Coming to Boston for the first time
I've searched through the archives and have skimmed through pages dating back nine months but I figured it wouldn't hurt to look for suggestions directly.
I'll be coming to Boston for the first time for a couple of days mainly just to go to a bunch of Red Sox games. The games are all in the evening so they will be occupying the time for the normal dinner hour. I'm mostly looking for recommendations for lunch before the game and possibly places still serving food afterwards (although this is not as important).
I'm in my mid-20s and will be staying in the Copley/Prudential area. I will not have a car and will be reliant upon the subway to get around.
I'd mostly like to explore some seafood options that are fairly casual. I am not concerned about price too much but will likely be dressed in casual attire because I will likely be either going to or from Fenway. Neptune Oyster looks like the type of cuisine I'd be looking for but I can't tell how casual it is. It is not mandatory that I eat near Fenway.
I'd also be open to non-seafood, but preferably not pizza or Chinese.
Any help would be appreciated!
I totally agree...Eastern Standard is a great pre-game spot (and post-game too). If you want to venture to the South End, you can try Franklin Cafe (for after the game-they serve food until 1:30 or something). Parish Cafe on Boylston St. in the Back Bay also serves until 1:30am and they have some good sandwiches inspired by local chefs.
cool. I grew up in Bethlehem, but have been a New Englander since the early 80s.
Your focusing on seafood is dead-on, what's available here far surpasses Pennsylvania (and much of the rest of the US).
Neptune is a great choice. B&G Oyster (South end, walkable) another.
I think perhaps a mistake that a lot of visitors make when looking for seafood in Boston is focusing on 'seafood' restaurants. Seafood is such a component of Boston's DNA that seafood in any good restaurant is likely to be well prepared, so I'd take a look at almost any of of the Chow Boston favorites.
One of my favorites for an evening in which you might be able to spend a little $: Prezza in the North End (near Neptune).
Eastern Standard is right by Fenway and a little zooey before games, quite good.
And, I am fond of the Summer Shack although not everyone here is, if you go please let us know how it is was so some of us can 'I told you so' the rest :).
Have a great visit.
I totally agree with Carty's suggestion of expanding your seafood search to many of the area's great restaurants. I find myself saying something similar all the time.
There has been a bit of positive chatter about Summer Shack on the boards for the past couple of months so I gave Dalton Street another try. It was a lot better than our last visit.
They have improved the wine list dramatically. There are still a bunch of wines for beer drinkers on the list but there are also some nice whites that match well with the menu and are of a decent quality.
I had a simple steamed lobster and husband had a special - halibut I think. It was good for quick meal nearby. We'll put it back into that rotation- quick meal nearby and I'm craving shellfish!
The sound level was also a lot better but I don't know if that was because it was a slow evening. The still play lousy music but you could hear over it.
apl2009, Boston eating establishments are very tolerant of casual attire. One can wear just about anything to all but the highest-end places. E.g. you can wear baseball attire at Neptune no problem.
From where are you visiting? That might help us suggest good contrasting experiences.