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JLNC1 Jul 27, 2010 09:16 AM

Hi,

My wife and I will be in Boston for business in August and we have about 4 nights of eating to fill. I hate to beat this to death, but I've read many other posts up here and hope you'll bear with me as I attempt to refine the list a bit! There all starting to run together.

We're staying near the financial district, would prefer to walk, but could cab it for good chow. We're less interested in stuffy fine dining and prefer local and sustainable where possible-- not a requirement though. We'll be there on a Fri. night through Mon. night.

Seafood: So far I've got Neptune's on the list for seafood and I'm looking for a few more suggestions. The pan cooked lobster at Summer Shack also sounds like a possibility.

Italian: I've read good things about Prezza, Mamma Marias and Rialto. Basically, if you had your choice of any Italian place, what would it be?

Other: Sushi or anything else..........China Town? We'd like to mix things up a bit.

Thanks for your suggestions!
JL

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Prezza
24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

Summer Shack
310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Mamma Maria Restaurant
3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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    TopCat Aug 17, 2010 09:45 AM

    Toro is a fun place which you should try. Same owner as Coppa and equally crowded.....go on the early side put your name in and have a drink there or across the street at Stella(fun bar scene and maybe try a app)

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    Toro
    1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

    Coppa
    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    1. j
      JLNC1 Aug 16, 2010 04:34 PM

      Ok folks, our last night in Boston and here is the report. We hit Neptune, Peach Farm, Atlantic Seafood and Monica's Vinoteca.

      By far, Neptune's was the best and perhaps one of the best places we've been to ever--- great food, atmosphere, service-- everything. I'm wishing we spent all four nights there.

      Atlantic was good, but not awesome--- good seafood, but nothing special. Peach Farm-- fine, but fairly average Chinese (perhaps what we ordered had something to do with it) and we didn't feel like we got the best service because there was some type of street festival and we weren't Chinese--- rushed.

      Monica's was truly disappointing. We got the "Restaurant Week" three course option and it was poor. The salad was greens out of a bag with dressing-- the second courses were pasta and good, but the third courses were a fishy stuffed haddock and a tough, tough, tough, pork chop with poorly mashed sweet potatoes and some wilted broccoli-- our fault for not just ordering their pasta dishes, I guess. We mentioned the poor main courses and were give a "sorry", but I can tell you that this was sub-par even for an average restaurant. I'm not sure how folks on this board can consider this restaurant as something to recommend, but I surely wouldn't.

      Thanks for pointing us to Neptune's--- quite good.

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      Peach Farm
      4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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      1. re: JLNC1
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        your_outreach Aug 17, 2010 05:58 AM

        If you loved Neptune Oyster (and who doesn't!?) I'd suggest you check out Coppa and Franklin Cafe next time you're in Boston. I think you'd love those as well!

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

        Coppa
        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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          cambridgedoctpr Aug 17, 2010 06:12 AM

          Out of curiousity, what did you order at peach farm. Service is only ordinary in these places even on the best of days.

          I find eating here is as good as any chinese fish tank place in NYC.

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        pollystyrene Jul 30, 2010 06:27 PM

        Vinoteca di Monica is my favorite moderately-priced eatery in the NE, but if you're willing to spend more, Prezza and Mamma Maria would be my top picks.

        Coppa is good, but I'd say you have to get there after 9:30 on weeknights to avoid a long wait. It's also very loud and the tables are crammed together. High marks on food, low on convenience and atmosphere.

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          cambridgedoctpr Jul 30, 2010 07:39 PM

          prepare to wait and eat outside if the weather is good.

          1. re: pollystyrene
            Beachowolfe Jul 30, 2010 07:48 PM

            Agreed, if Prezza is within the budget that's the spot (having not been to M.M.)

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            Prezza
            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

          2. j
            JLNC1 Jul 28, 2010 06:42 AM

            Thanks for the input. On the Italian side, it sounds like Prezza and Coppa would both be good choices. I also read some older posts about Monica's. Any thoughts?

