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For tonight: ISO evening meeting place in Belmont/Arlington/Huron Village?

Susanne Nov 18, 2003 10:36 AM

Once a month, I like to meet a friend after dinner for some conversation and refreshment. It could be coffeee, dessert, whatever. We just want a nice place to sit and talk for an hour. But so few places are open after 8:00!

I live in Belmont, she's in Lexington.
Tonight she'll be coming from Harvard Square, so a place in or near Belmont would be best. We often resort to Brigham's but would prefer not to.

Any suggestions?


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    Samovar Nov 18, 2003 11:49 AM

    Kashish, the Indian restaurant on Leonard St. in Belmont Center, is open daily until 10 and has some good deserts (home-made ice creams, among other things). An order of naan with various chutneys also makes a great non-sweet snack.

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    1. re: Samovar
      rtw Nov 18, 2003 12:24 PM

      Copa Cafe in Lexington Center. Nice atmosphere for sitting and chatting and many different options for food/coffee/dessert/cheese.

      1. re: rtw
        Lisa Nov 18, 2003 05:05 PM

        Try Cafe Levonya! It's a little russian cafe. Prices have gone up, but it's a nice place to sit, easy to park, and no one will rush you away. Drink Wisotsky tea and have a big or small bite to eat!

        1. re: Lisa
          Susanne Nov 19, 2003 09:34 AM

          We had a nice time nibbling on some naan and appetizers at Kashish until 10 pm. Thanks for that and other suggestions; Kashish is two blocks from my house and I hadn't thought of it. We will try Cafe Levonya next time.

          1. re: Lisa
            chowcat Nov 19, 2003 12:34 PM

            What is Wisotsky tea? I have very good friends by that name and can't wait to get some for them!

            1. re: chowcat
              Lisa Nov 22, 2003 11:11 AM

              Wisotsky Tea is from Israel (I think). Very nice flavors--I like the mint. Levonya sells boxes of the tea bags for a few dollars.

              1. re: Lisa
                userbeliever Aug 16, 2007 11:54 AM

                Wisotsky Tea is made is Israel; the company was founded by an expatriate Russian and claims to follow that tea tradition. If you found it served in a non-Israeli Russian cafe, I'd say they succeeded.

        2. re: Samovar
          Karen Jan 7, 2004 03:54 PM

          Have you tried The Select Cafe in Belmont on the corner of School Street? Excellent French food, very reasonable prices, and they don't rush you out.

          1. re: Karen
            bear Aug 16, 2007 01:36 PM

            Not to steal the post, but I posted about Select Cafe a few days ago. I peeked in and it looked pretty laid-back, like people were enjoying their food, and the food looked decent. Is it BYOB? Do you know their hours?

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          Carrie Nov 18, 2003 02:28 PM

          Viet Cafe (vietnamese) or Sweet Chili (thai) both in Arlington Center should fit the bill perfectly.

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