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Oysters and HDTV

Carty Oct 12, 2007 09:31 AM

I have a friend who was foolish enough to bet me ‘a dozen oysters’ that the Yankees would outlast the Sox in post-season.

He is offering the pay the debt this Sunday during the Patriots game (4:00). Please help me with some recommendations.


1. Money is no object. I need to hurt the dude for making such a stupid bet.
2. Easily accessible from downtown (I live at Tremont and Avery).
3. Oysters.
4. Has nice viewable HDTV with Pats game displayed. Sitting at the/a bar OK, perhaps even preferable.

Number one is very important, I do not want to be someplace with sawdust on the floor and a bunch of jamokes. I *am* a jamoke, but I don’t want to be hanging out with the likes of me.

How about Mooo? In the pic in the review in the Globe there appears to be a HDTV over the bar. Does Mooo have oysters? How does anyone learn anything about Mooo anyway, their website is very stealthy.

Any suggestions very much appreciated.

  1. Bob Dobalina Oct 12, 2007 09:40 AM

    Great post, but man, I am stumped. All the places I can think of that might have decent oysters and HDTV are not really high-end places. (The conditions are somewhat of an oxymoron).

    Not sure about Mooo...but maybe KO Prime is more likely to have TVs, since it is in the Nine Zero hotel. I don't really have an answer there either.

    I think your best bet might be to get the dozen oyster treatment at Neptune pre-game, then head over to the sports bars near North Station for your quality viewing.

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      emilief Oct 12, 2007 09:54 AM

      I know that Legal is not a favorite on this board but they have excellent oysters and as far as I know their bars have big screen tvs. If high end is important you probably need to eat before the game at Neptune or B&G or some such place.Wherever you go- enjoy those oysters!

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      1. re: emilief
        raddoc Oct 12, 2007 10:16 AM

        How 'bout Eastern Standard? Are the screens over the bar big enough? Oysters pricey enough? Did he agree to buy the drinks, too?

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          twentyoystahs Oct 12, 2007 10:51 AM

          Eastern Standard is probably a good rec. Good oysters, great atmosphere, excellent bartending, and yes, TVs too.

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            heathermb Oct 12, 2007 10:51 AM

            ESK only shows baseball on the TVs, IIRC - otherwise the TVs live behind mirrored doors.

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          Pegmeister Oct 12, 2007 10:19 AM

          I'm pretty sure Finz in Salem has HDTV at the bar, you would need to call and check. Easily accessible by ferry or the train and definitely great oysters. Go for the Wasabi-Stoli Oysters - 6 for $13.99!

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            Gabatta Oct 12, 2007 10:55 AM

            The newly redone bar at Mortons will do the trick for you. It is:

            1) Extremely expensive
            2) Located at Boylston and Exeter, one block from the Copley green line stop
            3) Generally has good (if overpriced) oysters
            4) Is a great place to watch the game at the bar or a nearby booth

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            1. re: Gabatta
              JWR Oct 12, 2007 11:08 AM

              According to their website the bar at Morton's doesn't open until 5:00pm on Sundays.

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              onefoodguy Oct 12, 2007 11:12 AM

              Atlantic Fish Company on Boylston has great oysters, I don't know if they have a TV at the bar though. Neptune Oyster in the North End on Salem Street has at least a dozen varieties but again, not sure about the TV.

              What about Union Oyster House or B&G Oysters?

              I'd suggest calling about the TV part.

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              1. re: onefoodguy
                heathermb Oct 12, 2007 11:49 AM

                Neptune has a small TV at one corner of the bar. B&G doesn't have any, as I recall. The bar overlooks the kitchen area.

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                cambridgeMike Oct 12, 2007 11:39 AM

                Harvest in Harvard Square has decent oysters. They definitely have TV's to watch the games at the bar (though the tv's aren't huge)

                1. Rubee Oct 12, 2007 12:21 PM

                  Now that it's open on Sundays, a good spot to watch the game is Prezza. Upscale, cozy, comfortable bar, friendly staff, HDTV, and fantastic menu. No raw oysters, but they do have fried oysters and tuna tartare, along with one of my favorites - baked oysters with mascarpone. I think that's where we'll be heading this weekend.

                  Hmmm. Maybe you could start with a dozen oysters at Neptune (they're open all day) and watch the game at Prezza when they open at 4:00.

                  Legal's on the Waterfront has HDTV in the bar area. The food, however, is inconsistent, though I don't think you can go wrong with their oysters.....

                  24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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                    Rubee Oct 14, 2007 09:45 AM

                    Edited - Just checked the Prezza website to double-check what time they open today - and looks like they're now closed on Sunday.

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                      heathermb Oct 14, 2007 10:06 AM

                      So strange - I just had a Sunday dinner there two weeks ago! Although, it wasn't exactly bustling but by no means empty either.

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                        Rubee Oct 17, 2007 07:56 AM

                        Just correcting myself - I should have called to make sure. The website is going to be updated. Yes, Prezza is definitely open on Sundays now.

                  2. steinpilz Oct 12, 2007 12:30 PM

                    How about Locke-Ober? They've got oysters and a TV in the Bar.

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                      Carty Oct 12, 2007 02:07 PM

                      Awesome engagement, thanks very much. Neptune is a favorite for paying off such bets, but does not meet the Pats viewing criterion.

                      I think I will stop by Mooo tomorrow to investigate, the fact that they are so mysterious is intriguing. I'll report out.

                      Eastern Standard and Locke-Ober both sound like they might be a good options as well, I'll add them to my Saturday dry run. A beer at each and we should be all set.

                      1. itaunas Oct 12, 2007 02:12 PM

                        Doesn't McCormick and Schmick's at Park Plaza have TVs in the upstairs bar. They usually have at least a 1/2 dozen oysters for the non-happy hour portion. I can't figure out their Sunday hours, but Opentable lets me make afternoon reservations. Update: They do have 3 TVs.

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                        1. re: itaunas
                          raddoc Oct 14, 2007 07:43 AM

                          Kingfish Hall, in Fanuel Hall, has good oysters, and usually a selection of at least a few East and West Coasters (though they ran out of Kumamoto before I got there yesterday). They've got HDTV over the bar upstairs.

                        2. MC Slim JB Oct 14, 2007 11:47 AM

                          I imagine you've already thought of Jer-Ne, which doesn't appear to offer raw bar at the moment.

                          Brasserie Jo has added an HDTV at the bar after years without one. They do good raw bar.

                          Union has one bar TV and raw oysters, but I don't think it opens until 5pm.

                          Maybe the Rowes Wharf bar at the Boston Harbor Hotel? That's a nice little hideway with solid bartending. No raw items, but plenty of tasty, expensive seafood tidbits.

                          1. BillieJean Oct 17, 2007 01:30 PM

                            What a great challenge to have! We spent an extremely pleasant Sunday afternoon watching the Patriots at the InterContinental Hotel on the waterfront, in the bar/bistro Miel. The flat screens are huge, they have a wonderful raw bar, and the other appetizers are amazing as well--try the fried clams, kobe burgers. And suprisingly, it was fairly empty. The bartender was happy to have us there for a couple of hours and we left quite happy with the whole event. It's quite nice, with not a hint of sawdust!

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