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            Prezza
            24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

            Coppa
            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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            1. re: JLNC1
              hiddenboston Jul 28, 2010 07:14 AM

              I like Monica's a lot. Their pasta is up there among the best I've had in the city.

              1. re: hiddenboston
                Beachowolfe Jul 28, 2010 03:35 PM

                Vinoteca di Monica is very good. Can't vouch for the trattoria as I haven't been.

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

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                pasuga Jul 28, 2010 09:17 PM

                I love Monica's but would suggest you save it for the Monday night, the service is much more relaxed. When I lived in the North End I avoided all the restaurants on summer weekends. FWIW, I took my brother there on a Monday a few years ago - he used to travel for a living, often entertaining clients, and has eaten all over the US, Europe and South America - he said it was one of the ten best restaurant meals he'd ever eaten. Have never eaten at Prezza, but it never fails to get stellar reviews on this board. Re: Neptune, the food is fabulous, but go early (i.e. 5:30-6 pm) or be prepared to stand in line for a long time.

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                Prezza
                24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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                Taralli Jul 27, 2010 12:58 PM

                Prezza & Erbaluce.

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                Prezza
                24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

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                  MParente Jul 27, 2010 12:24 PM

                  If I had my choice of Italian it would be Sportello (which may be walking distance to where you are staying). Also, depending on where you are coming from, I don't think Boston has particularly to die for sushi unless you are willing to spend a small fortune (O ya- totally worth it but be prepared for a $300-$600 meal for two). If you are really craving sushi Oiishi is a step down from that (but still pricey) and Douzo a step down from there (moderate). In Chinatown I love Peach farm and Dumpling House. Dumpling house is almost comically bad service, but I LOVE their dumplings and recently had the best moo-shu of my life there the other day. Enjoy!

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                  Douzo
                  131 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

                  Sportello
                  348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

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                    yanz Jul 27, 2010 12:35 PM

                    I think you can get better Italian (food and atmosphere) at somewhere other than Sportello (it's like sitting in a cafeteria). Plus, they don't serve cocktails in the restaurant (just beer and wine; don't recall an extensive list), though Drink (same owner, downstairs) has superb, fresh ingredient cocktails for before/after if you wanted to go that route.

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                    Sportello
                    348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

                    1. re: MParente
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                      cambridgedoctpr Jul 27, 2010 12:38 PM

                      Seafood: in Chinatown, besides Peach Farm, there is East Ocean City and Jumbo Seafood; to me they are about equally good. East Ocean makes excellent mu shu pork by the way.

                      I am a big fan of the pain fried lobster at Summer Shack.

                      In the South end, I like Coppa though it is busy. If the weather permits, sit outside if you do not enjoy really loud music. I like the meats especially the duck prosciutto. It does not take reservations and is very popular so wait until after 8 30 pm but forget it on a Friday or Saturday night.

                      I like Rialto, but it is more Mediteranean than Italian and is located in Harvard Square. You can take the the red line to Harvard Square.

                      If you take the green line, you can get to Sichuan Gourmet that is located on the Beacon Street line. It has been thoroughly discussed on Chow Hound.

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                      Peach Farm
                      4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

                      Jumbo Seafood Restaurant
                      7 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

                      Summer Shack
                      310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

                      East Ocean City Restaurant
                      27 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

                      Coppa
                      253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                      Sichuan Gourmet
                      1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

                      1. re: cambridgedoctpr
                        Beachowolfe Jul 27, 2010 02:55 PM

                        So, cambridgedoc, you hit up Coppa this past weekend? How's it compare to the Batali places in NYC?

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                        Coppa
                        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

                        1. re: Beachowolfe
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                          cambridgedoctpr Jul 29, 2010 03:28 PM

                          coppa compares very well with what one can get in nyc. molto italiano as one of my friends put it

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