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!
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 http://www.bbrginc.com/afco/1.html
Brasserie Jo is another option brasseriejoboston.com
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.
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 http://www.columbuscafeboston.com. 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.
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.
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.
Since you're amenable to taking the T, I'd advise it. Although there are of course some exceptions [Masha, that's a great call on Chili Duck], the Back Bay neighborhood tends to be high on price, and generally low on quality and value.
You might consider taking the green line a few stops up to the North End. There's certainly a large tourist element there, but there are a number of good options for a group, with lots of local color.
My top pick would probably be Antico Forno, a perennial Boston Chowhound favorite. Simple, high-quality baked pastas and Neapolitan-style pizzas, quite reasonably priced, and they do take reservations.
After dinner, you can head a block over to Hanover Street (the main drag in the North End) for gelato, cannoli, and espresso in one of the half dozen Italian cafes.
You can do a search of the board for "North End" and find a few dozen other good choices.
If you like Indian food, check out India Quality in kenmore! its ridiculously cheap and the food is awesome!