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john gonzales Jul 16, 2010 01:32 AM

TIA. We are from L.A. (sorry about those Lakers) and coming through for one night. I'm looking for somewhere with good food, maybe a bit vibrant, preferably not too far from Battery Wharf. We won't get anywhere till 8:45-9pm. In that we have great sushi here, and will have lots of local seafood in Martha's Vineyard, neither of those would be top choice. Italian (or other) would be fine, with something a little creative rather than real old-school preferred.

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    pemma Jul 16, 2010 05:50 AM

    Well you are staying right at the edge of the North End, Boston's Italian neighborhood. Two choices that are not red sauce, but a little more creative (and more expensive) are Prezza and Mamma Maria. Prezza is probably more "vibrant" than Mamma Maria. Both are walking distance from your hotel. Go to Cafe Vittoria on Hanover Street for desert/espresso/cordial -- real old world atmosphere.

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    Prezza
    24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

    Mamma Maria Restaurant
    3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

    1. MC Slim JB Jul 16, 2010 06:28 AM

      I'm from Boston. Sorry about your having to root for Kobe.

      You'll get many good North End suggestions with a quick search of this board, but a short cab ride puts many more destinations in reach. Do you want walkable?

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        john gonzales Jul 16, 2010 08:45 AM

        Guess we both root against Lebron this season.
        Walk is slightly preferable, not necessary. A cab-ride that's not too far (2 miles max?) is fine. We will have travelled all day (Sat.) so something that isn't very elaborate is preferable. Though we definitely want something good. Some wine friends suggested Troquet..

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        Troquet
        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          MC Slim JB Jul 16, 2010 09:27 AM

          Troquet does have great wines and good French food.

          Walk to: Prezza, Taranta, Marco (all modern Italian).

          Cab to: No. 9 Park (French/Italian, sit at/in the bar), Sorellina (mod Italian), Hungry Mother (New American / Appalachian), Craigie on Main (New American / French), Sportello (mod Italian), Scampo (mod Italian), Woodward (casual New American).

          http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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          Prezza
          24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

          Troquet
          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Hungry Mother
          Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

          Scampo
          215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

          Craigie on Main
          853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

          Sportello
          348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

          Sorellina
          1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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        gourmaniac Jul 16, 2010 09:52 AM

        In addition to the excellent suggestions, Sel de la Terre is a close walk and quite good.

        1. StevieC Jul 16, 2010 10:36 AM

          Given your location and criteria, I think Prezza would be your best bet, though you couldn't go wrong with the others mentioned.

          Sensing in actually at Battery Wharf, but I have not been there so can't comment. It doesn't get much attention on this board.

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          Prezza
          24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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            csammy Jul 16, 2010 10:51 AM

            Troquet has an awesome wine list and the food is also great! I was there last night and they are having a wine cellar cleaning sale. The are selling off all there last bottles at deep discount prices. We really enjoyed a bottle of 1979 Chateau Prieure Lichine Margaux for $25 with our Suckling Pig.

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            Troquet
            140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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