A few days in downtown Boston
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:18 PM
Many thanks in advance. Looking forward to my first visit to the city.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:54 PM
Posted 11 March 2012 - 04:56 PM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:12 AM
I have not been in Boston in a while but I will still share my map. I'm sure most places are still relevant and there are many near your hotel.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:40 AM
Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:14 PM
I would stay 100 miles away from any branch of Legal Seafoods.
L'Espalier has moved and I don't believe is what it used to be.
If you have a car and lots of time (which it sounds like you don't), I'd head up to the North Shore and hit the Ipswich Clam Box, Farnham's or Woodman's.
You can get decent New England seafood at Jasper White's Summershack. (Not North Shore or Maine quality, but "good enough," as my mother used to say.)
For a more upscale vibe, Radius in the financial district has been around forever but I think is still supposed to be good. I've heard good things a sushi restaurant in the same area called O Ya - expect to pay through the nose. Locke-Ober is the classic old Boston place, but it's been vanilla-ized since Lydia Shire took it over.
In Cambridge, Craigie on Main gets good reviews - I have not been.
There is good Vietnamese in Allston, Speed's Hot Dogs (a truck) in Newmarket Square (car needed) and Simco's Hot Dogs in Mattapan (car definitely needed) are both sui generis. Chang Sho for Chinese-American in Cambridge (you can get there on Red Line). Casey's Diner in Natick for classic railroad-car burgers and dogs (car needed).
The East Coast Grill in Inman Square in Cambridge used to be good, but I think it's gone downhill since it expanded.
Scargo's recommendations are not bad.... I don't think Helmand (the Afghan place in East Cambridge) is as good as it used to be. If Lala Rokh is still there on Beacon Hill, as it seems to be, it's a wonderfully romantic and absolutely delicious Persian place which would put any New York equivalent to shame (but not Los Angeles).
Bostonians, please jump in with your recommendations. I'm a native (though since relocated), and I still believe the best options are out of town or eating at someone's house. Which is the way it always was.
Edited by patrickamory, 12 March 2012 - 09:19 PM.
Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:15 AM
Patrick’s recommendations are good. Here are a few places a short distance from your hotel, if that’s where you need to stay. Nothing fancy, but you’re more likely to see the locals:
Parrish Café, Boylston Street. Creative sandwiches, good for lunch. Inexpensive.
CODA, Columbus Avenue. Simple but good American cuisine, reasonably priced.
Anchovies, Columbus Avenue. Old-school Italian-American. Open until late. Inexpensive.
L’Espalier, Boylston Street. Understated French. Okay, this one is fancy but the Monday night 4 course menu with wine @ $65 is a very good deal. http://www.lespalier...nts/index.shtml
A 10 minute walk down Dartmouth Street will put you in the heart of the South End neighborhood. Lots of good dining choices here. My favorites, again, nothing fancy, but if you want neighborhood places:
Franklin Café, Shawmut Avenue. Bar/restaurant, American cuisine. Open late.
Orinoco, Shawmut Avenue. Casual Latin, Good for lunch or dinner.
B&G Oyster and The Butcher Shop, both on Tremont Street. Popular, casual places, both launched by local chef Barbara Lynch.
Lots of high-end choices here too, including very expensive sushi at Oishii on Washington Street.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 07:37 AM
Not to cross the streams, but the Boston Chowhound board tends to be more active--a quick search should turn up a number of other suggestions.
Posted 23 March 2012 - 10:30 AM
Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:49 AM
To my short list of South End favorites, you might want to add Coppa on Shawmut Street. Italian, with house made salumi, pastas, etc. I omitted it initially because it's generally impossible to get a table at dinner (though they've begun taking reservations). But the chef, Jamie Bissonnette, was just nominated for a James Beard award (Best Chef, Northeast) so you may think it's worth the effort. Open for lunch and serves a late bar menu too.
The sushi restaurant that Patrick recommended above, O Ya, also received a Beard Award nomination.
Since emannths is sending you beyond your immediate 'hood for seafood, let me add another recomendation, Neptune Oyster on Salem Street in the North End. 15 minutes from you after a short walk from the Haymarket station on the Green Line. Very small, so there's usually a wait, but worth it. You can walk around the corner for cannolli or gelato afterwards.
Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:29 AM
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Posted 12 August 2012 - 04:06 PM
If you're looking for something special not far from the hotel, I have two suggestions: # 1. take a stroll across Beacon Hill to No. 9 Park, one of Barbara Lynch's earliest restaurants and still one if the city's best. From the Liberty it's a pleasant 15 minute walk through one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. # 2. hop on the Red Line (just outside the hotel door) and go two stops to Central Square in Cambridge and head over to Craigie on Main, another of the area's finest. They're very different from each other, No. 9 has a comfortably refined atmosphere, Craigie seemingly more casual but the food is not. Both will cost you, but are worth a splurge. Reservations recommended, though you can try to snag a seat at the bar without one.
If you're not going for high end but still want to stay nearby, there are other good casual dining options in Central Square. My personal favorites include Rendezvous and Central Kitchen. If you'd rather explore other Boston neighborhoods, there are lots of suggestions earlier in this topic.