Category Archives: Dining

Godfrey Hotel will be home to new restaurant RUKA

Godfrey Hotel Boston

Boston’s Godfrey Hotel says their new restaurant RUKA will open this fall.

Yesterday several local food blogs wrote about what had been one of the worst kept secrets in Boston’s restaurant industry.  The restaurant group behind Yvonne’s in Downtown Crossing will open a new restaurant called RUKA this fall at the Godfrey Hotel in Downtown Crossing.

The RUKA press release mentions that Chef Preston Miller will be the Executive Chef, and the menu will combine elements of traditional Peruvian cooking with strong influences of Japanese ‘nikkei’ cuisine. This type of cooking dates back to the late 19th century when approximately 7,000 Japanese workers came to Peru on special two year work contracts. Many remained after their two year contract was up and their fusion of Japanese and Peruvian cooking came to be known as ‘nikkei’ cuisine, which in recent years has become trendy in Europe.

For more information about nikkei cuisine link here.

23rd Annual Taste of the North End is April 29

Taste of the North End 2016For those who love all things Italian (but especially the food), the Taste of the North End is a fun, casual event worth checking out on Friday, April 29th from 7 to 10 p.m. at Steriti Memorial Park in the North End of Boston.

Purchase Tickets to Taste of the North End

Participants in this year’s Taste of the North End include: Accardi & Son; Albert A. Russo Imports, Inc.; Antico Forno; Terramia; Aragosta; Aria Trattoria; Artu; Bricco; Mare; Il Panino; Cafe Paradiso; Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop; Espresso Plus; Filippo; Gennaro; Il Molo; Lucia; J. Pace & Son; La Summa; Lilly Pasta; Lucca; Mamma Maria; Massimino; Mike’s Pastry; Modern Pastry; Neptune Oyster; Paul W. Marks; Piantedosi Baking; Prezza; Rocco’s Cucina & Bar; Sail Loft; Strega; Taranta; The Living Room; Tresca; Union Oyster House; Vito’s; Carmelina’s; Ward 8; Fabrizia Limoncello; Fantasy Wines; Voga Italia Wines; Champy; and Harpoon Brewery.

Tickets are on sale for $79, but the price will increase in just a few days. Starting on April 16th tickets will be $99 so purchase your tickets today.

Kava Neo Taverna temptations

Restaurant, Boston, Greek

312 Shawmut Avenue – South End, Boston

Kava Neo Taverna is a neighborhood Greek restaurant that is patiently waiting for the city to allow it to open in their new home located on the corner of Union Park and Shawmut Avenue in the South End across from the South End Buttery.

Over the past couple months I have been able to meet and talk to the team behind this new restaurant, that I will admit I’m excited to have opening. They were gracious enough to send me a few photos of some of the items you can expect to find on their menu when they open.  Think of this as a feast for your eyes and something to tempt you until they open.

Greek food

Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves with rice)

Greek food

Small Plate Options: Patates Lemonates (potatoes, lemon, oregano and olive oil);
Elies (olives, olive oil and oregano);
Spanakopita (spinach pie)

Greek Food

Kolokithakia (zucchini chips with scordalia)

Greek food

Horiatiki (tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, red onion, olives, feta cheese, oregano, and olive oil)

καλή όρεξη

Emma’s Pizza to open new location in South End

Emma's Pizza, Mangia PizzaLast week I was so happy to read that the popular (and incredibly delicious) Kendall Square pizzeria, Emma’s Pizza, is planning to open a new spot (yet to be named) in the space previously occupied by Mangia on Columbus Avenue.

The Boston Restaurant Talk blog writes, “Based on early information, it looks like the new place will be a satellite location focusing mainly on takeout and delivery (slices will be offered as well as whole pies), with counter seating inside and some additional patio seating outdoors during the warmer months.

South End restaurant Kitchen closes

Scott HerrittEater Boston reported today something that has long been rumored in the South End, the imminent closure of Kitchen Restaurant on Tremont Street. According to the article which you can read here  Eater Boston writes:

“Sometimes liquor licenses in Boston are a little tricky,” Herritt told Eater. The four-year-old Kitchen had been operating with the liquor license for F.S. Pops, the previous restaurant in that space, which is losing the license. Herritt said he did not have immediate plans to find an alternative location for Kitchen, and the staff will move to his other restaurants.

This past September Kitchen had revamped their menu to focus on local seafood, but it was hard to tell if the change had helped or hurt the cute restaurant with one of the most desirable street side dining patios in the neighborhood.  One thing that is abundantly clear, without a liquor license there is no way a restaurant in the South End can hope to succeed.

R.I.P. Kitchen

Boston Chops burger party Sunday, March 20

Boston ChopsOne of my favorite restaurants in Boston has just ensured that I’ll be stopping by on Sunday night when they serve their absolutely delicious hamburger (free of charge) at the bar starting at 10PM on Sunday, March 20th.

For those who will be out enjoying Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday, pace yourself, and I’ll see you at the bar at Boston Chops.

All you can eat sushi at Yamato II in Back Bay

sushiYamato II on Boylston Street in the Back Bay is easy to miss if you aren’t looking down. The subterranean restaurant serves up all you can sushi seven days a week, but I had never heard of it until we were introduced to it a few weeks ago, when friends of ours invited us to join them.

I love sushi but since Sergio doesn’t like it I rarely eat it.  Fortunately, Yamato II serves up a lot of non-sushi options so even non-sushi enthusiasts like Sergio can really enjoy themselves. Since the photos I snapped don’t do the food justice I’ve opted to use the photo below from the restaurant’s website to give you a peek at some of the tempting things you can order.

Photo credit: Yamato IIThe all you can eat sushi is $17.50 for lunch and $25 for dinner (Sunday through Thursday).  It is a few dollars more for dinner on Friday and Saturdays but regardless of when you go it is a great deal for sushi lovers.  Yamato also has a second location on 117 Chiswick Road in Brighton, MA.

Yamato II
545 Boylston Street (in Copley Square)