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I'm heading to Boston for a meeting in February. Most of the meals are taken care of, with the exception of the night we arrive (a Thursday). Typically my coworkers and I eat together the night we get in. Having grown up in NH, I'm more or less familiar with Boston, but having never spent much time in the area since high school, I don't know much about the restaurant scene. I'm looking for a good place to dine with about 8 people near the Hynes Convention Center, where our meeting takes place.

Unfortunately, our expense cap of $40 for dinner (gotta love nonprofits) rules out Atlantic Fish and Stephanie's as nearby choices. Any suggestions for that part of town? Keep in mind I'm going to be with a bunch of people from south of the Mason-Dixon line. They do not walk in the cold very well for very long, and we'd like to minimize taxi use.

BTW - yes, I would like to have a few words with the person who decided to put our winter meeting in Boston.

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  1. What hotel will you be staying at?

    1. While it's gotten mixed reviews - I think Summer Shack would be perfect. It's totally New England, so your Southerners can try some of our "native food" :-) It's also casual and with a varied enough menu to please most appetites.

      Eastern Standard, while not right next to the Hynes, is another good option. They handle large groups with ease. Their menu has something for everyone and at a lot of different price points (the burger is great). The cocktails are great - although you'll blow your per diem.

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      Summer Shack Boston
      50 Dalton St., Boston, MA 02115

      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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      1. re: Sunday Cook

        Although there are mixed opinions on Summer Shack, I don't think it's a horrible place and it might be a good choice because of the local seafood angle.

        Brasserie Jo on Huntington Ave. on the other side of the Prudential from the Hynes would work for you too.