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2022 New Restaurant

Editors’ Choice

Dryft, Revere

This sleek spot embraces its urban waterfront setting with stylish lighting and décor in a palette of blues and grays that complement seafood and ocean breezes. The menu starts with great apps, like shishito peppers, burrata, and grilled octopus. For entrées, we find the grilled swordfish is a particular delight. If you want to try everything (which we recommend), order a half-portion of one of the house-made pastas (the sausage macaroni is delicious) or share some at the table to complete an enjoyable meal by the sea. 500 Ocean Ave., Revere, 781-629-1842,

Readers’ Choice 

Stacks, Haverhill 

Boozy milkshakes and a roster of comfort food faves, like fried chicken sandwiches, Philly cheesesteak, and burgers topped with peach jam and goat cheese are a welcome addition to downtown. 122 Washington St., Haverhill, 978-891-5084,

New Restaurant (Lounge)

Editors’ Choice

Privé, Andover 

Stepping inside the gilded double doors is like slipping through a portal to a chic international party. Dark walls and low lights highlight the striking art, enhanced by a chill global soundtrack, while stylish couples and groups lounge in front of the slick fireplace or on jungle-green Art-Deco banquettes. The menu assembles luxurious bites from around the world into a small plate fantasy, from Russian caviar service to deviled eggs ramped up with black truffles. The global cocktail list is organized by spirit, featuring a selection of high-end bottles, from mezcal to Japanese whiskey, neat or in innovative cocktails. The kitchen closes early to make room for the party. Weekends bring a live DJ who gets people dancing anyplace there’s space. 27 Main St., Andover, 978-475-4082,

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