the city's Seaport District, moving into the space on Seaport Boulevard where 75 on Courthouse Square had been until closing last summer. The post says that this will be the second location in the United States of the small U.K.-based chain, with the first opening in Chicago last year, and based on that location, expect a variety of food options for lunch and dinner along with beer, wine, and cocktails. Flight Club calls itself a "social darts" spot, focusing on user-friendly high-tech darts including multiplayer games, dart-tracking technology, instant scoring, and multiple score lines.

If all goes as planned, Flight Club will open sometime late this year.

The address for the upcoming Flight Club is 60 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA, 02210. The website for the business can be found at

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

King Crab Juicy Seafood Plans to Open in Saugus

Another restaurant featuring Cajun seafood may be on its way to the Boston area, with this one being just off a busy stretch of Route 1.

The Saugus Advertiser is reporting that King Crab Juicy Seafood is planning to open within the plaza on Main Street that is home to Buffalo Wild Wings and Five Guys Burgers and Fries. The article mentions that the dining spot--which could have seating for as many as 160 people--will focus on "Cajun-style seafood boil" dishes including such items as lobster, clams, shrimp, crab, catfish, tilapia, crawfish, oysters, shrimp, and mussels. If all goes as planned, King Grab Juicy Seafood could be opening in July.

A number of other Cajun-style seafood restaurants have opened in the Boston area over the past few years, including Bootleg Special, Holly Crab, Shaking Crab, and Cap't Loui.

The address for this proposed restaurant in Saugus is: King Crab Juicy Seafood, 180 Main Street, Saugus, MA, 01906.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Seafood Dishes from Boston-Area and New England Restaurants]

Brewery Being Proposed for Quincy's Wollaston Neighborhood

Last week, it was learned that a new brewery and taproom may be coming to Quincy, and now it looks like plans for a brewery space are also in the works, though it is not known whether this means there could be one or two breweries within the city.

According to an article from Wicked Local, Eric Zhang of Bayfort Holdings is proposing a new development that would include 75 apartments and retail space, the latter of which could become home to a brewery, taproom, and restaurant. The post states that the building--which would be four stories high in the rear and seven stories high in the front and would include a two-story garage--would replace retail structures at 21-29 Beale Street, which means that Koi Japanese Cuisine, which is at 21 Beale Street, could be affected. (Houses at 55 Cushing Street and 65 Chapman Street would also possibly be torn down.) A public meeting on the proposal for the development will take place on May 30 at Quincy High School.

As mentioned in an earlier article, Break Rock Brewing is planning to open somewhere in Quincy, though no specific location has been given as of yet. (And as mentioned earlier, Quincy is the largest city in New England that does not currently have a brewery.)

[Earlier Article]
Break Rock Brewing Plans to Open in Quincy

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Ten Good Places to Get Beer in the Boston Area]

Insomnia Cookies Plans to Open in Boston's Downtown Crossing

It looks like a chain of late-night cookie delivery shops may be opening its third Boston-area location, and this one would be located right in the heart of the city.

According to a licensing board hearing page within the city's website, Insomnia Cookies is planning to open on Bromfield Street in the Downtown Crossing area, with the shop including a counter area and kitchen and having proposed hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 AM. If approved and the shop does open, it will join others by Boston University and in Cambridge's Harvard Square.

Insomnia Cookies is known for its delivery of cookies to the doors of college students and others as well as its late-night retail shops; the New York-based business started out in the dorm room of founder Seth Berkowitz at the University of Pennsylvania back in 2003.

The address for the proposed Insomnia Cookies in Downtown Crossing is 61 Bromfield Street,. Boston, MA, 02108. The website for the chain can be found at

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[A related post from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): List of Restaurant Closings and Openings in the Boston Area]

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New Shanghai in Boston's Chinatown Has Closed; Exact Status Unknown

A longtime favorite in Boston's Chinatown neighborhood has closed, and it is not yet known what might become of the space.

A couple of posters within the Friends of Boston's Hidden Restaurants Facebook group page state that New Shanghai on Hudson Street is no longer in operation, confirming an earlier tweet from @JCCraves that shows the place locked up and dark. A phone call placed to the dining spot indicates that its phone is no longer in service, and there has been no specific information on if/when it could reopen or if a new restaurant might take over the space.

New Shanghai first opened more than 25 years ago and become both a media darling and an industry haunt for its Beijing and Szechuan fare.

The address for New Shanghai is 21 Hudson Street, Boston, MA, 02111.

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

[Related article from our sister site (Boston's Hidden Restaurants): Slideshow--Twelve Food Items from Asian Restaurants in the Boston Area]