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Oct 29, 2007 11:38 AM

Newcomers needing Dining Tips

My husband and I will be headed to Boston for an extended weekend. We have never been and need advise on where to eat. We are staying in Back Bay. We love pretty much everything (esp. sushi) and need suggestions for all meals. We are trying to stay budget focused, but don't want to skimp on the most important part, being the food. Anything local, organic is always a plus. Any advise would be great.

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  1. Well as you probably already know there are lots of choices in and around where you are staying. A few I would suggest are as follows:

    Japanese: For a real dining experience (albeit very expensive) try O-Ya. There are many other very good sushi places in Boston but O-Ya is a very special place and not like most other Japanese places.

    French: Petit Robert Bistro on Commonwealth Ave near Kenmore Sq. or Sel De Terre near the Mariott Long Wharf Hotel. Both are moderately priced places with very good food.

    Seafood: Great Bay in the Commonwealth Hotel is quite good for more upscale seafood. They also serve some very good seviche type dishes too.

    Chinese: My two favorites in Chinatown are East Ocean City and the Peach Farm. Both these places do some very good dishes that feature seafood ala Chinese style.

    Italian in the North End. I like Prezza for upscale Italian and Antico Forno for more mid range. In either case skip their desserts and head to either Mike's Pastry or Modern Pastry for cannolis and espresso after dinner.

    I hope you enjoy Boston

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    1. re: RoyRon

      Good suggestions above. I'd personally suggest they go with Oishii in Chestnut Hill if they want a splendid if more standard and affordable sushi experience (take the Green Line D-Line outbound to the Chestnut Hill stop), recommend Neptune Oyster or B&G Oysters for seafood, suggest Mamma Maria as an expensive but excellent North End alternative if Prezza doesn't work out, and also toss Maria's into the Mike's/Modern pastry axis.

      Back Bay isn't very chow-ish, so looking to areas like the North End and Chinatown, as RoyRon is suggesting, seems wise to me.