Boston’s restaurant scene is getting hotter and particularly in the Seaport District where 3 new celebrity chefs have plans to open soon. The most recent announcement is from larger than life Chef Mario Batali who plans to open Babbo Pizzeria according a tweet from Batali that he is coming to Boston “very soon!!” He has no other Babbo Pizzeria yet, but there is a Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, two OTTO Enoteca Pizzeria locations, and three Pizzeria Mozza location so maybe this will be a blend of them all. If Batali’s newest restaurant will be anything like his existing OTTO Locations, patrons may find thin crust Pizzas, fresh pasta’s, antipasta daily Bruschetta specials and of course a huge Wine List and large Dessert menu! The 6,500 sq/ft restaurant is rumored to be opening up on Summer street in the Seaport District in a former warehouse.
In Addition to Batali’s new restaurant the Seaport District is also home to Ming Tsai’s new venture “Blue Dragon”. The intimate 75 seat restaurant which will be opening in the former “A Street Deli” is described as an “Asian Gastropub” with some sample dishes such as Indonesian Curry Shepherds Pie and there version of Fish n Chips with Hacked Peking duck! Sounds Tasty! Rumor has it they were denied the 2am licence and given only a 1am which is a bummer for Ming and fellow Restaurant goers.
The 3rd Celebrity is Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. He is well known for his TV exploits on “Chopped” and “The Next Iron Chef”, which he won. He currently owns 2 restaurants in NYC, 1 in New Jersey and is part of “Ocean Blue” which is affiliated with Norwegian Cruise Lines. His Boston Restaurant is supposed to be similar to his NYC Restaurant “The National”. It should be a high energy spot with great food, great beers and great craft cocktails.
All of these great restaurants are happening in conjunction with Booming residential development, and why not as someone will need to fill these great restaurants up. 319A Street which is currently under construction and will be a 184 unit apartment building and will be directly across the street from “Blue Dragon”. Several other new developments such as Fan Pier, 411 D Street, waterside Place, 49-63 Melcher Street, 381 Congress street are all scheduled to completed in Spring/Summer of 2013 or early 2014 and will be just a short walk to all these great restaurants!.
With all the new construction some people are forgetting the existing Loft projects. Fortpoint place at 21 Wormwood street which was converted in 2000 has several Condos that are chef worthy. If you want to be your own “in home” Iron chef check out some of these past sales with Iron Chef Like Kitchen’s!