One Night in Boston
- Tom Carrillo
I will be moving to Boston from San Diego with my wife on December 20th. This Tuesday, 11/27, I will be making my first trip to Boston for an interview. We are moving on account of my wife's career. Though I do appreciate change and enjoy adventure, I am finding it difficult to get excited about the move. I'm hoping that someone can recommend a place to go for a meal that will say "this is why you live in Boston".
I will be staying in Cambridge but am willing to travel as far as need be. I will be living in Brookline so if there is anywhere of particular interest to eat, see or do let me know.
There are tons of wonderful places to eat in Boston - don't worry! In cambridge I would recommend East Coast Grill on Cambridge Street. Great fish and drinks. A little bit noisy. Or the Blue Room which is over by the Kendall Theater/Cinema - they have great food, and a good wine and beer list.
In Boston, Casa Romero is good for Mexican style cuisine - very romantic atmosphere and great food/margaritas - you might want to call for a reservation. Bamboa is great as well - that's in the South End, Franco-Brazilian cuisine. Ym. Hope this helps. Good luck!
I save Clio for my birthday each year. It is at the Eliot Hotel at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue, right on the edge of Back Bay. Although very expensive, the food is out of this world. The Tasting menu (something like sixteen tiny courses the night we had it) is something I will never forget but it is EXTREMELY expensive.
Other memorable options:
OLEANA - winner of all sorts of awards; fascinating Middle Eastern / Meditteranean / Morrocan / Turkish influences; a really amazing chef, Ana Sortun, at the helm.
L'ESPALIER - world class french food in a charming townhouse
SILKS - a good forty minutes drive into the suburbs to the Stonehedge Inn might help understand the good aspects of Boston; beautiful countryside on the way there; updated French food with New England touches; the type of place people get engaged
MATT MURPHY'S - Who knew that Irish food in a downscale pub setting could be so darn good? The freshest ingredients to make perfect fish and chips and heartwarming soups and shephards pie. What's more, it's in Brookline.
Let us know which one you choose!
Having finally escaped Boston for the West Coast, I don't envy you your move! Nonetheless, I think starting out with a good meal is a great idea. Whoever suggested the East Coast Grill was right on target--they have really tasty (if somewhat expensive) food and a good, festive atmosphere. For a quieter scene, I really like On The Park, which is on Shawmut Avenue in the South End. It's very small, but they have very good (not fantastic, but very good) food and a wonderful ambiance. The servers are generally friendly, and the setting is beautiful, tucked in among a bunch of brownstones in the South End. If you want something a little different, that you probably can't get in every city, I would go to Atasca on Broadway Avenue in Cambridge. They have wonderful Portuguese food. If you do go there, I highly recommend ordering off the "small plates" menu and skipping the main dishes. Although the descriptions of the main dishes may be mouth-watering, they never live up to the small plates. In particular, the sauteed squid with polenta croutons is a must. The fava beans are also good. And the white wine (vinho verde--never mind about the etymology!) is cheap and good. They also have a nice selection of ports for after dinner, and good desserts.
Good luck in Boston--I really hope you end up liking it!
I second the recommendations for Oleana and also East Coast Grill, but Cafe St. Petersburg in Brookline Village is a wonderful place. The food is Russian and excellent, there is a great vodka selection (try the house horseradish variety), and there is usually a piano player. We went for my husband's birthday last week and had a marvelous time.