Harvard Sq. Breakfast /Brunch?
- CocoDan Feb 24, 2009 04:16 AM
Researching for an after the wedding, Sunday morning breakfast/brunch at or very near Harvard Sq.
Prefer not to be at a hotel. 15/20 guests. I know there's something, but can't come up with it. Any help from the Chow-family would be greatly appreciated.
re: Karl S
Just went to Grafton street for brunch this weekend for the first time and although it's not a seriously foodie place, it was pretty good. I think that the level of quality and service is in a different league than Zoe's which is a diner like concept.
Checked into Henrietta's table and on Sundays they do all you can eat $45 brunch, Saturdays it's a la carte.
I haven't actually been there for brunch, and again it's not a seriously foodie place, but Dedalus on Mount Auburn could be an option, and if it's in June the upstairs deck could be very nice.
I think Upstairs on the Square, Harvest, and Henrietta's Table would be your best bets.
I agree that Henrietta's is worth checking out despite its hotel setting ... its brunch has repeatedly been ranked as the best in the Boston area. It has its own entrance (well, shared with Rialto) so it's possible to get to the restaurant without going through the hotel.
I've been underwhelmed by the Harvard Faculty Club. Sure, it's august and stately, and in some ways would make a memorable venue. But I've always found the food to be fairly unremarkable, and the general stodginess is a major turn-off.
Zoe's is usually mobbed with Harvard students on Sunday mornings when classes are in session ... I doubt they'd set aside 15-20 seats at one of their busiest times of the week. Also, much as I love Zoe's, it's really in a different class from the other places mentioned, in my humble opinion.
Atwoods tavern has a limited, but decent brunch and its not too far (69 bus). Its a bar and a bit dark. Plough and Stars is along the same lines and I haven't really been as happy with the food since the reopening, but it might be a better bet. 15/20 is a stretch, particularly for the plough, but might be doable with advance planning. Tryst in Arlington is nicer than both and bigger, but I was really underwhelmed with the brunch despite being a fan of their bar food. The West Side Lounge also offers brunch, but I have no idea how it is.
The Druid has nice food, but your party is really too big, so The Burren might be a better match sizewise but not as much foodwise.
Shangri-la is close for Taiwanese dim sum but usually packed on weekends, you might see if Wisteria could do something similar but they are a bit further in East Cambridge but also on the 69 bus.
I believe that the East Coast generally only rents out the Lava Lounge for parties nights only, but it wouldn't hurt to inquire about doing it during their Sunday latin brunch. Something Savory (a hike out to Arlington hts), more likely available for rental.