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yanni111 Nov 15, 2002 01:49 AM

hey i live in new york but will be going with some friends to Boston on Dec 2 to see Guns and Roses play at the Fleet Center. Can any of you recommend some good food(preferably meaty type stuff, and donuts/pastry!!) to eat late at night maybe around midnight in Boston? I want to eat whatever you people think is the best stuff in Boston, id really rather not just end up at some mcdonalds when i can have that crap anywhere. Ive never been there but i figure because im a fan of guns and roses and food i might as well make it a double happiness night!! thanks

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    Maura Nov 15, 2002 06:15 AM

    Bova's bakery in the North End is open 24 hours and is only a short walk from the Fleet Center. They have all kinds of Italian pastries, fresh baked bread and pizza and calzones. I don't know the address so you may want to do a search.

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    1. re: Maura
      ju Nov 15, 2002 08:55 AM

      Bova's is on Salem St

      1. re: ju
        mae Nov 15, 2002 07:40 PM

        There used to be a diner near the theater district that was opened all night. Is it still there?

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          Joel Nov 17, 2002 12:31 PM

          The only diner I know of that's near there (or anywhere in Boston for that matter) is South St. Diner. The old Blue Diner is now "The News" and will open Monday. It's not 24 hours yet but will be open late.

      2. re: Maura
        galleygirl Nov 15, 2002 08:55 AM

        Bova's Bakery, 79 Prince St, corner of Prince and Salem Sts.

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          Win (Boston) Nov 15, 2002 03:29 PM

          Bova's is take-out only, BTW, and they close at midnight (maybe 1am, but I think Midnight)

          There is always the Franklin 'til 130.

          1. re: Win (Boston)
            Maura Nov 15, 2002 04:07 PM

            Is Bova's closing at 12 or 1 a new thing? A few years back, when I worked at a club, we used to stop there on our way home. That was at 3:30-4:00 a.m.

            1. re: Maura
              Win (Boston) Nov 15, 2002 06:42 PM

              I think it has been 2-3 years...

              Neighbor complaints they said.

              As the neighborhoods gentrify things change.

              They are still up all night baking, but no more retail in the wee hours.

              Oh well, remember Mondo's? When Quincy Market was a real market. Steak at 5am... The Farmer's Special for 99 cents.

              1. re: Win (Boston)
                Dave M.P. Nov 18, 2002 02:15 PM

                As of May 2002, Bova´s was still def. open 24 hours, I went quite a few times last spring....

                yummy calzones. mmmmmm

                1. re: Win (Boston)
                  Boston Scene Aug 3, 2007 12:07 PM

                  I am little confused I live on Thacher street and I grab Bovas well past midnight quite often...

                  1. re: Boston Scene
                    Allstonian Aug 6, 2007 02:02 PM

                    Clearly either Win (Boston) was mistaken or else things have changed in the nearly FIVE YEARS since that statement was posted.

                    1. re: Allstonian
                      bachslunch Aug 6, 2007 02:27 PM

                      Bova's sign currently says they're open 24 hours. I assume it's true, but one never knows.

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            TK Nov 15, 2002 07:31 AM

            COmpared to NYC you will find Boston's late night dining dissapointing, however there are late night cafes in the North End(near the fleet center)as well as some restaurants serving til midnight, and there are some bar restaurants in Quincy Market open late, and there is always Chinatown.

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              supersonic Nov 15, 2002 12:44 PM

              If it is after midnight, I'd definitely recommend Chau Chow City. There's a whole nightlife scene that revolves around that restaurant after midnight. They have a huge and varied menu with a bunch of good options, including a reasonably priced and absolutely delicious peking duck.

              the address is 81 essex street.

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                yanni111 Nov 16, 2002 03:39 PM

                thanks for the replies everyone, i wanna be able to go into any city and know where the good food places are, cause good food makes everything better!

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                  Veggie Nov 28, 2002 11:20 PM

                  Here's my late night list...

                  -Bova (North End)
                  -South Street Diner (guess where)
                  -News (around corner from South Street)
                  -Mikes (pizza, next to Millenium Hotel in Fanuil Hall area)
                  -tiny pizza place on Friend Street across from Fleet
                  -Cafe Pompei on Hanover Street in the North End

                  have fun

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                    rsjpub Jul 29, 2007 09:27 PM

                    I am sure that this reply is way late to reply but I found this post from my search so Iit is what I was looking for. I was looking for late places for very late times to eat.

                    Bova's is still a great place 24 hours but stops making subs and calzones about 1am.

                    I do not know much but I had some thoughts that some Chinatown places open until 4am. All liquor is closed or stops serving at 2am. That is the time to find a place to eat.

