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Apr 22, 2010 05:48 AM

Dinner/Drinks for a group after Waterfire-Providence

Seems to be a lot of suggestions for Providence around Brown - I'm interested in places for a group after Waterfire in June - going for the PC reunion and will have a group of 30-somethings looking for casual but good food and drinks in and around waterfire. we're staying downtown for 2 nights - any thoughts on walking distance for breakfast too? I did check the history of the board,but seems to be from 2008 for Providence lists, etc. Thanks so much!

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  1. Luxe burger bar is fun. Upscale burgers! They have great drinks, unusual burgers, make your own burger menu and homemade blue cheese potato puffs...these are not the frozen puffs you remember from middle school lunch! And it is not a fast food style restaurant. We went after waterfire and had a great time. There is a Fire & Ice up the street near Providence Place. Also casual and fun.

    Fire & Ice
    48 Providence Pl, Providence, RI 02903

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    1. re: maggie15

      I second Luxe. A really fun place and the burgers and drinks are great!

      1. re: maggie15

        OP, Luxe is fun, but will be a complete shit show on a Waterfire night. That might be a better choice for your second night in the city.

        Stay away from Fire and Ice: it's disgusting!

        We like the Red Fez, but it'll probably be pretty crowded, too, as it's close to the river.

        Red Fez
        49 Peck St, Providence, RI 02903

        1. re: invinotheresverde

          Definitely stay away from Fire & Ice.

          Anything around there is going to be crazy on a Waterfire night. At some point, if you want to walk, you'll just have to suck it up and deal with it. Local 121 might be a nice place for cocktails. It's not a really long walk, but enough away from Waterfire that it might be okay.

          Local 121
          121 Washington St, Providence, RI 02903

          Fire & Ice
          48 Providence Pl, Providence, RI 02903

      2. Luxe is indeed a good bet, but anything that close will be packed on a Waterfire night. Depending on the size of your group and the weather, you may have a problem. Stay away from Fire & Ice -- it's awful. There are a lot of good options within a couple of blocks, and Federal Hill is a manageable walk if you don't mind crossing over the highway (it's pretty un-scenic), and will be less crowded. Local 121 is stylish, with good drinks and mostly good locally sourced food, but it can sometimes be hit-or-miss. 10 Prime is also good in the drinks department and has creative food and a fun atmosphere, but can get expensive if you drink a fair amount. On the Hill, there's lots to choose from -- just search this board or the pre-split "General New England." Siena is popular, although I'm not a fan, and Angelo's is more old-school. If you end up on the Hill, wherever you eat, leave room for dessert at Pastiche.

        Walking distance for good breakfast is a bit tougher in downtown. The consensus choices on Broadway are Julian's and Nick's, but both are probably 15-20 minutes walk, depending on which hotel you start from. Brickway on Wickenden is good, too, just in the other direction.

        1. Where are you staying? That might help for recs

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          1. re: dagwood

            We are staying downtown marriot courtyard, near the biltmore - we've done the happy hour at mccormicks and andinos on the hill, but not much else

          2. I like Hemingways, great view, good food and drinks.

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            1. re: rkstrat

              It's Hemenway's, not Hemingway's, for anyone from out of town trying to find info.

              And while I don't dislike it, anyplace with a view of the river will be packed on a Waterfire night, and its proximity to that park south of College St will make it that much worse.

              121 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903