Seafood Restaurant in Providence, RI, United States
The influence of the Momofuku empire is felt in Providence, too, at North. Here, alum James Mark and compadres Tim Shulga and John Toon Chester set up shop, serving a delirious mash-up of Chinese, Korean, Cambodian, and other flavors.
German Restaurant in Somerville, MA, United States
The food and drink of Germany and Central Europe aren’t a strong point of the area’s restaurant scene. With Bronwyn (the restaurant is named for his wife), T.W. Food chef Tim Wiechmann shows just how excellent sausages and beer can be.
It’s no surprise to find the food so headily fragrant, so beautifully flavored, at a restaurant that is a collaboration between Oleana’s Ana Sortun and Cassie Piuma, the former chef de cuisine there. But it’s still a pleasure.
One of the Boston Marathon bombs exploded directly in front of it, and Forum was closed for months, fronted by black plywood with a sign that read “Forum Strong. Coming Back Soon.” And come back it did.
Italian Restaurant in Brookline, MA, United States
A crack hospitality team, one of the most creative wine lists in town, and excellent cocktails complete the picture. In a year of exciting restaurant openings, Ribelle stands out for its creativity and care right off the bat.