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Oct 12, 2007 07:33 AM

Goodlife or Kingston Station?

If you could choose, where would you dine. I LOVED Scelfo's food at North Street Grille and have been a fan of Cicerano's at the Temple Bar.


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  1. I'm a recent fan of Kingston Station. The Truffle Fries appetizer is a good, naughty one to share.

    1. I'd go with Kingston Station too.

      Both places have really upped the ante on Financial District dining. Good Life seems to be aiming for slightly twisty upscale American, while Kingston Station is doing slightly twisty French bistro fare.

      Since I work in the Financial District, I'm thrilled to have Good Life as a lunch option, but I might actually come into the city for the food at Kingston Station.

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      1. re: finlero

        I have had great success at Kingston Station! The food and serivce were great and I really enjoyed the grapefruit martini!

      2. I'm going to be the voice of dissent on Kingston Station. I had lunch there and my takeaway was I liked it for another financial district lunch option, but I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to go there. Note that my opinion is based on only one meal there so take that for what it's worth.

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        1. re: lissy

          Dissent is cool; it's a big part of what makes CH useful. Out of curiosity, would you go to the Good Life preferentially over Kingston Station?

          1. re: finlero

            Having been to both places only for lunch (Kingston only once and Good Life several times) I would choose Good Life over Kingston. But don't get me wrong I will give Kingston another chance.

            1. re: lissy

              Thank you. Do you find there is a 'WOW' factor that one has over the other? I understand GoodLife has some mean cocktails.

        2. Thanks everyone. The choice is Goodlife and I'll try and report back.

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          1. re: kate used to be 50

            Please do. I had a great meal at Kingston the other night. However the server seemed so new and awkward it was uncomfortable.
            but everythign was fab. HTe tuna was good, but the sauce was a bit heavy/sticky for the natural flavour.

            I had the steak frties and it was FAB!

            I have been meaning to give goodlife another try. last time I was dissapointed but been meaning to go back. our trip to kingston reminded me I need to give it another shot.

            1. re: marthayou

              Good Life has been inconsistent when I've eaten there. Kingston Station is nothing special and in fact the menu is kind of odd. I can get much better food for less money in Chinatown. And if Chinatown isn't your thing, I guess I'd go to Vinallia's instead.

              1. re: jdoherty

                I know you offered Vinalia as an alternative, but the original recommendation of Chinatown as an alternative to places serving Steak Frites, Veal Milanese or Pumpkin tortelloni is rather strange.

          2. I don't know, I stopped at Kingston Station last night for drinks based on some positive posts and I'm not sure I would go back for dinner. The atmosphere is more like Park Street Station. Stainless topped bar and wall tiles that look like they came from a subway station. The walls are a dull off white and the design is just not welcoming. That said, the bartender was quite accomodating when I asked for a regular wine glass rather than the stemless kind. He also made a nice cappacino martini; creamy but not heavy. I watched as the food came out, and the presentations were nice, but I noticed a lot of half eaten dishes going back to the kitchen. The crowd last night was an afterwork drinking crowd. The bar was mobbed but the dining room was virtually empty.