What’s New: First Courses


Winter Hill

PROOF isn’t your average liquor store. Now open in Winter Hill, PROOF carries wine, beer, and spirits. It will also serve as a “gathering spot,” general manager Jay Cahill told Boston Magazine, complete with an extensive programming calendar. Come to buy booze, stay for cupcake decorating, cigar rolling, or a cooking demonstration.

Tasting Counter Goes Digital

Nabbing a seat at the 20-seat bar at the renowned Tasting Counter can sometimes be a gamble—but now, you can experience some of the restaurant’s unique flavors at home. Tasting Counter has launched a retail website, TC Market, where their house-made condiments are up for sale, Boston Magazine reports. A wide variety of Tasting Counter’s signature funky flavors are yours for the taking, from “craft beer malt vinegar” to “lacto-fermented hot sauce.”

Union Square

Saus, the downtown-Boston eatery known for its beer, fries, and extensive list of dipping sauces, has crossed the Charles and landed in a colorful corner of Bow Market. However, this second location comes with a twist: Everything on the menu, from the burger to the chili dog, is vegetarian, and can be made vegan upon request, according to Eater Boston. That means you can dive into a pile of poutine without breaking your healthy New Year’s Resolution (right?).

Genki Ya
Davis Square

Popular local chain Genki Ya has brought its sushi to Davis Square, Eater Boston reports. Known for its extensive menu and customizable options, the Davis Genki Ya also has a liquor license and a full bar. This is the chain’s fifth location in the Greater Boston area, with other locations in Brookline, Cambridge, Boston, and Dedham.

Juliet Dishes Out Affordable Dining
Union Square

Juliet, the Union Square outpost that is constantly playing with the way restaurants are run (see: its no-tipping policy and its calendar of rotating dining experiences), has found a way to make its upscale fare accessible to a wider audience. Through a partnership with Food for All, the Cambridge-born app that allows restaurants to sell food (often what’s leftover) at discounted prices, Juliet will make five meals available four nights a week for only $6. The meals will be available for pickup between the hours of 8 and 10 p.m.

Davis Square

While Cambridge lost its beloved Crema Cafe, partner Steve Postal promised in a column for Eater Boston that the cafe’s soul will live on in Revival, a venture from the Crema team now open in Davis Square. Like the other Revival location, which opened in mid-2018 in Alewife, the Davis spot will serve breakfast, lunch, and coffee, with a rotating list of specials.

Two New Indian Takeout Spots

Temperatures are plummeting, and who are we kidding—these are the peak months of the year for ordering delivery from the couch. Luckily, the city is gaining not one, but two new Indian takeout spots to spice up this cold season, Eater Boston reports. For Spring Hill residents, there’s now Curry Express, which boasts a wide menu including momo, curry, and tandoori dishes. Union Square residents will get Masala Square, which will serve Indian and Nepali fare in the former Godavari Mini space.

Urban Axes
Union Square

Union Square’s new, much-anticipated watering hole is providing a new way to entertain yourself as you drink: axe throwing. Initially popularized in Canada, the sport is simple: chuck 1.5-pound hatchets at a wooden target. Basically a cooler, scarier game of darts. Groups of at least six can reserve a 2.5-hour slot to get their lumberjack on, and smaller squads are encouraged to take advantage of walk-in hours. Nervous about what might happen when you combine beer and a sharp weapon? Never fear, training coaches are spread throughout the facility to keep an eye on the flying axes.

This article originally appeared in the What’s New section of the Free Time Fervor issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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