Dining Playbook’s Favorite Newcomers of 2019

Davio’s Seaport


Prepare to have your breath taken away at this Parisian-style brasserie. The restaurant offers a cafe on one side, a large bar downstairs, a dining room upstairs, and a pdr that overlooks Boylston St. It’s no joke that you could spend your entire day at Rochambeau. Kick off your morning with homemade muffins, croissants, and coffee in the beautiful cafe. Enjoy dinner at the bar or in the upstairs dining room with dishes like lobster cavatelli, salmon tartare, or the Rochamburger. In place of complicated craft cocktails, Rochambeau serves classics like Manhattans, martinis, and of course, plenty of French wine. Chef Nick Calia’s motto for Rochambeau is “Fun first, French second” and we definitely agree.

900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115


Davio’s – Seaport

The upscale Italian restaurant has expanded to the Seaport, and let’s just say, the location is beautiful. Their 11th spot is a 15,000 square foot floor plan with the ability to host private dining and functions. Davio’s focuses on Northern-Italian cuisine centered around the grill. The superb quality of the dishes is apparent with every bite, thanks to pastas and desserts being made right in house. Though the restaurant specializes in steaks, diners can enjoy dishes like Kobe Beef meatballs, Philly Cheese Steak Spring Rolls, San Marzano Tomato Soup, and Niman Ranch Pork Chops. Trust us when we say you won’t want to miss dessert. Need a suggestion? Go for the Baked Alaska, but be sure to ask for a couple of forks.

50 Liberty Drive, Boston, MA 02210



In one word, Mariel is gorgeous. In a few more words, Mariel is Boston’s newest Cuban lounge located in the Financial District. The restaurant features a 25-seat rectangular bar and a lounge with stunning pink sofas, graffiti walls, and ornate chandeliers. As for the menu, it’s mostly share plates that create an overall inviting, lively atmosphere. Standout items include black eyed pea fritters, Havanese lamb belly, and steak fritas. In addition to small plates, there’s a section of Cuban street pizza. You won’t want to miss the pan-style Cubano pizza loaded with roasted pork, gruyere cheese, sweet ham, pickles, scallion, and cilantro. The whole scene will have you feeling a bit glamorous, so go ahead and order one of their beautiful cocktails…but be sure sure to Instagram it. Try the 1959: vodka, guava, coco, falernum, and lemon juice. You won’t be disappointed. 

10 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109