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Nov 23, 2006 05:57 PM

Downtown Boston - "cool" spot needed

Happy Thanksgiving all. My family is visiting from Michigan. We plan on going to a play tomorrow evening (Friday) in Boston and need a place for dinner to take the daughters (ages 14 and 11) who have their doubts about the parents' ability to be cool (not that they use that word). The girls like French, Italian, Chinese - not too picky, and it does not need to be expensive. Suggestions, please!

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  1. If you are in the Theatre District, why not tickle their senses and take them to Penang for dinner. Not expensive, decent atmosphere and certainly delicious!

    What about Pho Republique on Wash St? Definitley "cool" and decent, not great, but fun.

    Or what about a cheap dinner in Chinatown: China Pearl, Pho Pasteur....and then a "fancy" dessert after the theatre at Finale? We took my friend's 12 yo neice there and she thought it was the coolest ever.

    6 Replies
    1. re: jcanncuk

      Finale is overpriced for the quality of food.

      Penang might be a good idea. Most of my favorite places in Chinatown aren't exactly cool.

      1. re: Dax

        I would only have dessert at Finale. You can easily split one between 2 people and it's one of the few places you can go for "only" dessert.

        1. re: Dax

          No question that Finale doesn't live up to its potential. But if were entertaining a 14-year-old and an 11-year-old, there's no question that it would be on my list!

          1. re: Blumie

            You would be surprised how many restaurants will let you in just to eat dessert. Maybe I'm in the minority but Finale's food is pretty bad. I think they buy their chocolate from the Ocean State Job Lot.

            1. re: Chaumiere

              Really ? I've been absolutlely shocked by the numbers of Boston restos that will not even let you in the door if you say you want only dessert & coffee. That and a lot of the better places close their kitchens (&their doors) at 9:30 or 10 so a post-theatre dessert is impossible....

              1. re: jcanncuk

                I can think of 5 places near Downtown Crossing you can get dessert after 10. Maybe a good idea for a new post...

      2. Try Teatro. It's cool, good and not too expensive.

        1. i agree about penang. how about dessert afterwards at the bar at the ritz or the bristol lounge? posh always seemed way cool to me as a kid.

          1. Silvertone's on Bromfield St. Very cool and the food is some of the best.

            1. OK, here's the report. Based on the early returns, we went to Penang's and had a good meal (my wife and I split orders of Hot and Spicy Crab and Shrimp Green Beans). I doubt the kids think we are any more or less "cool" but my wife and I had an epiphany of sorts: we really do make the effort to expose the kids to the world (we live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and you probably do not need Route 128 bias to form your own valid conclusions about what that means in terms of isolation); yet, the kids are now just about at the age where they will get more from seeing the world for themselves, rather than what we tell them to see. So - here's the liberating part - we're going to start doing more of what we like, and if they want to enjoy that too, great, but if not, that won't stop us. My wife and I are flying back into town in a couple of weeks to visit some old friends so will be sure to try own other recommendations posted here. Thanks, all, if you ever visit Grand Rapids (which I am very fond of as my home) I can tell you the three or four decent places to eat.