Symphony Hall Area-Good Eats?
Yup. Pho & I. Great noodle dishes (bun, drunken noodle, etc) and pho, and run by really really nice people. I'd pick them any day of the week over Betty's Wok N Noodle, which is across the street, but full of snark and is pricey to boot. Symphony Sushi is around the corner on Gainsborough, and is generally quite tasty, though Ioffer the caveat that last time I ordered sashimi, it was still icy in the middle (yuk!). Both these are quick choices, and close. If you want fast sandwiches/salads, try Temptations Cafe, on Huntington just past Gainsborough (going in the direction of Northeastern/MFA) -- very fresh ingredients, also run by nice folks. You're not too far from stuff on Columbus or Tremont close to Mass Ave (House of Siam is nice, or maybe even Tremont 647). Woody's Grill & Tap is only about a 5-7 min walk from the BSO and is tucked away on Hemenway St, between Westland and Boylston. They have yummy wood fired pizzas and a good beer list, and becuse of their quieter locale, you won't have to fight for a table as much as you would at, say, Uno's.
Here are some place links...
647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118
45 Gainsborough St, Boston, MA 02115
House of Siam
542 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Pho & I Restaurant
267 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
313 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Woody's Grill & Tap
58 Hemenway St, Boston, MA 02115
I have eaten at Pho & I and Symphony Sushi. Both are mediocre at best.
Pho & I was okay, but nothing compared to authentic pho noodles in real Vietnamese restaurants.
As for Symphony Sushi, don't bother ordering their sashimi. I had the sashimi entree, and every piece of fish tasted the same - tasteless. I love sashimi and I was trying to force myself to finish my plate.
y200k: yeah, but the OP asked for Symphony area recs. You show me honest to god authentic pho within 5-10 min walk of symphony hall, and I'll rejoice. The point is that Pho & I is a nice family-run place, with better than average fare.
Would I choose symphony sushi if Oishii were also on the list of choices? No. Would I choose it over the rolls at Whole Foods, which is the only other nearby sushi choice? Absolutely.
You gotta work within the parameters...