LA Hound in Boston all week need recommendations
Arriving late tonight and will be in Boston and surrounding area all week. Not into tourist traps. Like all kinds of food, Italian, BBQ, Steak, Asian, Mexican, Seafood you name it. Love to find those off the radar but also like to try those new happening spots also. Doesn't have to be expensive but wouldn't mind splurging on seafood. Also, what are some great pubs.
Neptune Oyster, North End not Italian raw bar and other great food, small place
Prezza, North End upscale Italian with great bar
Maria's, North End pastry - lobster tail is a must
Pizzeria Regina, North End (only) - classic thin crust pizza
Toro, South End tapas with great cocktails
Eastern Standard. Kenmore Square great cocktails, solid food
Green St Grill, Central Square, Cambridge, great cocktails, really good food, getting better
Central Kitchen, Central Square, Cambridge, consistently good food (not the shellfish recently, however), nice vibe
East Coast Grill, Inman Square, Cambridge, great seafood, raw bar (GET THE WET BONE)
Oishii, Too, Sudbury - no better sushi on the East Coast (GET THE LOBSTER TEMPURA)-almost as good as Ike in Hollywood and far more contemporary
King Fung Garden, Chinatown, Northern Chinese (scallion pancake and shanghai noodles, Peking Duck with 24 hour advance notice)
Emma's Pizza, Kendall Sq, Cambridge
No. 9 Park, expert bar and top notch upscale food
Great Bay, Kenmore Square -overpriced upscale seafood, but top desserts, especially the butterscotch pudding
B&G Oyster, South End - great raw bar and lobster roll, nice scene/service
Starbucks Clover pressed coffee downtown on Federal St or Harvard Sq, Cambridge
Miracle of Science, Central Sq, Cambridge, great burger (the Ronnie) and lively scene
Cuchi Cuchi, Cambridge, fun, festive, slightly overpriced tapas and cocktails
Grab a seat at the raw bar at Union Oyster House - between City Hall and Haymarket - but only the raw bar (it's worth a wait). The bar is a classic, almost two hundred years old, and the two guys (why is it always guys?) are fun to chat with, whoever you get. When you do chat them up they look out for you and chose only the best little necks and oysters. Grab a cup of chowder, get some of their corn bread with it, and have them pour you a Bass Ale or Sam Adams. One of the best lunches or pre-dinner experiences in town.
Check the reviews in the Boston Globe, they are fairly reliable. Wander the North End, for the atmosphere if nothing else. Dessert at Mike's, coffee at Caffe Vittorio.
seafood: Moulton's (Medford)
Taranta (North End)
Sorellina (Back Bay/South End)
Li'l Vinny's (Somerville)
"Happening Spot" (with great food & cocktails): Eastern Standard Kitchen
210 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Moulton's Seafood Restaurant
178 Winthrop St, Medford, MA 02155
One Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116
5 Cambridge Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02142
525 Medford St, Somerville, MA 02145
Abe and Louis or Grill 23 for steak. Grotto is great for Italian. The bar at Pigalle. B&G, Neptune or Atlantic Fish (beside Abe's) for seafood. Paramount for dinner. Stella in the South End also Italian but a fun place and good bar scene. Also, a good tip is that some of the best seafood in Boston is served in the really great restaurants-not necessarily seafood-only places.
Alibi bar at the Liberty Hotel is happening right now-just don't go late on a busy night or you will be standing in line-also limited food options.
For seafood you might like Neptune Oysters - North End, or B&G Oyster - South End. Also in the North End (Boston's Little Italy) you could check out Prezza for dinner or Regina's for pizza. As for pubs, I think you would enjoy Beacon Street Tavern (Beacon St), Washington Street Tavern (Washington, Sq), and the Publick House (Washington Sq). Deep Ellum in Allston has a great beer selection though not a "pub." I would also recommend Taberna de Haro (Spanish Tapas) in Brookline. Cambridge also has some great spots: Rendezvous, Oleana, Green Street are some of my favs. Enjoy!