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Boston - on the water?

One more specific request. On the water (we New Mexican's doen't get much of that here) withing walking distance of the Theater district or easy to Metro.

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  1. While Boston is a very walkable city compared to most others, the Theater district is not particularly close to the harbor.

    If you want to eat on the water, chances are you will end up a fair distance away from downtown Boston. Having said that, please do feel encouraged to make the trip! The experience definitely is the antithesis of New Mexico.

    Oh, one last thing to help you when you are here and asking for directions. We refer to the public transportation network (rail and buses) as the "T". (Listen to the old Kingston Trio recording of "Charlie on the MTA" as preparation for your Boston trip and you will learn why the reloadable cards that are used to pay T fares are called "Charlie Cards".)

    1. i had a fantastic lunch at sam's place, at the new louis' location. lovely deck. too far for most to walk from the theater district, but a 10-minute walk from the blue line at aquarium or a short walk from the courthouse stop on the silver line.

      it's the first (only?) restaurant in the city, on the water, with terrific food and great service.

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Glad to hear that about Sam's. We were by there during the day of the night they were going to open and looked at the menu, but haven't eaten there yet. Boston could really use a moderately priced restaurant right on the water with good food. That deck looked very inviting.

        1. re: pemma

          Seconded. My colleague came back raving about that place this weekend -- beautiful views and pretty good food at surprisingly reasonable prices, according to him.

      2. I wasn't all that impressed by Whiskey Priest's food, but if you want to go to a place for a drink while soaking up great water views, it's a good spot to check out. A nice night out might be hitting WP for a drink, then strolling over to Sam's (see hotoynoodle's post), which is maybe a 5-minute walk west of the place.

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        1. re: hiddenboston

          whiskey priest serves food? jeebus. weekend nights the lines for that place, as well as its sister, abg, are miles long, and it looks like an audition for the "jersey shore"..

          there is also dante, on the charles, a short walk from the lechmere t stop.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            LOL, actually there's quite a big difference in the clientele between the two. It looks like Atlantic Beer Garden is more of a place for college kids and locals in their 20s, while Whiskey Priest is more of a hangout for the nearby business crowd (at least on weeknights) with lots of folks in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and up.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Don't bother with Whiskey Priest. My friends and I were going to a concert at the Pavilion a few weeks ago and stopped in for dinner & drinks beforehand. The service was terrible and the appetizers were average at best. The waittress took so long to check on us, we didn't have an opportunity to order meals.

              We would have preferred Atlantic Beer Garden, but the wait was too long.

          2. A walk from the Theater district to the aquarium area is doable. While not on the water, you could have a nice meal at SeldeLaTerre and then walk over to the Longwharf Marriott for drinks at the Oceana terrace. The outdoor terrace has nice harbor views and they serve some good sandwiches and clam chowder.

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            1. re: Pegmeister

              never said it wasn't do-able, but people used to traveling everywhere by car think a 20- or 30-minute walk is a marathon, lol.

              and if it's just for drinks, both the boston harbor hotel and the intercontinental have lovely patios.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                Sorry, when I was saying it was doable, I was just trying to let the OP know it wasn't a great distance. Hope my post didn't sound otherwise. I was also going to suggest drinks at the Landing, but wasn't quite sure how to describe it, and that's the type of spot you either love or hate.

            2. There is also the Sea Grille at the Boston Harbor Hotel, which isn't too bad of a walk to the Theater District.

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              1. re: phatchris

                Same general area is Miel at the Intercontinental. If you are willing to take the Blue Line to Maverick T station, and then a short walk, Scup's in the Harbor is another option. Just don't get sucked in by the Barking Crab.

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                The Barking Crab
                88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

              2. Thanks to all for the great suggestions. By the way, got my haircut tonight and my barber recommended the Barking Crab which bostonbroad says to avoid. I think I'll trust the locals and just won't tell my barber about it.

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                The Barking Crab
                88 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

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                1. re: bleen68

                  As with a few other suggestions, this one is not directly on the water, but you could also take the T Inner Harbor Ferry from Long Wharf/Aquarium to Charlestown to visit the Navy Yard Bistro. It would be convenient if you had any ideas of visiting the Bunker Hill Monument or the USS Constitution. They have a nice outdoor patio too where you could catch a sea breeze.

                  Granted this isn't particularly close to the Theater District, but it would involve a pleasant and short ferry trip through the harbor.

                  1. re: heavydee

                    Now that you mention a ferry ride, I'm surprised that no one has recommended Scups on the Harbor, plenty of places to grab a water taxi and it sounds like what the OP is looking for. I haven't been there yet myself, but it's on the top of my list for the summer.