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Jul 23, 2007 09:52 PM

More Chowhound suggestions


Coming from NY, these posts for Boston did not fail. Over one weekend, we hit many of the Boston chowhound choices. Eastern Standard (acceptable), Aquitaine (excellent) Regina's in the North End (excellent) and Deluxe (?) (good).

Looking for comfortable mid priced late dinner. For those who are familiar with NY, basically we're looking for a Blue Ribbon, Momofuku Ssam, Freeman's, Five Points, hell I guess even a Schiller's type place if the vibe is good. any kind of food, it's the quality and vibe that's important. Not divey (I like dives btw, just not the occasion for it), not meat-packing annoying, not touristy antiseptic. Places where we get a good lively neighborhood vibe with some good food. We're all in our mid-thirties designers living in the East Village and Lower East Side.

By the way, sorry for the NY references, but I don't know Boston that well and from past posts a lot of people from Boston know NY well enough to know what I mean.


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  1. Not a lot of good late night choices in Boston, but one great one: the Franklin Cafe. Although it's hard to compare it to the NYC places on your list, it nonetheless should keep the East Village/LES set.

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    1. re: Blumie

      I have always equated Franklin Cafe to Blue Ribbon. Not quite as extensive a menu, but similar in vibe and theory.

    2. I've been to none of the places in NY you mentioned, and yet I'm making recommendations.

      The bar at Sage (formerly in the North End, now in the South End) is open late (for Boston).

      The Monday Club at Upstairs on the Square in Harvard Sq. is open late (for Cambridge). I wonder if, as designers, you'd get a kick out of it.

        1. it's too bad you didn't think ES was so good, it has a bit of a Schiller's feel, altho much bigger and more comfy. The Franklin suggestion is a good one. The bars at Prezz, Bricco and Lucca serve pretty late. But how late are you talking? As you know, Boston choices go way down after 10 on the weekday and 11 on weekends.

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          1. re: Joanie

            Hi, only went once so maybe it was an off night. Salad wasn't that fresh, food was over salty. Liked the vibe, although maybe a little on the big side. Late meaning a 9pm or 10 pm meal. Where they aren't mopping the floor when you're having an after dinner drink (exaggeration, but you know what I mean).

            1. re: hominaray

              B&G Oysters, a board favorite, is open til 11:00. I've arrived as late as 10:45 and didn't feel rushed at all. The mops won't come out til after you leave!

          2. For two great Boston places with a distinct Boston (er Cambridge) vibe I would check out B-Side or East Coast Grill in Cambridge.

            Don't think either serve dinner NY late though.