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Aug 15, 2010 07:18 PM

Boston Chowhound help for L.A. Chowhounder (female)

I will be getting into Boston Fri 10/1 4p for the weekend. I will be making a reservation to eat alone that evening. Usually when family picks me up, we make 6p reservations and that seems to work fine.

So ... in Boston right now ... IYHO ... what would be a great place for me to book dinner for 1 at 6p?

I've already been to No. 9 Park, L;'Espalier (old location), Clio, Ajourd'hui (closed?), Radius, Hammersley's Bistro, Olives (is it still there?), probably many others I can't recall until you suggest 'em. It does not need to be that highbrow (but that's fine too) ust yummy and comfortable for a single female.

I live in L.A. so sushi makes no sense. I grew up in NH so I kinda sorta know Boston, but I come back only several times a year so I only have some sense and my brother-in-law is the only foodie in the family but he's not around.

So whaddya think?

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  1. Craigie on Main for new American/french
    Coppa for Italian charceuterie
    Tamarind Bay for Indian that is not your typical Indian food
    Helmand for Afghan food
    I have excellent recommendations for Japanese and Chinese though you should do better in LA.

    Tamarind Bay
    75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

    253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

    1. Since you are eating alone, and are looking for yummy that does not necessarily have to be fine dining, how about one of the more ethnic-oriented restaurants that may not be easily replicated in LA? Helmand (Afghani) is a fine example, but you might consider Oleana (Turkish-inspired), or perhaps something Portuguese. Finally, it has been eons since my last visit, but if my memory is correct you could perhaps try East Coast Grill - definitely a local institution - and get a seat at the bar.

      East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
      1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139