NYC Hound need recs
going to be in Cambridge for lunch and downtown Boston for dinner. Please rec some great spots.
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For lunch you might try Casablanca - they are sort of the quintessential "Harvard Square" restaurant with an interesting mix of people. Since Boston/Cambridge is famous for its schools, this makes for an interesting choice and the food can be quite good. The people watching is usually great.
i'd second the casablanca rec. you can read on this board about their burger and other dishes. while i like darwin's and hi-rise, i find them to be just your typical gourmet sandwich places, nothing special for a new yorker i suspect. cardullo's does make a nice sandwich with duck confit, but it's mostly a gourmet market.
downtown people like chacarero for lunch, but the waits can be long.
This is the second time recently I've seen someone speak positively about Casablanca. Have they changed ownership? When I lived in Cambridge, the food was OK and the service affirmatively awful.
Also, you'd be surprised re the sandwich situation in NYC. I've yet to really find a place like Hi Rise or Darwin's. I also second the Bartley's rec someone mentioned. Personally, however, I'd head up Mass Ave to Elephant Walk for Cambodian or either Boca Grande or Anna's for a burrito.
good sandwiches in cambridge (can find more exact info by searching board):
i think they are all in the ~$7-10/sandwich range. cardullo's does not have seating.