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Nov 16, 2007 12:03 PM

A Restaurant in the "Ladder District"??

My brother and his wife are throwing a party the Saturday night after Thanksgiving in Boston at a place called FELT (never heard of it but it's located at 533 Washington St.), which apparently is in the "Ladder District." I grew up outside of Boston and in all my years of living there I never heard of the Ladder District.

My boyfriend and I will probably be hanging out around Boston and going to the party later in the night. I'm looking for delicious restaurant recommendations nearby (or at least 1-2 T stops over). We are into all types of cuisines, big foodies, and are looking for something not too fancy and moderatly priced (entrees around $15-$30 would be good). No steak houses though.

Thanks all!!

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  1. Just checked out their website. FELT is located near the Downtown Crossing or Boylston Street T Stops. And it's near the Opera House, Ritz Carleton and Boston Common if that helps with location for all of you.

    1. The Ladder District is a recently made-up name for Downtown Crossing. An attempt to change its image, I guess. Not sure it has caught on, though. Anyway... Silvertone is right down that way, Bromfield Street, I believe. Fits the bill for what you're looking for. Casual, relatively inexpensive, lively with good food and drinks.

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      1. re: Kbee

        Now if they just stuck to Downtown Crossing I would have all the info I needed to direct you folks. lol Thanks for the clarity and the recommendation, I'll check it out.

        1. re: Kbee

          Actually, it is a decades-old name that was revived by a very savvy PR maven in Boston when she was developing the concept, brand and publicity for Mantra before it opened. She did an interview with and got some press in the Wall Street Journal, and the name has since enjoyed new popularity.

          To the OP's question - try IVY - afforable (if not quite memorable, but still not bad) dishes and very affordable wine list.

        2. Check out Ivy, on Winter St?, between park st. and downtown crossing. Food is pretty good, not amazing but definitely do able, very affordable wines, and a cool atmosphere. also, this fits your price point well. another place not too far away is Teatro, right by the boston common movie theatre. good italian.

          1. My pick would be Teatro. It's a short walk to Felt, has $15 - $30 entrees and the food is great.

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            1. re: heWho

              Teatro sounds good but the Zagat's review said it's very loud. How bad is it? Is it possible to hold a conversation with your date. (A nice laid-back, where we could talk would be great since this will be the first time we are really alone all weekend with out our family in town for Thanksgiving lol)

              1. re: Elyssa

                The food is good at Teatro, but yes, I was there last week (mid week, 7-ish) and couldn't believe how loud it was, despite the sound attentuation panels all along the walls. You could always check out the bar at No.9 Park, one of my all-time faves. Much less expensive menu than the dining room and fabulous cocktails. I love the truffled gnocchi with lobster and peas.

                1. re: Kbee

                  FWIW, I've never found Teatro to be any louder than any other busy restaurant. I never visited before the improvements, but they have squishy flooring and sound dampening pannels on the walls, which seem to do a pretty good job.

                  [Sorry, should have read down further before posting. I see this aleady has been addressed.]

            2. My vote would be for Kingston Station, which is relatively nearby - new bistro style, nice atmosphere and good food. Across the street is Good Life, which used to get great reception here on the board, altho reports lately have been lukewarm.
              Otherwise, agree that Silvertones or Teatro are good standbys.