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New Yorker in town for a day.Best place for lunch near the Pru?

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I will be in Boston next week, with time between meetings for a (hopefully) wonderful lunch within walking distance of the Prudential. Price is not an issue, but since I'm flying up from NYC in the morning and returning in the evening, I'm hoping for one great Boston meal. Suggestions, please?

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  1. That's not as easy as it sounds. First, the area near the Pru lacks top places and second, most top places are not open at lunch anyway.

    L'Espalier is open for lunch. It is one of the best in Boston. It will, however, be a leisurely lunch. If your time is limited, this may not be workable.

    Sel de la Terre is very good and next door to L'Epalier. I have been very happy with my meals there.

    Abe & Louie's. A steakhouse that has a reasonable lunch menu. Their burger is terrific, particularly if you get it with their sweet potato fries.

    Atlantic Fish. Best fish restaurant in the area. Same ownership as Abe & Louie's.

    Brasserie Jo. Reliable French brasserie with good food.

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    L'Espalier
    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

    Atlantic Fish Co
    761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Brasserie JO
    120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    Abe & Louie's
    793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

    Sel de la Terre
    774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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    1. re: BBHound

      Excellent suggestions.

      L'Espalier will be a memorable meal. Call for a reservation.

    2. The recommendations from BB Hound are good. I would lean towards L'Esplaier if I had to choose one though.

      1. I agree with BBHound. Although, I'd say Sel De La Terre has a better burger than Abe & Louie's; rosemary pomme frites and adding foie gras to the burger trump the sweet potato fries; although, they are delicious.

        1. Thank you all, and especially BBHound. This has been very helpful. If I'm lucky, there will be time for L'Espalier!

          1. One other French restaurant not far from the Pru is La Voile.

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            La Voile
            261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116