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May 4, 2010 01:21 PM

Polynesian drinks in Chinatown?

I am in charge of planning a birthday dinner that is coming up that will be comprised of mostly non chowish folk. The person whose birthday it is loves kowloon for the drinks.

My question: Is there anyplace doing zombies, scorpian bowls, etc in chinatown that is chow worthy?

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  1. you could call up Drink and ask them to make your group a punch bowl of Chatham Artillery Punch, then stagger over to CHinatown

    1. You could takeover the Shangri-La's sketchy back bar in Beacon Hill. Not quite Chinatown but Tony makes a mean scorpion bowl.

      149 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478

      5 Replies
      1. re: SaraASR

        That place fascinates me - it always smells like old fryolater oil, and I think I've seen duct tape on some of the seats from the outside. Is there anything there that's edible?

        1. re: nsenada

          Nothing great at Shangri-La these days, though they do have polynesian drinks. The location actually has a long history going back 50+ years - it was a famous China diner called Sun Tuey in its heyday with Boston politicians, sports celebs and famous people eating there. I would try Hong Kong in Harvard Square or Faneuil Hall - not in Chinatown, but much better than Shangri-La for polynesian drinks and Americanized Chinese food.

          1. re: DeniseB

            Rumor has it that shady stuff happens in the basement, that's all I'm saying. After sharing a few scorpian bowls, I love the scallion pancakes and veggie lo-mein!

            1. re: SaraASR

              That's a rumor that I've only seen mentioned in yelp reviews, and some specific claims weren't backed up by some research on the 'net (for things that definitely would show up in police logs and such)

              1. re: jgg13

                Hmm - reminds me of the fabled swingers club above a sandwich shop near Foley's downtown. Maybe we should start a new thread, "restaurants with rumored sketchy adjacent activities..."

      2. I think they place the best fits your description is Empire Garden. (It might be the only place in Chinatown with those types of drinks.)

        I don't think the food is Chowish though...

        Empire Garden Restaurant
        690 Washington St, Boston, MA 02111