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Trip to Boston in 2 weeks: Best Places to eat?

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Hey all,

I am from New Orleans, and I will be staying around the Hynes Convention Center (900 Boylston Street?) in 2 weeks! It will be my first time, so please teach me about the best restaurants/eateries that I should NOT miss out on.

- Casual dining for Lunch (daytime)
- Casual/Fine dining for Dinner
- Nightlife eateries?

(This might be bad to ask here, but if there really a definite must see, I would love to know about those places too)

Thanks all!
I hope I can endure the weather for the four days I'll be in Boston. It's still hot down here!

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  1. Oh and in particular I am pretty interested in the best Japanese restaurant in your high opinions. I love sushi and traditional Japanese food, so I always try to compare places everywhere I go. Thanks again.

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    1. re: Strangette

      For sushi I'd suggest the following:

      High-end, creative, omakase suggested:

      Uni - A short walk from your hotel this is in the lobby of the Eliot Hotel at the corner of Massachusetts and Commonwealth Avenues.
      O Ya - Financial District (short cab ride) One of our newer additions to the sushi scene. There are differing opinions on this one, which a search of the board will show, but I happen to have loved it when I went.

      Douzo - Dartmouth Street between Columbus Ave and the Back Bay train station. I love this spot for quality roles and sashimi (particularly the salmon sashimi and the spicy salmon roll)

      Enjoy your visit!

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      O Ya
      9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

      Eliot Hotel
      370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

      Douzo
      131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

      1. re: heathermb

        I'll echo heathermb's suggestions of O Ya and Uni (excellent, but bring money and boatloads of it). If you don't mind traveling a bit on the subway (Green Line D-Line outbound from Hynes to the Chestnut Hill stop), I still think the Chestnut Hill branch of Oishii is the place for more standard priced sushi.

    2. Do yourself a favor and try Oleana for dinner one night!

      PS: it's still "hot" up here too...

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      1. re: joebelt

        if you want to stay close to your hotel, in addition to the good suggestions above, try L'Espalier for your elegant dinner, walk down to Parish cafe if the weather's nice (down Boylston street toward Arlington street) and maybe over to Eastern Standard Kitchen for good food and good bar.

        1. re: teezeetoo

          Thank you all so much. I seriously appreciate it. I know I'll be checking out some shops around the area by Boylston Street. I think one shop is called Motley (somewhere around there) so definitely looking for a good place for lunch.

          Any good seafood recommendations? =D~

          1. re: Strangette

            I think Motley is on Tremont St in the South End. For seafood over there I'd go to B&G Oysters which is open for lunch and dinner. It's pricey but good.

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            B & G Oysters
            550 Tremont street, Boston, MA 02118

      2. you can try the new http://harusushi.com opening today.
        they lobster ceviche looks YUMMY!!!

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        1. re: troyboy77777

          Haru appears to be a NY based chain with an outpost in Philly and one just opening here. It gets very mixed reviews on the New York boards from what I've found, with several suggesting it is very expensive and has gone notably downhill since opening. Who knows how it will be here?

        2. For lunch, try the shabu shabu at Kaze and Malaysian cuisine at Penang. Not sure if you can find those back in New Orleans!
          In the evening, go for Cafe Baraka in Central Square, Cambridge or Lala Rokh on Beacon Hill.

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          1. re: nasilemak

            I've tried the shabu shabu at both Kaze and Shabu-Zen and much prefer the latter for food quality, service, and overall cleanliness.

          2. By "must see" places I'm assuming you mean in addition to restaurants. A must see area in Boston is the North End, basically our Little Italy. It's also home to many of the best restaurants.
            For casual there's Antico Forno and Pizzeria Regina. If you can stand the weather it's a great area to stroll and grab an espresso after dinner.