Good, reasonably priced food near Northeastern?
We're heading over to Ell Hall to hear a concert in a couple of weeks, and going with another couple that wants to get out for dinner first, but not expensive - I'd say $20-$30 per person is about what we're looking for.
I don't want to go to a pizza place or anything of that ilk, I'm really looking for a sitdown restaurant.
This is a difficult area but...
There is a Vietnamese/Thai restaurant on Huntingtin Ave, right near Symphony Hall called Pho & I, which is quite good. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable at night but definitely casual (don't know if you are looking for "upscale dining"). The service is very friendly and the food, while not rave worthy outstanding, is very good and may actually even come in just under your price point. They are also a good choice if you have any vegetarians in your party.
I usually get the chicken pho and while it definitley satisfies my pho cravings, the broth is a little weak, it could definitley use a little more flavor. One dish that is rave worthy outstanding though is their spicy beef salad. Very simple, hot and sour flavor dressing on mixed greens, juicy, tender strips of beef marinated in a chili lime dressing.
I would definitley give them a try. I only criticize the pho because I used to go to a place in Chinatown (closed a few years ago) that will always be my goldstandard.
Another option is Symphony Sushi just at the corner of Huntington and Gainsborough Street. Perfectly respectable sushi, good vegetarian options and non-sushi entrees as well.
If you cut across the Fens, the Fenway neighborhood would be within a 15 minute walk. You could go to Trattoria Toscana in that price range (many options in the range of $15). They make the most delicious pasta concoctions there. The only major issue would be that there can be a wait on Friday/Saturday nights - especially for groups of 4. Brown Sugar is across the street and is entirely decent Thai food.
The original Shwarma King was right accross the street from the Dodge Library on Huntington Ave. I doubt it's a sit down place. Very good place.
Is Betty's Noodles (at least I think that's the name) still near the corner of Huntington Avenue and Mass. Av, right across from Symphony Hall? If so, that's a decent take when you go to a concert and want to get in and out fast.