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Polynesian drinks in Chinatown?

joth68 May 4, 2010 01:21 PM

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. barleywino RE: joth68 May 4, 2010 01:47 PM

    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. SaraASR RE: joth68 May 4, 2010 05:50 PM

      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

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      1. re: SaraASR
        nsenada RE: SaraASR May 5, 2010 06:05 AM

        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
          DeniseB RE: nsenada May 6, 2010 01:10 AM

          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
            SaraASR RE: DeniseB May 12, 2010 12:27 PM

            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
              jgg13 RE: SaraASR May 12, 2010 12:37 PM

              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
                nsenada RE: jgg13 May 12, 2010 01:37 PM

                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..."

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        tysonmcneely RE: joth68 May 5, 2010 07:27 AM

        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

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