Mahaniyom is Eater Boston’s best new restaurant


Here are the other restaurants that made the 2021 Eater Awards list.

Rambutan salad in Mahaniyom. Courtesy of Mahaniyom

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Six new restaurants were recognized as winners of the 2021 Eater Awards for Boston, an annual list that returned after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eater Boston announced the winners on Wednesday, noting that restaurants that opened in 2020 and most of 2021 have counted towards this year’s list.

As the challenges of the pandemic continue to plague the industry – from staff shortages to supply chain issues to the simple fact that the weather in New England is not conducive to al fresco dining year round – local restaurants and industry workers have shown incredible resilience and creativity. the past two years, ”wrote Rachel Leah Blumenthal, editor for Eater Boston.

Brookline’s Mahaniyom was named Best New Restaurant. Specializing in Thai tapas, the restaurant has made a name for itself serving dishes like panang beef and crab fried rice. He’s also known for having a creative bar program, with Blumenthal calling a sazerac with Thai tea infused rye and pandan syrup daiquiri.

The award for best new pop-up went to Comfort Kitchen, which operates out of Jamaica Plain’s Little Dipper with a view to a brick-and-mortar opening in early 2022 in Dorchester. Founded by Biplaw Rai, Nyacko Pearl Perry and Kwasi Kwaa, Comfort Kitchen celebrates “flavors and ingredients from the African diaspora, touching cuisines from Asia to the Americas”.

Barra, another newcomer before the pandemic, received the award for best new bar. The compact Somerville spot opened in February 2020, serving contemporary Mexico City-inspired cuisine as well as innovative cocktails, like an Oaxacan whiskey sour and a Rumchata-based espresso martini.

Check out the full list of winners, including restaurants named Best New Cafe, Best New Bakery, and Best New Casual Restaurant.

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