                    There is probably still an all night diner on South St.

                    There is a place in Allston a place Redneck's Roast Beef be popular place after closing hour and Redneck's stays open until 3am. They still deliver until 2:30am (excluded Somervill and Roxbury Crossing). No Pick-Up Orders after Midnight. Please allow up to 90 minutes for late night delivery.Delivery up to 1600 Massachusetts Ave and Cambridge Town to the corner of Huntington to route 9 (only Boston side route 9) ending at Boston college. Not delivering to Tremont street or Columbus avenue.

                    Mike's used to love going there across the street from Faneuil Hall. But then it disappeared.

                    Same with Buzzy's. All night long food but now gone. Great when very late and hungry. I went there when I was in high school in the 60's. Things do not live forever.

                    One place I still know exist is Adams Pizza & Convenience Store 120 Blackstone Street Boston. This is a;most behind the Bell & Hand Pub oldest pub in Boston across the street from from Boston City Hall and heading to the North End. Adams are right on the corner where the Haymarket is. they have good subs and a number of type of pizza slices available. I think they stope making pizza bout 4am so they can clean the oven. They do have a small convenience store for something you need. Lots of refrigerators for cold (non alcoholic) beverages. It is not very special but a good place late night for decent food. It is a very small sit down eatery. There are about 6 seats at the counter and the rest is take out. I have enjoyed my time at Adams for many years.

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                    1. re: rsjpub
                      heWho Jul 30, 2007 06:34 AM

                      I don't know if I've had worse food anywhere in Boston than late night Redneck's in Allston. Even the drunk munchies couldn't let me see past how terrible the food was. And that's the roast beef, don't even get me started on the pizza!

                      For late night (post 2am), News near South Station is my best bet. Decent food, a fun atmosphere, good service.

                      If not News, then the Apollo in Chinatown, if not for the food then just for the whole experience of it.

                      1. re: heWho
                        bachslunch Jul 30, 2007 09:47 AM

                        Most late-night Boston dining is awful, in my experience. The best options would be the Franklin Cafe in the South End, open until 1:30 AM, Toro, open until 1:00 AM, and whatever Chinatown spots are still open late (used to be most would stay open until 4:00 AM, but apparently that's not happening as often nowadays, see this link:


                        Some late-hours Chinatown places, like Moon Villa, are godawful, so choose with caution. I've heard both good and bad things about Miel, a French place in the InterContinental Hotel which is indeed open 24/7, but have never been.

                        South Street Diner is open all night on weekends, but the food is pretty pedestrian diner fare. Pho Republique is open late but the food is lousy and expensive. And I found the food at News poor and the service very unattentive

                        1. re: heWho
                          BarmyFotheringayPhipps Jul 30, 2007 09:58 AM

                          The funniest part of this is that the place hasn't been called Redneck's for at least a couple of incarnations, but everyone still automatically calls it that. I can't even think of what the current name is.

                          1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                            Prav Jul 30, 2007 10:54 AM

                            I think it's called Mitti's. And yeah, everything is AWFUL. Not even in an endearing drunk-munchie sort of way.

                            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps
                              BobB Aug 2, 2007 12:21 PM

                              And under one name or another it's been there FOREVER! I use to hit it up for late-night munchies when I was at BU - and I left BU in 1972!

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                          cigalechanta Jul 30, 2007 10:07 AM

                          La Miel is a Provencal restaurant open all night. expensive

                          InterContinental Boston
                          510 Atlantic Ave. (Congress St.) Boston, MA 02210

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                          1. re: cigalechanta
                            TomH Aug 6, 2007 01:33 PM

                            My friend and his wife tried Miel late-night after a wedding last week.
                            They said the prices were not too bad and the food was very good.

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                            Guinness02122 Jul 31, 2007 04:48 PM

                            I think Slash and Axl will be at Jumbo Seafood in Chinatown until 4am. Jumbo is excellent. Also, is Slash doing double duty with Velvet Revolver? They'll be here with AIC some time this summer.

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                              Boston Scene Aug 3, 2007 12:08 PM

                              Also in the North End (which is right by the Bank Garden North Center aka the Fleet Center) on Hanover Street is Pompei Cafe.....the food is not the best, but its open till 3am and well lets face it by that time most things taste delicious!

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                              1. re: Boston Scene
                                Buddernut Aug 3, 2007 02:34 PM

                                Nebo on North Washington St.,which is a hop - skip from the Garden is open until 2 a.m. thursday, friday and saturday. Nuveau Italian... hip interior. Ate there once... good food, slightly shy on the portions.. but no complaints beyond that. I have to say this thread was literal in looking for something "late".... its about 5 years too Late !!!!!!!!!! LOL!

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