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Walking distance from Lenox Hotel Back Bay

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lballinger Aug 21, 2010 11:09 AM

My husband and I will be in Boston for a few days in October, staying in the Lenox Hotel in the Back Bay area. Any suggestions for places to go for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a drink around that area? We will be going out of the immediate area to try Neptune Oyster and Coppa, but just checking here for any other ideas.
We're open to all types of food and atmospheres and I know my husband will want to go to at least one pub while we are there.

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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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    BBHound RE: lballinger Aug 21, 2010 12:09 PM

    Lots of places in that area but most tend to be relatively expensive and not fabulous. I think L'Esapler and Sel de la Terre nearby are very good. On Boylston St, Abe & Louie's and Atlantic Fish do a good job and are a decent value at lunch. City Table in your hotel is actually pretty good and might satisfy the pub desire.

    Better restaurants are within walking distance( 10-15 minutes) in the South End. Do a search for South End places for lots of ideas. I would suggest Union on Washington St. Aquitaine on Tremont offers lunch as well as dinner. B&G Oyster on Tremont is also good but Neptune is better.

    It would help if you could tell us what pricres range and food types you are looking for.

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    L'Espalier
    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

    Union Bar and Grille
    1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

    Atlantic Fish Co
    761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Aquitaine
    569 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

    Abe & Louie's
    793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

    Sel de la Terre
    774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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      lballinger RE: BBHound Aug 21, 2010 12:18 PM

      We love Italian and also love seafood. Pricewise, we probably wouldn't want to spend over $200 with taxes and tip.

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      cambridgedoctpr RE: lballinger Aug 21, 2010 12:12 PM

      i am a walker, but you might consider a walk to craigie on main though it is not far from central square on the red line.

      If you want to take the "T", you can go to Tamarind Bay on the red line in Harvard Square or Sichuan Gourmet on the green line. if you can master the T, you have many possibilites open to you.

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      Sichuan Gourmet
      502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

      Tamarind Bay
      75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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        teezeetoo RE: cambridgedoctpr Aug 21, 2010 02:35 PM

        I like La Voile, which is walking distance for good french bistro, and Lucca on Huntington Avenue, also walking distance, for nice upscale italian with a very attractive bar.

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        La Voile
        261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        redelephant RE: lballinger Aug 21, 2010 03:00 PM

        Hello. Via Matta does great upscale Italian in my book and is about 5 blocks away. It's a Michael Schlow restaurant, the guy known for Radius here in Boston. You can request half portions of the pastas which is nice. When my GF and I go, we typically start with the crispy pork pizza with an egg cracked over the top, and then I get two half portions of pasta (the Bolognese is pretty amazing). Their website is the one most frustrating and annoying sites I've every been to, but don't let that throw you off. Also close to Via Matta is Bistro du Midi, which is also very good. The Bistro du Midi chef supposedly has a strong "fish" background due to his days at Le Bernardin. Both are about a 10 minutes walk from the Lenox. On the weekends, the Atlantic Fish Co. also does a great brunch (which is very close to the Lenox). For lunch/sandwiches, The Parish Cafe is a popular spot, where the sandwiches are created by other local chefs (although each sandwich is about $1-$3 overpriced in my book). However, that doesn't keep me away. http://www.parishcafe.com/menu.html I can't disagree with most the other recs here as well. Yum. Have a great trip!

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        Atlantic Fish Co
        761 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Via Matta
        79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

        Bistro du Midi
        272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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          mgcmonkey RE: lballinger Aug 21, 2010 03:03 PM

          A skip and a hop from the Lenox hotel:
          Lunch=Atlantic Fish, Sel de la Terre, Parish Cafe, Brasserie Jo, Delucas
          Dinner=Sorellina, Atlantic Fish, Abe & Louies, Towne

          A bit further:
          Lunch=Aquitaine, Market by Jean Georges, Toro, Flour Bakery, Penang, Hong Kong Eatery, Viga, Mike and Patty's
          Dinner=Market, Troquet, Stella, Eastern Standard

          No good breakfast spots within the immediate area.

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          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

          Toro
          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          Troquet
          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Abe & Louie's
          793 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

          Brasserie Jo
          120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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