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I'm traveling to Boston for four days and staying at the Hyatt Harborside. I'm looking for unique, Boston-style restaurants for various meals. Any suggestions? I like everything and am willing to splurge for the right meal. Already pegged Neptune as a destination.

Any suggestions for cocktail lounges/bars are welcome too.

Thanks!

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  1. First of all, if you come to Boston, you HAVE to try the cannolis. I'd recommend Mike's Pastry and Modern Pastry, two rivals in the North End that have been going at it for decades (and they're located right across the street from each other, too!)

    Next, for a pizza, Santarpio's in East Boston is some of the best I've had in my life, even beating out the pies I tried in NY.

    For a burger, Radius, one of the more expensive fine dining institutions in town, serves up my favorite in the nation, complete with a creamy horseradish lemon mayo sauce and fried onion strings.

    And for something chocolaty, I'd recommend LA Burdick's in Harvard Square, one of the most affordable premium chocolatiers in America. I personally think it's the best American chocolatier you can find.

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    Mike's Pastry
    300 Hanover St, Boston, MA

    Modern Pastry
    257 Hanover St, Boston, MA

    Burdick's
    Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

    1. Cocktails: Drink, Eastern Standard, Craigie on Main, Green Street

      Beer: Lord Hobo and Cambridge Brewing Company are great and close to each other. Publick House and American Craft are next to each other. Sunset Grill has the biggest beer list. Those are the best but none are downtown, unfortunately. For downtown Stoddards, Kinsale, Jacob Wirths have the best beer selection.

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      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

      Cambridge Brewing Company
      1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Jacob Wirth Restaurant
      31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

      Publick House
      1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Sunset Grill
      916 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

      Lord Hobo
      92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

      American Craft
      1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

      1. where are you from? O Ya is hideously expensive but probably the best in Boston and is one of the best sushi places in the country.

        I also like Tamarind Bay - in Harvard Square - for Indian food while Helmand has Afghan food, something perhaps new.

        I also like the Chinese fish in the tank restaurants such as East Ocean Seafood. I recommend having a lobster roll - perhaps at Neptune - or a sandwhich at Alive and Kicking Seafood which is unfortunately not particularly close to the Central Square T stop.

        For French/New American, I like Craigie on Main and Clio.

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        O Ya
        9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Tamarind Bay
        75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

        Craigie on Main
        853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

        East Ocean Restaurant
        3704 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          I'm in San Diego, and I've never been to Boston before. Thanks for all the suggestions!

        2. All good ideas. few more..

          When I have friends from out of town, I like to show them places that I think capture old Boston...higher priced..Locke Ober or Oak Bar..meal or drinks..mid priced..Stoddards, Marliave.

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          Marliave
          10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

          1. I'm sure you'll end up in Faneuil Hall/ Quincy market and if you do, may I recommend the downstairs oyster bar of Durgin Park. Upstairs is a bit overpriced but downstairs is good for a quick bite.
            East coast grill is great, not traditional anything, but great food, in Inman Sq so it's a little bit of a walk, but toally worth it.
            Louie's lobster (mentioned above) outside of Central has amazing lobster sandwiches and also totally worth the walk.
            Red Fez in the South End is a good place to hang out on the weekend, they have live music, and since they re-did the menu, their mezze are good.
            And finally, near where you're staying, stop into Sportello for a drink.
            - Gaby
            http://behindboston.blogspot.com

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            Sportello
            348 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02110

            Durgin Park
            1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

            1. i'm also coming into Boston, but for only two days...taking the Bolt Bus up from NYC and hope to hit some good places while I'm there. just booked lunch for Saturday at Marliave. will be seeing a Red Sox game mid-day and thinking to hang out in Back Bay before heading to the hotel in Brookline. any suggestions in Back Bay for dinner - $25-30 entrees - cuisine doesn't matter at all. just want it to standout as special.

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              Marliave
              Boston, MA, Boston, MA

              1. My vote goes to LaVoile on Newbury St or if you're up for a walk over to the South End (only a 15 min walk, Pops is very good - especially their short ribs.
                - Gaby
                http://behindboston.blogspot.com