Boston Lunch Spot
I drive into Boston from Maine about twice a month for an appointment at 75 Newbury. Afterward, I have been having lunch at the Parrish Cafe, which I love, but I want to try something new next time. Any suggestions? I'm looking for something within walking distance of my appointment that is fairly casual - doesn't have to be as casual as aforementioned cafe. I like all kinds of food.
75 Newbury is an address for a spa. So, I was thinking that maybe you are woman. There are a couple of charming little places within walking distance of your appt. One is L'Aroma Cafe right on Newbury St. (a block or so up on the other side). Really tasty sandwiches & the BEST cappucino. Another option would be Finale which is near/attached? to the Park Plaza Hotel. They are mainly a dessert place but do have a lunch menu with soup, salad & sandwiches. You could treat yourself to something ooey-gooey, too!
Beacon Hill, where Figs is located, is walkable but not around-the-corner easy from there, unless you don't mind a stroll through the Public Garden. And I'm not much taken with Figs anyway -- I much preferred the pizza at the Upper Crust to that at Figs.
You're kind of in a food wasteland close by that address except for the Parrish Cafe. Both the Bristol Lounge (in the Four Seasons Hotel) and the Cafe at Taj (in the Taj Boston, the former Ritz-Carlton) are pretty close by and would offer up good but expensive tablecloth sit-down lunches.
I agree with bachslunch; the chow pickins are surprisingly slim in Back Bay. The good news is that in addition to Beacon Hill, there are two more great chow neighborhoods abutting, namely the South End and Chinatown.
Chinatown has a number of terrific, albeit less swanky, options for a really good lunch. A few faves:
Dim sum at Chow Chau, China Pearl, or Hei La Moon
Shabu shabu at Kaze
Vietnamese pho at Xinh Xinh
Chinese seafood at Peach Farm
I'm less of an expert on the South End lunch scene, but to start, Oishii is arguably the best sushi spot in Boston. Quite expensive, but as the translated name suggests, very tasty.