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Teachers with one night in Boston

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We're from all over the country and we have one evening in Boston, next Thursday if it makes a difference. Ethic of any sort is fine, but there must be a vegetarian option as well. We will be free in Boston for two hours only, so we don't want to go too far afield. We're teachers, so price is a consideration. The group could be anywhere from two to thirty, but smaller numbers are more likely. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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  1. Since you only have 2 hrs your choices will depend entirely on your location. Where will you be when that 2 hrs become available?

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    1. re: missykins

      Good point. I think we'll be at the Shaw Memorial at Boston Common. Places within walking distance would be great, but a quick ride on public transit would work, too.

    2. You are very close to a chowhound favorite, Grotto, on Bowdoin Street. Great creative Italian with a $35 fixed price three course menu that you choose from their regular menu. If this is a little pricey, Silvertone in the ladder district for tasty pub fare or a 10 min walk to Chinatown. Along Charles street on Beacon Hill, Paramount ((American) or Artu (midpriced Italian) Peach Farm (on Tyler) is excellent and less than $20 per person. Have them set up a 10 course banquet for you for slightly more. All of the above should be doable in two hours.

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      1. re: gourmaniac

        That's a terrific list. Depending on your budget, you might also look into Lala Rokh, a Persian restaurant on Beacon Hill (about 5-10 minutes walk). Wonderful flavors at prices lower than the rather elegant atmosphere would suggest. Their website has information on prices, private rooms, etc.
        http://www.lalarokh.com/experience_fr...

      2. In Chinatown, I'd consider New Shanghai for Shanghainese appetizers (main dishes don't seem as good imho). Try: steamed meatballs coated with glutinous rice (listed on the white board over the host stand); kaofu/gluten with peanuts, liliy bubs; pan fried shanghainese dumpling/shen jian bao; chive piesl jellyfish with radish; Shanghai style rice cakes/nian gao with prok and wild vegetables; vegetarian duck or chicken; sweet rice dumplings in rice wine sauce with osmanthus flowers/tang yuan for dessert. Should settle both meat eaters and vegetarians, especially if you add a stir fried veg of the day.

        The North End is likely to be close enough. I'd look into Carmen (lots of antipasti that are vegtarian).

        1. Thank you for all your interesting ideas. I'll see what I can talk my new friends into (I suspewct I'm a more adventurous eater than most of them) and report back if we eat somewhere worth talking about.