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Quick dinner for 1 in or very near the North End

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Hi, all.

I'm going to be in the North End one night a week for the next month or so for a recurring meeting, and I wonder if you have suggestions for a place where I can have a quick dinner. I'll be a little pressed for time (only about an hour), and the fact that a lot of places could be mobbed with an after-work crowed presents a problem. For instance I tried to go to Silvertone for a beer and a quick dinner this week, and not only was the bar full, but there was a line 5-people-deep just to talk to the hostess.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Not sure what time you will be dining, but I was going to suggest Neptune Oyster on Salem Street in the NE. Great dining place for one person. They have a great bar to sit at and enjoy. Sel de la Terre is next to the Aquarium and again good single dining.

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    Neptune Oyster
    63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

    Sel de la Terre
    1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA 01760

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    1. re: kate used to be 50

      I'll be dining just before 6. I thought about Neptune but thought that they were always slammed. That will definitely be one of the places I try next time.

      1. re: tlk

        If you go before 6 you should be fine.

    2. Pagliucas has an express type restaurant on the corner of Parmenter and Hanover St(they have a more formal sit down restaurant around the corner). It's counter service but they have a really nice dining area that opens to the street for great people watching. Good food too!

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      Pagliuca's
      14 Parmenter St, Boston, MA 02113

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      1. re: catsmeow

        I think you might be confusing Il Panino Express with Pagliuca...

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        Pagliuca's
        14 Parmenter St, Boston, MA 02113

        Il Panino
        266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          You're right. It is Il Panino Express. Thanks for the correction.

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          Il Panino
          266 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

      2. Dino's (141 Salem Street, at the corner of Salem and Prince) has terrific (and enormous!) subs and a variety of pastas. They seem to do a brisk takeout business but have very few diners-in at that time of day - I can vouch for the fact because Barmy and I ate there just last Wednesday, before a 6:30pm circus performance.

        1. Artu's has a take out window, or you could inside and sit at the bar. Their service is pretty quick.

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            Yes, take-out from Artu is a great option! Get the roasted lamb (or pork) sandwich and take it to the Greenway if it's nice out. Don't forget to get a treat at Maria's!

            1. re: Pegmeister

              Second the Artu...was going to bring it up myself. If you have an hour, go in, have a glass of wine and relax.

            2. Billy Tse's on Commercial Street has great Asian food - not your typical N. End restaurant but quick, friendly, and delcious.

              Neptune before 6 for 1 should be fine. You should be able to get a seat at the bar. Same with Vinoteca di Monica.

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              Vinoteca di Monica
              143 Richmond St., Boston, MA 02109

              Billy Tse's
              240 Commercial St Lbby 1, Boston, MA 02109