For jaded Bostonians, a restaurant with nightclub-chic good looks engenders a sinking feeling: “Here be mediocre food and drink.” Yvonne’s crushes this old wisdom by serving absolutely first-rate cocktails and a terrific, eclectic menu in a jaw-dropping space: the bygone Brahmin landmark Locke-Ober, its old-money mahogany fixtures intact, but the rooms otherwise transformed with opulent surfaces, cheeky wall art and the flattering light of fireplaces and crystal chandeliers. It adds up to the most consistently fun and glamorous new restaurant to hit the city in years.
2 Winter Place, Boston • (617) 267-0047
2014 Winner: Alden & Harlow
After years as a mercenary chef, Michael Scelfo finally added “owner” to his title, and his overdue solo debut is a smash...
- 40 Brattle St., Cambridge
- (617) 864-2100
2015 Winner: Townsman
Homecoming king Matt Jennings shuttered Providence’s fabled Farmstead Inc. to open this newcomer in his native Hub, and we couldn’t be happier to have him back…...
- 120 Kingston St., Boston
- (617) 993-0750
2017 Winner: Little Donkey
At their two previous collaborations, Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer had to stay in specific small-plates lanes: Italian at Coppa, Spanish at Toro...
- 505 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
- (617) 945-1008
2018 Winner: Cultivar
- 1 Court St., Boston
- (617) 979-8203