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Move In Weekend in Boston / College Chaos and Joy

We move my kiddo into college (Northeastern) Sept. 4. I need recs for dinner Sat. night around Copley /South End and Sunday brunch. I have done Acquataine and am leaning towards that. Have my 87 year young Mom in tow. She is an elder Chowhound...would love any new recs.

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  1. Details with regards to budget/ preferences might be useful.

    For brunch in the South End, I would recommend Hammersley's. I personally did not enjoy my brunch at Aquitaine, despite good reviews.

    tb

    1. The brunch at Craigie on Main in Cambridge is (IMO) the best ever. You could take the T (Green Line to Park, Red Line to Central) and thus avoid some of the area craziness where you are staying, and also introduce your progeny to the wonders of the T.

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      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      1. re: GretchenS

        what, there are no colleges in cambridge? ;)

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          Yeah, right, brain cramp for sure but I don't associate that area with the same level of craziness. Phelana, whatever you decide on, call for reservations asap.

          1. re: GretchenS

            GretchenS, the T is great but I have my 87 year young Mom and the less hecticness the better energy left for her to enjoy..will check out Hammersley..have a res at Aquataine so far..

            Budget none ...anything goes but we don't love buffets. Nothing international...no dim sim ...

            1. re: phelana

              I'm confused by "anything goes" and "nothing international". Does that mean 'nothing ethnic' in the chinese/thai/ indian sense of the word? Or nothing french/ nothing hispanic etc?

              Steakhouses are a good choice for something safe, although I would recommend Oak Room in Copley square.

              tb

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              Oak Room
              138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

            2. re: GretchenS

              I think you're right Gretchen. I live in between the two key cambridge colleges and that time period is annoying but nowhere near as annoying as allston christmas zone and other boston hotspots.

              1. re: jgg13

                I agree with TruBlu, Acquitaine is not a good spot for what you are describing. I always feel clumsy in there for brunch between the crowd and the way they pack the tables (2 tops often turn into 3 or 4 tops). Masa has an inexpensive brunch that always seems to go over well with my visitors.

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                Masa
                439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

                1. re: MParente

                  I forgot about Masa, good suggestion!

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                  Masa
                  439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

        2. All the "steakhouses" are close by and they have a lot of other choices other than beef. I've taken my 83 year old Mother to some and have always had great meals she enjoyed enormously. Abe and Louis, Grille 23 & Bar, and even the Palm. All good and very comfortable. Great bar service at all.

          Northeastern, good bang for the buck. My son has done very well since graduation.

          Enjoy,
          CocoDan

          1. You were such a fan of the Boulangerie in Wellfleet if you have a car drive over to Clear Flour Bakery in Brookline early in the day. The gruyere cheese croissant is not to be missed and you could bring home some olive rolls.

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            1. re: Berheenia

              Berheenia, great idea but I don't fancy driving... Coco, we don't fancy meat..Masa sounds great..will google it..