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My husband and I will be in Boston for one night in late July and are looking for ideas for dinner. Are there any recommendations for restaurants or gastropubs that are similar in atmosphere, style, food quality to Spotted Pig, Momofuku Ssam or Noodle Bar in NYC? Not necessarily looking for Asian-influenced food, but rather someplace that serves great tasting, somewhat innovative food in a relaxed environment, bar, etc.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. where will you be staying? will you be driving? boston is easily traversed by foot and public transport, but knowing your location will help us.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Not sure where we'll be staying yet; we're planning to go to a Red Sox game during the day but otherwise have no ties to location so may actually decide to stay near wherever we wind up going for dinner. We'll have a car, but would prefer to travel via public transportation or walking while in town.

      1. re: amiebd

        the two places that spring to mind are neptune oyster (north end) and toro (south end). both have many many fans on here.

        you may also want to check out o ya, (downtown/leather district) which made frank bruni swoon. also a huge hit on here, but more spendy than the other two.

    2. Uni (in the Eliot hotel, adjoining Clio restaurant) would be another option

      1. Craigie on Main. One of our very best, and one of a very few that doesn't feel like it's trying to play out of its league. Despite being in Cambridge, it's actually a very nice walk from Fenway. Crossing the Charles on foot is a great way to see the city (weather-permitting, or grab a cab).

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        1. re: jajjguy

          Well, a 1.7 mile walk on a late afternoon in late July would perhaps be pleasant if we have a lovely clear dry New England summer day of the sort that has become rarer with climate change in the past couple of decades, during which we've moved about 2 degrees south in latitude in terms of summer weather, it seems.

          1. re: Karl S

            Our weather will be quite familiar to a pair of walking new yorkers.