Two shows at the Orpheum next week, need recs for fun Chinatown pre-show dinner
Will be seeing the Dead (Phil and friends), and likely in tie-dyes, but looove Chinese and would rather try something new and memorable than Americanized anything. Walking from Park Street sta., maybe an hour or so for dinner, two of us. Best rec's for a quick Chinese fix? May try Silvertone for one night, unless I am overwhelmed by even better rec's in Chinatown.....
The meal itself at Shabu Zen is definitely quick, but when they're busy the wait for seats can be pretty long.
My own favorites in Chinatown are King Fung Garden and Jumbo Seafood. Of those two, Jumbo is probably the more expeditious meal.
King Fung Garden
74 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111
16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
Yeah, I'd agree that as good as Shabu-zen is, I don't see being able to get the meal in an hour on the weekend, unless you were to head there very early (5pm or so?).
I'd second the recommendations, plus add Peach Farm on Tyler St (though again depending on timing, you might have to wait for a table). Once I sit down though, my family of 6 usually can order, eat and pay in under an hour (maybe that just says something about us). Taiwan Cafe on Oxford St might also be a good choice. It seems like Potluck seems to be popular with a lot of board members, though I've never been.
Peach Farm is phenomenal, their whole menu is just stacked with winners. Sushiaya is some amazing Korean food and their kim-chi and fried calamari are both excellent.
Thanks for the excellent ideas! We are in fact planning to get in town pretty early, hopefully right around 5, which should make things a bit easier. I've never had shabu shabu, but have long been fascinated by the whole concept; and my mostest favorite thing ever is peking duck, so two excellent things to consider. And I'm about the size of some of the Patriots linebacking corps, and can probably put away a few dumplings and such if tested...
Just need to leave a little room for beer, and maybe a nice dry martini......
After reading some old posts here about Shabu-Zen I decided to try Kaze Shabu Shabu, as the threat of a long wait seemed less there. Got there right around and were the first table seated upstairs, beautiful corner window seat. The staff was very helpful and the food was wonderful. Reading some of those old posts helped to avoid some mistakes, and having some idea of what to do helped as well. We both got the rib eye and seafood combo, with the beef being the tastiest choice. Really, only immerse the meat for a few seconds, any longer and it is overdone. Our hostess, Mary, was wonderful and genuinely friendly, even comping a round of cocktails for the first timers. Show #2 is tonight, and we are headed back for more.