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Jan 11, 2002 02:59 PM

NYC Chowhound Eating in Boston

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Experienced NYC Chowhound is coming to Boston for a weekend (actually Sat thru Monday)with his wife; needs to leave with a good feeling for how awesome the Boston restaurant food is.

Can anyone put together a recommendation trio:

Saturday dinner
Sunday lunch/brunch
Sunday dinner

If you want to see they types of places I like, check out my site.

Any help is greatly appreciated!


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  1. Hey--

    Checked out your site...We have a lot of New York favorites in common; I'm actually heading there this weekend and dinner tomorrow is at Nobu.

    I only have time to make some quick suggestions off the top of my head, but you can read up on Zagat's site(or try

    I'll stick to downtown Boston since I don't know where you're staying...

    Biba (definitely try this, get a window table facing the public garden
    No. 9 Park
    Mantra (will make you think you're in NYC--not sure if this is good or bad)

    Tremont 647
    Blue Room (well, this is in Cambridge, but worth a short ride if necessary)
    75 Chestnut

    Enjoy and let us know where you ended up going.


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    1. re: gracie

      all great dinner ideas...another spot worth checking out is the Oak Bar in the Copley Plaza Hotel...very "old boston"

      1. re: gracie

        Seconding Clio -- really, really interesting, beautiful food, and such professionalism about the whole place. Also, I wouldn't call it cutting-edge, but Hamersley's Bistro in the South End is a really pleasant experience, and gets the "never lets us down, always a wonderful meal" badge of honor from me and those I deem trustworthy. Its entirely unpretentious and serves colorful bistro food in a bright sunny room. If you go, get their signature dishes, namely: their roast chicken with garlic and parsley - the best restaurant chicken that many people have ever had (always, always) - and their wild mushroom and garlic sandwich. They make a garlic puree, spread it thickly on two slices of country bread, and then, man, on go the mushrooms - so many of them, and all so perfectly done, that you can feel good about sharing them with your dining mates...

      2. Also check the "One Night in Boston" thread from 11/21/01 below, posing many interesting suggestions.

        I second the bruch recommendation below for 647 Tremont, not because it is the best (though it is quite good), but because it is probably most characteristic, one might say, in the sense that it has a definite Identity (if you are bold enough, wear pajamas to get in the spirit of it....).

        1. well, I was all set to help you out here, but then I went to your website as you suggested... did you think devoting an entire page to writing "Boston does not have any good restaurants" would bring out the competitive juices or something? it doesn't. there's a whole bunch of stuff written by the good people on this site already. how about you try reading it and work from there?

          p.s. I hope somebody does finally take you to Olives as you wish. it's sooooo ten years ago. it'll save you the trouble of having to update your page.


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          1. re: supersnob

            Nice zing Supersnob.

            1. re: Joanie

              thanks, Joanie. I love validation, even if it's for my dark side... [he says that with a straight face, as if he has another side]

          2. There's been some great suggestions - Radius, Clio, No. 9 Park are some of my favorites. Looking at your website, I'd suggest Clio's for your Saturday night dinner. Ken Oringer is one of the best chefs in Boston today and his food is wonderful - creative, cutting-edge cuisine using quality ingredients. The atmosphere - subdued elegance in cream and taupe - and service is excellent.

            Biba might be a good stop on Sunday night. It's the opposite of Clio. The atmosphere is funky, colorful and vibrant, as is the food. Lydia Shire is known for her whimsical and inventives dishes, combining familiar foods with unfamiliar combinations and spices. I noticed from your Babbo meal that you're a fan of offal and Biba has some of the most creative dishes in Boston.

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            1. Moulin and Crillon are two of my favorite places in provence.
              Here i like aquitane and hamersly's bistro, both in the south end.
              Bocuse i thought too commercial.