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Restaurant at ICA -- anyone been?

yumyum Apr 19, 2007 11:24 AM

I understand there is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant at the ICA. Has anyone eaten there yet?

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    Paul Bau Sep 20, 2007 03:29 AM

    I went there with a group of friends. The atmosphere is open and bright and in good weather, one may eat outside by the water of Boston Harbor. The vegetarian wrap was delicious and the coffee hot and tasty. The service was way too slow. We had to wait in line almost 15 minutes to get to the counter and order our Wolfgang Puck food. I'd look forward to eating there again.

    Or of course one can eat at other restaurant that are in close proximity to the museum...there are several within two blocks. Anthony's Pier 4 is still open and good and pretty empty at lunch times.

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      italyinmind May 4, 2007 12:16 PM

      I was at the ICA last weekend and was planning to give the cafe a shot. However after reading the menu, seeing the prices, and evaluating the space overall, I opted not to stop. It was an off time, so there weren't many patrons eating at the time, so I couldn't even get a good look at the food.

      1. yumyum Apr 19, 2007 02:32 PM

        Thanks for all the input ... looks like a "skip". Last time I was at the ICA, we ended up at the Barking Crab for surprisingly good steamers and beers. Note to self: Keep it simple stupid.

        1. Raedia Apr 19, 2007 02:06 PM

          We ate lunch at the Channel Cafe over on Summer Street when we went to the ICA last time, and were very happy we did. Good sandwiches and salads there, and better ambiance than the museum cafe.


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            mtm7654 May 4, 2007 01:08 PM

            Is the Channel Cafe open on weekends for either lunch or dinner? The website makes it look like just weekdays. We'll be in that area tomorrow for the Arts Walk and will probably need a little refreshment!

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              Fort Point May 5, 2007 06:50 AM

              The Art Walk brochure indicates Channel Cafe will be open Sat. 12:00 - 5:00 and Sunday 12:00 - 8:00... They will be serving their full menu.

          2. a l i c e Apr 19, 2007 01:12 PM

            We were at the ICA in January, found ourselves starving after a couple of hours of touring the museum and STILL didn't eat at the restaurant (even with the limited options around). We were turned off by the crowds, the prices, and the general paltry-ness of the diners' food. Even though we didn't try it, I'd say stay away.

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              kbw18 Apr 19, 2007 01:40 PM

              Even though the area doesn't have much for options, you don't need to starve or eat bad food. Here's a quick rundown of some of the better options:
              Daily Catch in the Courthouse (not as good as the original, but still good)
              Eastern Pier II (Chinese seafood) towards the World Trade Center

              If you walk past the World Trade Center, you'll find Fresh City and Pressed Sandwiches for lunch and Legal Test Kitchen (which unfortunately can be inconsistent).

              You'll be able to find better food if you leave the Seaport area, but it's not bad food.

              And yes, I left off Anthony's Pier 4 intentionally. But it also might be an improvement over the ICA restaurant.

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                hotoynoodle Apr 19, 2007 02:01 PM

                there is a flour bakery down there now too. ya know, for steamed lobster and white burgundy, anthony's rocks and has a killer view of the city. and the yummy retro cheese spread with ritz crackers at the bar, lol.

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              kbw18 Apr 19, 2007 12:31 PM

              Unfortunately, it's the Wolfgang Puck chain that's also found in airports and shopping malls. About what you'd expect in a museum. Given that it's the ICA, quite disappointing. I'd expect something innovative from them.

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                Bostonbob3 Apr 19, 2007 12:32 PM

                I agree. Given their waterfront location, wouldn't it have been great to have an Eric Ripert restaurant there?

              2. limster Apr 19, 2007 11:41 AM

                It's passable, nothing great nothing bad; sandwiches and salads with a few Asian ingredients here and there. Not particularly memorable - ate there in late Dec last year, already forgotten what I had.

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