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Feb 23, 2007 10:20 AM

Graduate students visiting boston

End of March/early April I will be attending a large conference in Boston at the Hynes convention center and surrounding hotels. My professor/advisor has a tradition of holding a dinner for all of her current and past students. We are looking for something that would be:

1) accessible from the Hynes Conventions Center, either by walking or T
2) that would take a party of 15-20
3) would take reservations
4) would at least have choices that graduate students could afford (I'm not expecting the prof to take everybody out)
5) Is a boston restaurant. A local favorite.

Any ideas would be most welcome! I lived in Boston years ago, but only remember Marche!


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  1. Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square fits perfectly. They also have an appropriate private room. Very popular on this board.

    4 Replies
    1. re: BBHound

      Eastern Standard isn't really grad-student-budget-friendly, unless they are paying grad students a lot more than they were back when hubby was at BU :-)

      I was going to suggest Atlantic Fish Company, but they're a bit pricier than I remember

      Brasserie Jo is another option

      1. re: Chris VR

        i like brasserie jo, but since the food is essentially alsatian, and the wine list french, i don't really think of it as being *boston*.

        1. re: Chris VR

          You can certainly do Eastern Standard on the cheap (and not look like cheapo, which is a bonus). They have fairly extensive menu under ten/twelve bucks.

          1. re: Chris VR

            I like eastern standard much more than brasserie jo and would definitely recommend it.

        2. summer shack is also right there, and although it gets mixed reviews on here, the place is always packed and can easily accomodate your group.

          btw, marche closed long ago.

          1. I think the Columbus Cafe on the outskirts of the South End might work well, provided you book far enough in advance (it isn't a huge space). Have a look at the website at Not everyone agrees, but I really like the food here (good quesadillas, steak, soups), and it's a great place for accommodating a range of wallet sizes. It's about a 15 min walk from Hynes.

            1. You might be able to fit in Bhindi Bazaar, a fairly good pan-Indian place on Mass Ave. Another place I would think about would be Cafe Jaffa for Middle Eastern food.

              1. When we were in town a few months ago for a meeting at the Hynes CC, we enjoyed Thai Chili Duck, which is only a few blocks away and is certainly budget friendly. The crowd seemed to be largely local, not tourists.