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ipo Nov 12, 2008 06:21 PM

Hey everyone,

I'm a college student here and am not very familiar with restaurants in Boston. I come from NYC and need to find a few heavy themed restaurants for friends to meet for dinner.

What is a heavy themed restaurant? A restaurant that offers a uniquie ambiance, performance or theme to go along with the food. Some of the type sof places I'm looking for are:

Ninja New York - www.ninjanewyork.com
Buddha Bar - http://www.buddhabarnyc.com/
Tao - http://www.taorestaurant.com/
Jekyll & Hyde - http://www.jekyllpub.com/

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Pricing doesn't make much of a difference.

Nick

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    pollystyrene RE: ipo Nov 12, 2008 09:35 PM

    Tangierino in Charlestown; Om in Cambridge; to a lesser extent, Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge.

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      ipo RE: pollystyrene Nov 14, 2008 10:13 AM

      Anything else?

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        Sal Monella RE: pollystyrene Nov 14, 2008 10:39 AM

        Pollystyrene is dead on...I'll send those suggestions...and most definitely Cuchi Chuchi.

      2. MC Slim JB RE: ipo Nov 14, 2008 10:43 AM

        Did you actually enjoy Ninja? I recall Frank Bruni giving it one of his funniest pans ever in the Times. Yep, here it is: http://events.nytimes.com/2005/10/26/...

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          eLizard RE: MC Slim JB Nov 14, 2008 10:48 AM

          I was just going to post the same thing. I love the review!

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            Eatin in Woostah RE: eLizard Nov 14, 2008 11:14 AM

            "...they come armed not only with swords and sorcery but also with recipes, which may be their most dangerous weapons of all." Laugh out loud funny.

            Tangierino is great. Doesn't reach this level of wackiness, but the chicken tagine with fries is outstanding. I'd also throw in the Enormous Room in Cambridge. Though primarily a bar/club, the middle-eastern food is pretty tasty. Atmosphere is very cool - you sit on either low couches or persian rugs on risers. Drinks are good but expensive.

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              Parsnipity RE: eLizard Nov 17, 2008 09:30 AM

              Hilarious! My thoughts on reading the original post were "Jekyl and Hydes?!" I spent my 21st birthday there a decade ago and even through the fog a few newly-legal drinks, remember thinking, well, there's no way this place will last with atrocious food and poor value. I love that the Ninja review posted also alludes to J&H's terribleness.

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            Blumie RE: ipo Nov 14, 2008 11:25 AM

            I've successfully avoided this place for all of my 40+ years, but if themes are what you want:

            http://www.medievalmanor.com/

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              Chris VR RE: Blumie Nov 14, 2008 12:09 PM

              As long as we're throwing out themed places we wouldn't bring our enemies to, there's http://boston.dickslastresort.com/ind...

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                MC Slim JB RE: Chris VR Nov 14, 2008 03:16 PM

                Well, if it's theme-y with crap food ye want, I've got a few: Hard Rock Cafe, Wine Cellar, Barking Crab, the Bull and Finch, Durgin-Park, Finale, Kings, LTK, Sauciety, and the Union Oyster House.

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              pesto RE: ipo Nov 14, 2008 11:45 AM

              So many college students enjoy Fire and Ice. Not my cup of tea, but it seems to be bursting with youth! As an aside...college students must have changed since I was there--"pricing doesn't make much of a difference." Now that's the way to go to college.

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                ts44 RE: ipo Nov 17, 2008 07:40 AM

                Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge. Although somewhat pricey, it is definitely a different world, I've heard it written as an Alice in wonderland experience. I can't vouch for that, but the cool decorating is definitely out of the ordinary.

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                  JoeM RE: ipo Nov 17, 2008 11:33 AM

                  Being a former NYer myself, there aren't a lot of options. The examples you give above fall into two categories: Theme w/ food (Jekyll & Hyde, perhaps Ninja, I'd also add Mars2112, Bubba Gump, ESPNZone and many other midtown eateries) and food w/ theme (Tao, Buddha Bar, I'd also add Mama Mexico, Spice Market, Le Souk)

                  For the theme w/ food, perhaps the original cheers (or the Fanieul Hall one). Might not be fun for college students unless your ID's say you're 21+.

                  For food w/ theme, the aforementioned Fire & Ice, maybe a churrascaria (Brazilan all you can eat meat-fest) or Korean bbq.

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