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Harvard Sq Dinner Recs

I couldn't find any recent posts for recs in Harvard Sq. We're looking for moderately priced dining suggestions. Heading out toward Porter Sq recs would be helpful as well. I've only eaten at the Thai restaurant in Porter Sq, can't recall the name. I know about Le's, The Border Cafe, Grendel's Den, Bartley's. We need to expand our repetoire, and appreciate your assistance!

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  1. I like the Red House, just off the square on winthrop.

    1. Try Russell House Tavern on JFK St.

      Russell House Tavern
      14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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      1. re: BBHound

        We went to the Russell House Tavern, and were v. pleased. We shared the leaf salad and the 20oz ribeye. The kitchen split both dishes for us. Everything was delicious. We sat downstairs, and it was quiet enough for my dc. In fact, I would recommend this place on the thread where to eat steak that isn't a steakhouse.
        Thank you to everyone for all the great recs. We're planning to try the Red House next! Brasserie Jo is so on my list, because I'm a lover of mussels.

      2. For high end Italian, I really like Rialto and had their 70 dollar ligurian tasting meal last week. I also recommend Tamarind Bay, that is located in a Basement off JFK, which has in my opinion the best Indian food in Boston - as good as the best in NYC that i have had. Sandrine's makes ok Alstatian food but I prefer Brasserie Jo - or for that matter the Everest Room in Chicago - owned by John Joho. I frequently get a quick salad at Broadway market which is located a few blocks away from the square.

        Tamarind Bay
        75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

        8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

        Brasserie Jo
        120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

        1. Towards Porter Square I would recommend Chez Henri for French/Cuban fusion, Zoe's for Chinese, and R.F. O'Sullivans for burgers. In Harvard Square itself, my two favorites are probably Bartley's and Cambridge 1. On the upscale end Harvest is my pick. Russel House Tavern is not perfect, but they have an excellent menu with inconsistent execution. Casablanca and Cafe Algiers are nice for a light bite. Cafe Pamplona has an expanded menu now, that has impressed me. La Creperie/Arrow Street Crepes is another alternative that is quite good.

          Chez Henri
          1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Cafe Pamplona
          12 Bow St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          1. When that Bon Chon (Korean Fried) Chicken opens up, that should be a destination spot!

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            1. re: nasilemak

              So, I really like Shay's, at the bottom o f JFK Street. Homey, only beer and wine, great burger, interesting basic menu, really can't go wrong, very casual!

              1. re: momoftwo

                I have still got to go to Shay's! I've wanted to go there but just haven't yet.

            2. Cambridge 1 for stylish pizzas. Their quality has been a bit inconsistent, but I keep going back for the arugula/ bresaola salad and eating in the back with the view of the graveyard.

              Plus one for Tamarind Bay- very good, although I'd avoid the lunch buffet which was lackluster compared to the a la carte stuff.

              I've only eaten at the bar at Russell House, but it was tasty- the fried poached egg was a lot of fun.

              Much more casual, but I like Stone Hearth Pizza about halfway to Porter. Pizzaria Oggi in the Holyoke Center is also quite good for self serve pizza and burgers, but has odd short hours because the building closes.

              Looking forward to Clover opening soon too.

              Tamarind Bay
              75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

              1. I second Russell House Tavern. It's an excellent place. Grafton Street is decent--Russell House is far better, however. For Chinese cuisine I like Yenching. The food is good and the people are nice.

                Russell House Tavern
                14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138