transportation challenge - would love help for tonight!
My friend is coming into town for business and will be here one night. She is staying at the Hyatt on Memorial Drive in Cambridge (near the BU Bridge), which makes taking the T pretty impractical (plus, she's very pregnant and may not be up for buses and transfers, etc.). I live in Cambridge and love it dearly, so my first thought was to take her to one of my Cambridge favorites (Garden at the Cellar, EVOO, Emma's, or the bar at Chez Henri). However, she's never been to Boston, so I thought it might be fun to actually take her into town. Any ideas where I could take her in Boston (Back Bay or North End, ideally) that I wouldn't have to pay $30 to park? Or is that too tall of an order (in other words, am I better off giving her the "Cambridge experience" instead?)?
Don't know if you consider the South End Boston proper, but Rocca and Gaslight have their own parking lots. No baseball so Eastern Standard shouldn't be hard to park, likewise Petit Robert Bistro down the street. Depending which night of the week, it might not even be bad to park around Davio's.
You shouldn't have to pay $30 to park during the evening. Evening rates are likely to be more like $15 or $20.
The Boston Common Garage (enter on Charles Street) is a flat rate fee after 4:00. I haven't parked there in a while, but I don't think its more than $15.00.
I'm a big fan of Via Matta, which is right near the St. James Garage, 12 dollars. I think the dining room definitely has a bit of that across-the-river wow factor.