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Recommendations - Back Bay/South End

pamela18 Nov 7, 2010 04:56 AM

Coming from NYC for a weekend this month - would love to get some recommendations for lunches and dinner. Looking for local places, great wine list, hip vibe, amazing food - price not an issue. Thanks for any suggestions.

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    cambridgedoctpr Nov 7, 2010 05:02 AM



    Here are a couple of threads that may be of interest. I would recommend Neptune, O Ya, Clio/Uni, Coppa, Craigie, and Rialto, but you can read what more informed hounds think.

    O Ya
    9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

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    1. re: cambridgedoctpr
      T.Clark Nov 7, 2010 05:59 AM

      I'm curious, who pays you more Craigie and Rialto? You never seem to miss an opportunity to plug both places and in this case neither is in the Back Bay or South End. Also, Neptune is in the North End and O Ya is in the Leather district. All good restaurants Doc, but your proclivity for recommending Craigie and Rialto regardless of an OP's request is predictable to say the least.

      1. re: T.Clark
        cambridgedoctpr Nov 7, 2010 09:42 AM

        i would also recommend chinese places such as Golden Garden, CK Shanghai, Sichuan Gourmet, East Ocean Seafood though they do not have great wine and neither does my favorite, Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square. I admit that i should have mentioned troquet for the wine list and very good food. I also admit that i like Cragie and Rialto quite a bit; Rialto always seems busy but does not get much attention on Chowhound. I should mention that i do not think much of Cragie's wine selection, and they are not very flexible.

        Tamarind Bay
        75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

        Sichuan Gourmet
        1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

        Golden Garden
        63 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478

      2. re: cambridgedoctpr
        Gabatta Nov 7, 2010 01:09 PM

        The only two of those places which meet the OPs geographic criteria are Coppa and Clio/Uni.

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        redelephant Nov 7, 2010 06:07 AM

        I think this thread by a NYC visitor hit some good spots (flour and mike and pattys for casual lunches, craigie, drink), although personally I would say that either B&G or Neptune would suffice for the raw bar type place and I wouldn't go to both unless I really really wanted oysters, and I would try to get Troquet or No. 9 or Menton or o ya in there to class things up a bit.


        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

        1. chefematician Nov 7, 2010 06:52 AM

          I like Toro and Hameresley's. The former for lovely tapas and the latter for well-executed bistro fare. Toro has a bit more of a hip vibe, if that's really important to you.

          I hear that Coppa is nice (same owner as Toro) but I haven't tried it yet.

          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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          1. re: chefematician
            BostonZest Nov 7, 2010 07:23 AM

            Love Hamersley's Bistro -- do get the lemon garlic chicken- I find myself craving that dish when I've been away too long. They work hard on the wine list and have a lot of things I don't see everywhere. The staff is also well-versed in their wines.

            My husband and I like Toro and love Coppa. If we only had limited time, we might nibble a bit at both. Coppa had a roasted cauliflower pizza that was fabulous the last time we were in.


            1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

            Hamersley's Bistro
            553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

            253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

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            pamela18 Nov 12, 2010 11:19 AM

            Thanks all for the recommendations!!!!

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            1. re: pamela18
              trueblu Nov 12, 2010 04:52 PM

              do report back on how you got along. It's always good to get feedback on hits and misses.


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