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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.

            1. Funny Pegmeister that you posted today. I was just getting ready to post about my experience at Goodlife last night. Very dissappointed in my meal. I had the special pizza which was charred on the bottom and advertised as having roasted corn. Not even sure there was any on the pizza. The atmosphere is so dark, it is actually gloomy (especially with the nights getting darker so soon). The music is so loud our table was vibrating and to get to the bathroom was such an adventure, I almost gave up.

              O yes, did I mention that we are a 50s age group and that we are all past this type of atmosphere?

              I will say that one of our diners loved her chicken. She could not stop raving. Steak/frites were just so-so and the hamburger was very good. There was one other dish, but due to the music I never got that diner's opinion.

              Then the check arrived and there was an automatic 20% gratuity added. If the service had been 20% we would have paid, but service was not that great. Server stood at the end of a long table and shouted to the people at the other end (WHAT WAS THAT!). This was just annoying to have to deal with this.

              I would not go back unless I could shave about 20 years off my life.

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              1. re: kate used to be 50

                Aaaaak, you went on Thursday?! Not that there's any excuse for that type of service, but in terms of volume, that's probably the loudest night.

                1. Kingston Station for sure. This place is perfect for an after work drink, and I recently discovered the food is amazing. Service is great, cocktails and entrees are creative and delicious. They seem to be fooling around with music/lighting options because it’s different almost every time I go there – but truly one of my new favorite downtown spots.

                  1. Went to kingston station with 5 other people for a low key birthday dinner 2 weeks ago. Food was great. we had the frites and calamari for apps. The fries were good but the calamari was awesome. Maybe it has been too long since I've had properly cooked calamari but it blew me away. Everyone had sandwiches as entrees and they were all excellent. I remember the sliced steak sandwich sticking out in particular.

                    Unfortunately, the service sucked. We had to wait 20 minutes just to put in our drink order. Considering that there was barely anyone else in the restaurant, this was unacceptable. Hopefully, they will work out the service kinks soon because the food was excellent and at a great price point.

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                    1. re: joth68

                      Had a great meal at Kingston Station last night. Very nice, fresh caesar salad, good prosciutto plate (thought the marinated vegetables were only so-so), and a really excellent steak frites. The fries were delicious, and the steak was even better, cooked perfectly to medium-rare.

                      Drinks were good, although maybe a bit weak for my taste. And the girlfriend did not love the stemless wine glasses. Service was fine.

                      Will definitely return.

                      1. re: LAinBoston

                        I don't care for the stemless wine glasses either, but they were happy to oblige when I requested a traditional glass.