Boston w/College Students
I am a professor bringing 7 freshmen to Boston for the weekend and looking for recommendations for places to eat dinner with them. We are staying near Copley Square and I would like something within walking distance (say in a 6-8 block radius.) Unfortunately with a group like this what works best is a place they won't be intimidated by (the more adventurous the more problematic) and we aren't priced out of (the budget allows me to spend around $25 per head for dinner.) So any recommendations for an exceptional pizza joint, Middle-Eastern restaurant, Mexican, etc. in the area? Thanks!
PS Looking through the boards it seems possible that this is the wrong area for such a request. If that is the case and we are better off hoping onto subway and going elsewhere for such food, any suggestions for that?
I'll skip the 'suburban mom choices,' and give you something with abit of cred and attitude.
Not fine dining by any stretch (nor are most of the above), but the Cosmic Cafe/Other Side is a funky joint - think tatoos, urban sass, bike couriers, uber-cool music, and lots of vegan options. Cosmic is for 18yo students, especially the "artsy" crowd. (If its a debate team of suburbanites, PASS.) Much more economical than almost all the above - you will only spend about $13./per leaving cash for ice cream/sherbert at nearby JP Licks. btw, this area's a great 'scene' area for out-of-town hipsters/teens to check out (Urban Outfitters across the street stays open late Thurs.-Sat.) Casual and CASH ONLY.
Cheaper yet, CRAZY DOUGH's is popular with the Europeans & Japanese & local kids: fwiw, it's also won 'America's Best Pizza' awards
I would try Kings Bowling Alley. While it would not be my first choice for foodies, the food is actually pretty good (pizza, wings, burgers) and it would be a fun spot for this age group with many options inside. Might need resos for the lanes. Rattlesnack has passable Mexican. Not a big fan of Fire & Ice.
My daugther is a 21 year old college student and she and her friends love to go to Fire and Ice on Newbury Street for gatherings like birthdays and such. I know that the food there gets slammed on this board and I have never been there but the college age crowd seems to love it. I believe there is quite a variety for those finnicky eaters and it's probably not too expensive.
All the above suggestions are good except Stephanies. Go somewhere else.
You're right that the area near Copley Square is difficult for your requirements. Keep in mind, however, that within 6-8 blocks includes most of the good restaurants in Back Bay and the South End. Ones I would add to the above list:
Anchovies on Columbus Ave. - classic red sauce place
Delux Cafe on Chandler at Clarendon - modern American
Pops on Tremont - bistro - this might push the budget a bit
Laurel on Berkeley - bistro
Yoiu should also look into the North End. Others here are far more expert than I in that area but there are numerous restaurants in a fun area to explore. It is probably within walking distance.
While it may be tempting, the cost of taking the T will probably outweigh any savings you get from a different location.
Finally, if you have the flexibility, many of the better restauarants offer relatively cheap (and good) lunch specials.
Within Walking Distance
Middle Eastern: Cafe Jaffa
Seafood: Legal Seafood
Seafood: Summer Shack
Pizza: Upper Crust
Pizza: Bostone Pizza
American: Stephanie's on Newbury
American: Parish Cafe
Ethiopian: Addis Red Sea
If you add in public transportation, obviously you have more options.
Parish Cafe might be fun for them. Their website is under construction, but they feature sandwiches created by local chefs. Summer Shack is loud but fun (seafood) and there's bowling next door if you're looking for something to do afterward.
Summer Shack Boston
50 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02115