Sox Sweep and Restaurants with TV's
What a tremendous weekend watching the Sox sweep the Yankees and make history with last night's 4 back-to-back home runs!!! I know it's only April, but they were 3 great games and things are looking good. I'm always looking for new places to go to watch a Sox game and enjoy great food at the bar with a comfortable atmosphere and fun people who care about the Red Sox. For example, I was at the bar @ Excelsior once when Nomar hit a grand slam and I yelled, "wow", and the customers at the bar looked at me funny....OK, so hear's the challenge;
#1- GREAT food, NOT Pub food.
#2- TV w/good visibility @ bar.
#3- Very comfortable atmosphere that was riveted by last night's home run power surge.
#4- Hopefully no Yankee fans.
#5- You can only name 3 so no one tries to dominate this thread.
My 3 are Neptune, 2nd floor of Abe & Louie's and 2nd floor of Grille 23.
Your choices are wonderful! For those of us south of the city, I would recommend Little Q and Fuji ( the one across from Little Q on Hancock Street), for decently priced great food, drinks and TVs. We watched from the couch at home, but both restaurants are close and I would have enjoyed the food and view from either. They are not in the same league as the places you mentioned, but both are below the price point, and worth a detour. On the other hand, seeing four home runs in a row eating at Neptune would have been priceless. Hopefully it will be a long, culinarily diverse, happy summer.
1. Though Frank is gone, I will still suggest Anise in Kendall Square. Nice set up with big monitors and the food continues to be some of the most exceptional--and authentic--Sichuan in the Boston area (second to my peoples up at Sichuan Gourmet in Billerica). You still couldn't pay me to sit in the drab dining room at Anise, but it's a perfect set up for Sox at the bar.
2. I'm not a huge Cambridge 1 guy, but if you like the pizza there, it's an excellent baseball-watching setup.
3. The Upper Crust branch on Newbury St. (Is pizza pub food?) Anyway, three big hi-def TVs, beer on tap, good pizza, and it's easy to get a seat because most are having take-out.
I wrote about this very subject last year in The Dig: http://www.weeklydig.com/eats_drinks/...
Sadly, one of these (Caffe Umbra) is gone, and Green Street no longer has that fiery menu; their new chef does a kind of Yankee-comfort-food thing (still good, but I liked the prior kitchen regime better). As I note, there are a bunch of swanky South End places where you can sit in the bar and get a not-too-pricey meal and watch the game, including Union, Sage, and Stella. More casual and worthwhile nearby: the Red Fez (a big projection screen) and Anchovies.
I would certainly not have minded having some Yankee fans around this weekend.
Harvest doesn't fit most of your criteria, but I did want to give it an honorable mention for one reason. We ate at the bar the night Matsuzaka pitched against Seattle, and many of the staff cleared out of the kitchen to watch Ichiro's first at-bat. Most of the people at the bar cheered every out that first inning, and nobody looked at us funny.
I look forward to the answers you get.