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late-night newton-wellesley-chestnut hill?

hi, i am desperately seeking some late night dining spots in the above mentioned area for a recurring moms' meeting i am part of. the newton wellesely contingency are reluctant to venture cityward and while to me the meeting is more important than the food i have reached the point of phobia about returning to the cheescake factory again. i need to offer up alternatives if i want to change the situation. if i never face those fake temple columns again i will be a happy woman. thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. the biltmore, in newton, near needham street, is amazing--- great food, great prices. it sounds like you want to meet without kids, but even with kids this place is doable. it's laid back, the food is all from scratch-- it's one of my faves.

    metropolitan club in chestnut hill is also very good, as is 51 lincoln, in newton highlands (just off route 9) although both are more expensive than the biltmore.

    1. I don't know how late your are thinking, but there are around 20 restaurants in Newton Centre within a 2-3 block walk from the green line T stop. About half of these are sit down, there's a big takeout contingent, and most would be open at least until 10pm, with the Union Street Grill and maybe a few more open later.

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      1. re: steinpilz

        should have specified -- i meant open at least until 11, since we are never able to meet up until 9:00ish once all the babies are in bed. the biltmore sounds great. it is a bar too, so i imagine you can stay quite late -- anyone know when they close? and regarding union street grill, any tips on atmosphere. loud sportscasts? live music reverberating throughout? or are there quiet areas? thanks.

          1. re: AllstonMomma

            Union Street is in a charming small old brick building behind the shops facing the T-stop (sort of in the center of the block). It has recently been re-done, there are 3 floors - I've only eaten on the ground floor, there's usually sports on big screen TVs but it isn't really noisy, music on weekends but during the week the second floor and basement are pretty quiet. The food is slowly improving, slightly better than typical bar food presently (my impression is that the Biltmore would be much better, though I haven't been there yet). There's a nice patio in the summer time which is quiet and relaxing until 7 or 8pm.

            Right next door to Union Street Grill there are a Mexican restaurant (Sol Azteca) and a Japanese-Korean-sushi spot (Sapporo) both of which I think you could linger in until11pm. There's also restaurant Pava, Jumbo Seafood, and Tartufo, they'd also probably let you stay until 11.

            1. re: steinpilz

              I think Jumbo actually seats until 11:00, on Friday Saturday at least.

        1. We've had good luck at O'Hara's in Newton Highlands. It's a pub, so open late, and I've stayed pretty late with my group of moms. They don't push you out or look irritated or anything. It's plainish pub food, but decent enough and really the antithesis of the Cheesecake Factory.

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          1. re: Scruffy The Cat

            thanks for all the tips. failure in two other forums drove me to register here and glad i did.

            1. re: AllstonMomma

              YOu might also try Vela in Wellesley. Very quiet, nice, small Italian restaurant on Washington Street a couple of blocks from Whole Foods.

              1. re: emilief

                Agreed on Vela. Just a teeny bit dark inside! If you want something nearby but a bit off the beaten (Rte's 9 and 16) path, Kouzina across from the Waban T station is lovely, cozy, and has many nice things to choose from. Good luck!

                1. re: tealilly

                  Teeny bit dark ?? You could develop film in the place. And marginal food even for post-11pm munchies.

                  Definitely go to the Biltmore for great after hours food!