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!
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.
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.
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