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Joanie Nov 16, 2006 12:49 PM

another Japanese restaurant? The much maligned Niko's has closed and Gari is opening, billing itself as Japanese fusion. That area sure has an abundance of Japanese and Asian restaurants.

Sweet Christopher's next to Ten Tables in JP opened and it looks cute. If slightly overpriced. Haven't tried anything yet, they only had frosted kid cookies the nite I stopped in looking for choc. chip.

And I'll ask again, has no one eaten at the new Chinese spot in Brookline Village? Where's Galleygirl?

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    sallyt Nov 17, 2006 02:14 AM

    I had a cookie at Sweet Christopher's today - they don't make their own pastries but have a vendor who comes every other day. The cookie was pretty good.

    1. hiddenboston Nov 16, 2006 03:49 PM

      Rein's is good, but isn't a whole lot better than the delis in Boston, IMO. But yes, I would love to see a place like Barney Greengrass open up in Brookline. I'm not holding my breath, though.

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        mwk Nov 16, 2006 04:33 PM

        My ultimate fantasy would be for the former owners of the 2nd Avenue Deli to open one here in Boston...that would be great....

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        mwk Nov 16, 2006 03:45 PM

        I'd love to see a decent, TRUE New York Style deli open up in Coolidge Corner. One that will be open late at night. Ruben's doesn't come close, and Zaftig's is ok for some things, but it's got too much of that "deli for modern tastes" vibe to it.

        Something like Rein's Deli (from Vernon, CT), perhaps?

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          BobB Nov 16, 2006 04:25 PM

          Michael's is great, but as you say, not open at night.

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            wontonton Nov 16, 2006 04:56 PM

            The other thing I'd like to add to the deli request is that it doesn't puff itself up as "REAL NY!!!" so much that it feels justified in charging up the wazoo for the privilege of eating there. NY is not Mars, and deli meat just does not cost that much.

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              gini Nov 16, 2006 05:28 PM

              Rein's is foul. The sandwiches at S&S are better and that's saying something.

              I would also kill for great deli up here, but I fear it will never happen.

            2. Kip McSkipster Nov 16, 2006 03:20 PM

              I agree - too many Japanese places. CC could really use a Cuban and/or Peruvian place. I'd be eating ceviche and ropa vieja constantly.

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                chuck s Nov 16, 2006 02:25 PM

                What Coolidge Corner needs is a good pub. The Clubhouse is too much of a sports bar to be enjoyed. Or perhaps a nice cafe/bakery like Flour. That would fit in nicely in the Zathmary's spot.

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                  hiddenboston Nov 16, 2006 02:34 PM

                  I actually like the Clubhouse, but it's definitely not for everyone. Maybe a decent Irish pub along the lines of say, James's Gate in JP or Kitty O'Shea's in the Financial District would be nice.

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                    tamerlanenj Nov 16, 2006 02:54 PM

                    What about The Corrib?

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                      hiddenboston Nov 16, 2006 02:59 PM

                      I like the Corrib in West Roxbury, but the one time I went to the one in Brookline, it had a rather dicey crowd (which is weird, being Coolidge Corner and all!). Probably just hit it on the wrong night...

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                        cmd Nov 16, 2006 10:53 PM

                        I doubt it was just the wrong night--every time I walk by (10 a.m., 10 p.m., whatever) there is a sketchy crowd smoking outside.

                        I'd love to see a cozy-ish pub in CC. We're between Anam Cara and Audubon, and it's not like they are far, but they are not right here either. And I'm lazy :).

                        But no, no need for more Japanese. I tell people it's my own private tragedy--I can walk to 7 sushi places in less than 7 minutes, and I can't stand the stuff.

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                          Joanie Nov 17, 2006 11:59 AM

                          Wow, I've never thought of the guys smoking outside the Corrib as sketchy. Seem like pretty run of the mill smokers to me. And the inside actually was a lot younger/jockier than expected last time I was in there. I do have to give props to the onion rings at the W. Rox location. Haven't had them at CC, but those were some of the best I've had anywhere.

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                            galleygirl Nov 17, 2006 12:48 PM

                            The crowd at the Corrib in CC is pretty much the old Irish-American crowd from the Brookline Public Works dept., old townies, (think of it as the Eire Pub for brookline), as opposed to the Irish ex-pats one sometimes finds at the newer irish pubs in town.

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                    gini Nov 16, 2006 03:08 PM

                    What about Publick House? Not in Coolidge Corner, but only a 10 minute walk.

                  3. galleygirl Nov 16, 2006 01:22 PM

                    The Chinese spot, I think Chinese Village,(Formerly Nancy's Cafe) had such a lacklustre menu I didn't bother going in yet...However, the noodles sounded vaguely interesting, so if i must take one for the team....sigh...i'll go tonite, and report. It has a very take-out American look, complete w/ coke machine...:(

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                      galleygirl Nov 18, 2006 12:47 AM

                      Uh. It's Village cafe. I just went. Feeling overworked, so oredered Chinese-American comfort food, mu shi vegetable. Big mistake. Tasteless, except for a slightly burnt, sweetish undertone. Flavorless cabbage, almost no egg, little wood ear muchroom. Godd pancakes, tho. Also got leek dumplings, which turned out to be pork, with a teeny amount of green. Got take-out, or I would have returned them. I ate about 1/3 of the mu shi, cuz i was hungry, then couldn't go on. maybe their noodles are better...But someone else will probably have to check.

                      They seem to have a steam table type "food court" for lunch....

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                        another_adam Nov 18, 2006 02:25 AM

                        oh, bummer to hear this, since i walk by this place all the time and have been wondering... but thanks for takin' one for the team, galleygirl !

                    2. BobB Nov 16, 2006 12:58 PM

                      True enough. Firenze is underwhelming. La Morra's good, but one good Italian in a town this size is not enough.

                      On the Japanese score, Takeshima went so far downhill after its last change of ownership I'm surprised it's still open. But no, we don't really need another sushi joint.

                      By new Chinese spot, do you mean Zoe's?

                      1. hiddenboston Nov 16, 2006 12:52 PM

                        Joanie, how long ago did Niko's close?

                        What would be nice in Coolidge Corner is a good Italian restaurant. Brookline seems to be lacking in those...

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                          jcanncuk Nov 16, 2006 04:23 PM

                          Brookline is NOT lacking in Italian! Get thee to La Mora! Pronto!

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                            Joanie Nov 16, 2006 04:47 PM

                            There's also Pomodoro in Brookline Village (with all its mixed reviews). CC really does have a lot of choices but something Latin or Spanish would be nice. And it's weird that there are no bakeries anymore. I hope something good eventually goes in the Zathmary's spot but the for rent sign is still up.

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                              tatamagouche Nov 16, 2006 10:54 PM

                              Don't forget that Taberna's just a few blocks away...

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