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Save me from Fire & Ice!

This has been suggested for a company event. Any suggestions on other 'fun' lunch options in Boston? T accessible and not too fancy are the only requirements that I can think of. Personally I would like to go somewhere in Chinatown, but I'm not sure how popular that would be.

Thanks!

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  1. Parish Cafe right on the Arlington T stop comes to mind. But it may not do if you have a lot of people.

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    1. re: Sal Monella

      It's a small group (~6). Can you tell me more about Parish Cafe?

      1. re: maillard

        http://www.parishcafe.com

        I used to work down the street. Our group would go there routinely for lunch. They have huge sandwiches and full bar. Local celebrity chefs would lend their favorite sandwiches to the menu. Pretty good diversity of tastes. They can handle a group your size.

        1. re: maillard

          I think the Parish is horrible. Overrated, IMHO - I just don't get it. With only 6 people, you can go anywhere, really.

        2. re: Sal Monella

          Also, Davio's is open for lunch, runs about $8-15. Laurel is too I think. Abe & Louie's has an awesome $10 blue cheese burger at lunch.

        3. How about Emperor's Garden in the former Combat Zone area? It's a huge, garish place that used to be an old theater, and they do serve lunch.

          1. What about Shabu Zen. You get to cook your own food, the quality is better than Fire and Ice and with a small group you can have your own table with the hot pot in the center.

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            1. re: Pegmeister

              Gotta second the vote for Shabu Zen. very nice clean place and a lot of fun. All ingredients were fresh and easy to share.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                We ate at Shabu Zen for the first time this weekend with some friends and I was very impressed. I think the key selling point, besides the fact that it's fun, would be that I think even those people who find Chinatown intimidating -- like they're scared somebody is gonna thrust a giant plate of fish eyeballs at them or something -- would be comfortable with the fare. I mean...veggies, meat, broth. It's not going to scare anyone away.

              2. I haven't been to shabu zen, but I give props to Kaze for shabu.

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                1. re: tallullah

                  Whoops, I meant Kaze - haven't been to Shabu Zen. kaze is relatively new place on corner of Harrison Ave. and Essex Street. Sorry for the bum steer.

                2. I love dum sum for such an event, but sadly -- and surprising to me -- I have coworkers who don't like dim sum. This I don't understand, because the variety combined with ability to order off the menu and get American Chinese food as well, makes me believe there's something for everyone. I am saddened that the same potential group would likely all have gone for Fire and Ice, which I cannot abide.
                  I tried this last week and not enough bit for dim sum, so four of us went to Bouchee, and that worked out fine, nice place decent prices, good food.

                  Another topic? Why would I prefer dim sum and it's variety or many versions of the same...Vietnamese, Thai, Middle Eastern, Mexican, French?... and not tolerate Fire & Ice while for many others it would be the reverse? Is good food so scary?