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Best new ethnic restaurant in Boston area?

BlakeGumprecht Jun 1, 2013 12:06 PM

Hi all,

I'm looking for nominations for the best new(ish) ethnic restaurant in the Boston area. I'm driving to Boston on Sunday for a movie and want to try someplace new. It must be vegetarian friendly.

Thanks for any and all suggestions.


  1. Boston_Otter Jun 1, 2013 12:23 PM

    Not sure where your movie is, but the first place that springs to mind is Dosa n Curry in Somerville. It's a 100% vegan Indian restaurant.

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    1. re: Boston_Otter
      BlakeGumprecht Jun 1, 2013 12:49 PM

      Is that the former Dosa Temple? If so, I've been there.

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        jgg13 Jun 1, 2013 01:24 PM


      2. re: Boston_Otter
        Luther Jun 1, 2013 03:09 PM

        Not technically new (just a name change and slight menu change), but it's very good

      3. Boston_Otter Jun 1, 2013 01:02 PM

        My favorite new 'ethnic' spot in the area is Bronwyn, doubly so because of the total lack of decent German food anywhere around here. Most of their specialties are meat-focused, but you can still enjoy their huge pretzels, the house-milled bread bowl, the Kartoffelkäse, borscht, gruner salat, Rebekuchen, the kale Pierogi, the spaetzle, etc.

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          BlakeGumprecht Jun 1, 2013 01:07 PM

          Thanks for this recommendation! Bronwyn is new to me but I'm glad to know about. Looking at the menu, it does have a few vegetarian main courses. Not sure German food is what I want on a 95-degree day, but I will go eventually and will inform students in my Geography of Food class about it. It's also a bit pricey. Main courses are $19 and up.

          1. re: BlakeGumprecht
            Boston_Otter Jun 1, 2013 01:27 PM

            Yes, it's definitely on the high side. Quite tasty, though.

            Another place I just thought of is Cuppacoffee / KO Pies, two Australian pie shops that opened in Boston not long ago.

            1. re: Boston_Otter
              BlakeGumprecht Jun 1, 2013 01:47 PM

              Been to KO Pies in East Boston. Loved it.

        2. enhF94 Jun 1, 2013 03:44 PM

          Given your KO Pies love (which I share), am I correct in inferring that you intend "ethnic" to mean "country/culture-focused-cuisine" rather than "non-white-people eat it?"

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          1. re: enhF94
            BlakeGumprecht Jun 2, 2013 06:05 AM

            Umm...sure...I guess.

            Perhaps I should have defined "ethnic," but I left my definitions at work. I guess I didn't think would be necessary.

            Still looking for suggestions, by the way.

            1. re: BlakeGumprecht
              enhF94 Jun 2, 2013 12:47 PM

              My point being that all food is ethnic, which I think you recognized, but many do not.

              1. re: enhF94
                ac106 Jun 2, 2013 01:33 PM

                Look everyone on chowhound knows what a poster means when they say "ethnic". I think Shaws uses the term for one of their aisles. We don't have to prove how PC 24/7

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            mwk Jun 2, 2013 01:09 PM

            I don't think it's a "new" restaurant, but as they used to say in the Used Car business, it's maybe "new to YOU" :) My favorite "ethnic" place in Boston right now is Myung Dong 1st Avenue, a Korean Soju bar in Allston. There is plenty of vegetarian-friendly fare on the menu and the drinks are awesome. They also open all of the front windows in this weather so it's quite pleasant.


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              gltsoi Jun 2, 2013 02:25 PM

              Que padre in East Boston has Bolivian food, as well as Mexican.


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              1. re: gltsoi
                cambridgedoctpr Jun 2, 2013 02:59 PM

                Tenoch is a year old and is located in Medford Center.

                Cafe Sushi has upgraded its offerings; I think that a restaurant is new when the chef is new.

                i think that we can all decide individually what is meant by ethnic without spending too much time wondering how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

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