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Oysters + Cherrystones + Martinis

Carty Nov 6, 2009 07:19 AM

I lost a bet on the world series. Well worth it to not side with the Yankees.

Bet was for 2 doz (raw) oysters + 1 doz (raw) cherrystones. I lost a previous NCAA bball bet for a martini to the same fellow. Pay off time.

What is exactly the right intersection of oysters, cherrystones, and martinis? Each is critical. Eat at the bar, lively atmosphere, Boston.

Grill 23? Pre-approved martinis but I do not see clams on the menu. Abe and Louies? I've never been.

Where? Talk to me.

Grill 23 & Bar
161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    cutipie721 Nov 6, 2009 07:23 AM

    First came to mind is Neptune's. Don't know about the Martinis though. But the whole restaurant is so small that you feel like you're eating at the bar wherever you sit.

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    1. re: cutipie721
      Carty Nov 6, 2009 07:25 AM

      no 'tinis

      1. re: cutipie721
        phatchris Nov 6, 2009 08:29 AM

        No martini's but Bellini's.

      2. StriperGuy Nov 6, 2009 07:27 AM

        East Coast Grill.

        East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
        1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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        1. re: StriperGuy
          yumyum Nov 6, 2009 07:37 AM

          How lame is the place link thing now? For the OP, it's East Coast grill in Inman Square. They are great for oysters and clams but I don't think their martinis are that good.

          Call Grill 23 and inquire about clams. I can stand behind those martinis.

          And I feel your pain, I lost a bet on the Series too.

          Grill 23 & Bar
          161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

          1. re: yumyum
            gourmaniac Nov 6, 2009 07:42 AM

            A couple of their martinis and I can't stand at all :) . RE OP, Eastern standard is still fine for drinks and they do have oysters and clams. I can't recommend the food generally as they have dropped a notch in my opinion since Suarez left.

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          drb Nov 6, 2009 07:32 AM

          Maybe you should find a place where the oysters and clams are not so fresh......

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          1. re: drb
            Carty Nov 6, 2009 07:35 AM

            there is a true Sox fan ...

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            Zatan Nov 6, 2009 08:23 AM

            My first pick would be Eastern Standard. Lively place, lovely bar, excellent oysters and cherrystones. As noted, some of the other food has seemed to slip a bit, but for what you're after it's perfect.

            and cold and empty Fenway Park is just a ball-toss away......

            Eastern Standard
            528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

            Fenway Park
            82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

            1. CocoDan Nov 6, 2009 09:04 AM

              Abe & Louis' does have what you're looking for, and certainly is lively. Another choice might be the Palm. They do have good martinis.

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              1. re: CocoDan
                joebloe Nov 6, 2009 09:06 PM

                Legal Seafood '646' special if you come before 6pm. 2doz oysters + 1doz cherrystone clams for $33.95 total. I haven't seen any place as fresh yet as cheap.

                1. re: joebloe
                  southie Nov 7, 2009 03:07 AM

                  Where is that Legal?

                  1. re: southie
                    joebloe Nov 7, 2009 07:58 AM

                    Legal Seafood has a couple locations. Just google it.

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                macadamianut Nov 7, 2009 10:08 AM

                I had a platter of oysters and cherrystones last weekend at Smith and Wollensky's and they were superb. Served on a big platter of crushed ice and sprinkled with big fat caperberries, Good Mignonette and cocktail sauce with wedges of lemon, a bottle of Tabasco and lots of warm lemony cloth napkins.

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