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Fun/Interesting restaurant for young teen's birthday (Boston North)

Seeking your help finding a restaurant to celebrate birthday for "foodie" teen with a few of her friends. Would like a place with an experience - Japanese cooking table, "Fire & Ice" type, Medieval Manor - other ideas? Thanks!

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  1. My nephew loves Fire and Ice, but its not North of Boston...i've never been... I have an idea that would be fun but not very 'foodie'... Jordan's Furniture in Reading for Trapeze School and watching the Bellagio Liquid Fireworks or an Imax movie. The only food there is Fuddruckers which I suppose would be okay if she's not too much of a Foodie. Or you could just do the Richardson's Ice Cream thing since it's right at the trapeeze and water show. Other idea would be the KoreanBBQ place in Burlington where you cook your own food at the table. I didnt like it, but i am a veggie and its 99% meat. Others here like it a lot. There is a pottery place nearby that I wanted to do a birthday at, but couldnt get everyone together. But they sounded very nice and accomodating . You can do pottery there and bring in your own food too. In wakefield theres a Jewelry place called Silver Clay, and I think you can bring food in there too. Sushi Island is right next door, or Duckwalk for Thai. Also, more standard fare would be Plaster Fun Time in Reading with Capri Pizza next door. Their food is decent for standard italian. Maybe they would let you toss the pizza... Also, not north, but i have heard that theres a new 3 course fondue place out in Framingham. Did a birthday party at On the Border in Woburn. Its festive and they do a lot of tableside prep, like guacamole and queso. Not the greatest mexican food by far but the teens i was with loved it. If they stay up late on a Wed nite, the mexican is much better quality at Mexico Lindo in Melrose and Wed nite is Mariachi nite. I guess these are not the best ideas, but may be slim pickings north of the city. Oh, one more that's fun is Dim Sum brunch at China Pearl in Woburn, Its big and lavish and might be fun if they havent seen all the carts of dim sum before.

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    1. re: chompie

      Speaking of Jordan's in Reading, there is also Romano's Macaroni Grill and Chili's right next to it.

      1. re: chompie

        The fondue place in Framingham is called The Melting Pot. It's a national chain that will open its second Boston-area location in Burlington soon. I didn't care for it at all, but I bet a group of teenagers would. Be careful though: it's surprisingly expensive.

        1. re: Blumie

          This is a year later but... I've tried to eat at The Melting Pot about 4 times. Each time the EARLIEST we could get a same-day reservation was 10p.m. Book early if you want to do fondue at a reasonable time. Haven't tried in 3 months so I don't know if the wait is still as long...

        2. re: chompie

          In Needham center there a great Japanese Steak house with Benihana like grill called Fuji Steak House. The chefs make quite the show. We were there Saturday night and there were lots of kids and parties there. We didnt make a reservation but wih we had. We ended up waiting for over an hour. Good food and a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.

        3. The food at medievil manor is truely horrid. I mean really really bad, make mcds seem gourmet. Plus its 21+ anyways. Probally because of all the beer but also because the content of the show is inappopriate for someone that age.

          Fire and Ice again horrible. Plus in Harvard Sq, not north.

          I think Chompie has some pretty good ideas.

          I dont know the north shore very well.

          1. At Athenian Corner in Lowell they have free belly dancing shows with a live greek band. I have not been but my GF has and really enjoys it.

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            1. re: hargau

              I had some great food at Athenian Corner a couple of years ago.

            2. Great feedback so far ... thanks! Boston locations ok too. Any ideas for in Boston?

              1. Misono on RT 1 is good (Japanese)& they do the whole cooking on the table thing.

                1. Would you consider high tea at one of the nicer Boston Hotels? 4 seasons does it beautifully.

                  1. speaking of tea, I havent been but there is tea and luncheon at the Wenham Tea House and across the street is the Wenham Museum which is a childrens, and toy museum.

                    1. Most teens love Quincy Market and Durgin Park.

                      1. This is not an interactive place, but I think as a teen I would have really felt cool at The Friendly Toast in Portsmouth. Most of the places in Boston with any similar feel to the all-ages-welcome kitchy fun and good food kind of atmosphere of that place tend to be super beer-oriented due to the huge population of college kids I guess.

                        I agree that Medeival Manor is really kind of disappointing both in show and definitely in food.

                        Oh, what about Korean BBQ or a shabu shabu restaurant? That might be fun.

                        You might be able to arrange a cooking class or behind the scenes tour of a restaurant somewhere or sign up for a community ed course somewhere, or contact a teacher from the Cambridge Center or somewhere to run one at your house, like a sushi making class, for instance. Or you could have a field trip to somewhere like Sea to You and make some.

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                        1. re: bee

                          You can get Shabu Shabu at Pho 88 at Lowell, everything there is great! They can also get boba (bubble) tea which is tasty and fun!

                        2. Eurostoves in Beverly which offers cooking classes also does food/cooking parties. I've never been, but it looked like an interesting possibility.


                            1. re: stepdancer

                              For Shabu Shabu they have some sort of heat source they bring to the table or that is built into the table. They bring out a large pot of broth to put over it. Usually you can pick from a few broths. They then bring all your veggies, meats,noodles, seafoods, whatever you order out raw. You cook it all yourself in the pot of broth and have some little strainer thingies you can use to pull things out and asst dipping sauces.

                              Its fun but i find it mostly is pretty bland/boiled food cause thats what it is. The flavors come from whatever sauces they give you.

                              My favorite used to be in Newtonville and was called "genghis kahn" they had gas burners in the tables. It was all you can eat. They didnt stay in business too long!

                            2. Would one of the churrascaria places work? I haven't tried any in Boston (though I think Midwest Grill is one I've seen on here), but it's something different, and sometimes they are even quite good.

                              1. yay Friendly Toast, my favorite place!
                                Stepdancer, i see you are here..did you pick a place yet?

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                                1. re: chompie

                                  Friendly Toast is great, even for grown-ups. ;)

                                  I think maybe the B-Side Lounge in Cambridge might be cool too. They have a fondue dessert that's pretty good. It's a retro-lounge stuffed with "cool" kids so she might like that. I know I would have...

                                  I remember loving all sort of things in Quincy Market when I was a teen... That was a long time ago so those restaurants are gone but I'd probably like Houstons. I think I'd probably really like The Living Room too (Boston waterfront).

                                  Daily I see teens and college kids still lining up for the Border Cafe in Harvard Square.

                                  What about King's off Boylston St.? http://www.backbaykings.com/ I haven't eaten there but it's a scene - bowling, pool, food. Could be really fun for teens who don't get into town often.

                                  1. re: kittychow

                                    I'd second Houstons - definitely a cool atmosphere, esp. for teens. Plus, the burgers are great so it's perfect for any non-adventurous friends.

                                    I'd also think about the North End - I always felt grownup and cool going to eat at a cozy restaurant and then walking down Hanover trying to choose where to stop for dessert and a hot chocolate.

                                    Also, not sure if you were set on a "night out" but, if not, the chocolate buffet at the Langham is always fun and yummy. :)

                                  2. re: chompie

                                    Is there any place great near Kings to eat?

                                    1. re: luci

                                      It's right next to the Summer Shack. Great or not, depending on your view. I like it. For the OP, I second the interactive fun and "foodie"ness of Shabu Shabu at Pho 88.
                                      Stepdancer, what did you end up doing?