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Decent Steak? Near MIT/Central?

The weekend of the Head of the Charles...where is the likeliest place to find a decent steak meal...but not be at the mercy of say Ruths Chris or KO?
I just want to feed a big eater/teen boy ...

I am thinking Fri night we will venture out and havent decided if we will try again to get into Neptune Oyster Fri night--since the last time we were in town,in March, they were packed the night we tried to get in there....

but wondering with crowds etc...best place to eat Sat night ....we're staying at Le Meridien....so would you say stay there and eat at Sidney's?

He races EARLY Sunday am...


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  1. Would not eat at Sydney's - Miracle of Science for budget good food, Green Street for moderate budget good to great food, Central Kitchen for upscale casual bistro food, or Craigie on Main eating in the bar for top notch amazing food at high prices and waitstaff with attitudes (bar service is better).

    1. I would definitely avoid Sydney's, there are much better options closeby.

      The closest place for a traditional steak dinner would be Frank's on Mass Ave (about 3 mi up Mass Ave in North Cambridge). It has an old school atmosphere that is quite nice and pretty good food.

      Otherwise, the previously mentioned Green Street and Craigie Street both will have a good steak dish on the menu. Other options of a similar nature not too far away, a 10 min walk or very short cab ride, include Garden at the Cellar and Blue Room. Both have varied menus and will have a steak.

      Even though it is a bit farther and requires a cab ride, Franks sounds like it may be the best fir for you.

      Good luck to your son in his races. Enjoy the weekend.

      Frank's Steak House
      2310 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140

      1. Thanks so much. I think we are getting a handle on options in this neighborhood. In March we stayed in Downtown Crossing...and here at Chow everyone helped very much. A great community!
        Between the posts on the two threads, we arein good shape. ;o)

        1. Legal Seafood's surf and turf may be another option?

          1. if he is a big eater, the small flatiron steak at Craigie will likely not be enough to feed him...for a large steak, you might need to go into Boston, e.g., Abe & Louie's or Umbria Prime

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            1. re: barleywino

              update: the flatiron has been replaced on the current menu by a ribeye (although in terms of taste and size, it's more like a very lean filet mignon than your typical fatty ribeye)

            2. I've always enjoyed the steak frites at Central Kitchen. Of course, this is a bistro steak, not a steakhouse steak.

              1. will take a look at Abe andLouies menu if itsonline---
                Dear son choose Green street over Central...from menu description of the steak...lol

                1. Navy Yard Bistro over in Charlestown has a grilled hangar steak with a bordelaise sauce and awesome fried on the menu, as well as a 12-oz Sirloin. It's about a 10-minute drive give-or-take from the MIT/Central area. It's reasonably priced for the quality:


                  1. Had a great meal at Rendezvous in Central Sq last night and they had steak frites on their menu. Whether this is only part of their Sunday prix fixe menu, I'm not sure.

                    1. There are a couple of regional and ethnic options, you can add to the list which might give you a larger portion than bistro steak frites, but are not a traditional steakhouse steak.

                      Izzy's a small Puerto Rican restaurant on Windsor has a Bistec Encebollado - Steak and Onions on the combination plate (the common latin american steak and onions, not quite fajitas, but they took the idea). It'll be a thinner cut and generally served well done, but should be big for a large eater. It is a sub-shop type atmosphere. Friday you can get their excellent pork shoulder.

                      Just about any Portuguese restaurant is going to serve a "bife a portugesa" a sauced steak (with a gravy with tomato/wine/etc) and there are lots of options in the general Kendall area. The nearest to your hotel is Con Sol, on Columbia and Broadway. Casa Portugal a bit further away is another good option. The most common cut these days is a NY strip bit larger than most bistro steak frites (10 vs 8 oz or so), but keep in mind that Portuguese tend to cook a bit more well done and its not uncommon to have a big of gristle.

                      Muqueca on Cambridge Street is one of the few a la carte Brazilian restaurants around and does a decent version of picanha na tabua which would be a large portion, seasoned with only salt (and they will cook to order) -- if you look for the most recent posting on Muqueca, nab included a picture of the picanha. The nearby Midwest Grill would allow a big eater to eat all the meat they want.

                      Steak Tips or "Sirloin Tips" seem to be a regional new england thing (some combination of greek, italian, and portuguese influence) sold in large portions all over. Most of the options for this around Central seem to have evaporated, but near Kendall the East Side Bar & Grill has a decent marinade but can be a bit inconsisent on the grilling. Larger portions. The Middle East in Central has Kebabs which sometimes hit the spot, but smaller portion and they are more than a bit inconsistent.

                      Prime Rib is another fading NE special, something that the above mentioned Frank's (which I am not a big fan of), maybe better to leave for a Sunday Brunch (Henrietta's has it then), but Durgin Park and the Stockyard in Allston are other options to Frank's.

                      None of these are far, some caution is advised at night on Columbia, Prospect , and Windsor if you choose to walk instead of a cab, but it sounds like you will be in a group and fine.

                      1. Thanks so much for the ideas...we are a party of 2--a tall teen boy and a mom ;o)

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                        1. re: fogfog

                          I like the ideas of Franks or the Stockyard for classic 'steak dinner'.

                        2. Garden at the Cellar (on Mass Ave by Harvard Square) has a great steak, and it comes with their amazing rosemary truffle fries (arguably the best fries in Boston!).

                          Garden At the Cellar
                          991 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138