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BEST brunch in Boston?

Hi all

I am trying to find the spot for the best brunch in Boston. I am looking for a spot with great food, and an atmosphere conducive to conversation. My companion is staying in downtown Boston and I don't want to make them cross the river to Cambridge so Im looking for places in Boston proper. I've heard recs for Clink, and Eastern Standard. Anything else that's missed there? Anyone been to the jazz brunch at 75 Chestnut? Is it noisy and rowdy?

Thanks in advance- Im in a pickle!

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Eastern Standard
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

75 Chestnut
75 Chestnut St, Boston, MA 02108

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  1. Clink was not good - was there last month.

    1. I don't know if it is the best but I've always enjoyed Aquitaine's brunch. Although I haven't been to any of the places you mentioned for brunch for comparison.

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      1. re: redelephant

        I've had the Aquitaine brunch at the Chestnut Hill location and really liked it. Very affordable. Good bloody marys. I enjoyed the potato latke with smoked salmon and a poached egg. I'm sure the South End location would also be good.

        I have also enjoyed the brunch at Orinoco in Brookline and again, I think the South End location would be similar. Great coffee... however the big platters while delicious are pretty heavy. I usually walk to the Brookline location (2 miles from my house) and even with the walk home I'm still feeling uber-lethargic afterwards.

      2. Best brunch in recent memory...Mistral. Sunday only though. Within walking distance of Downtown, I would recommend Market by Jean Georges.

        1. Had a great brunch about six months back (prix fix) at Top of the Hub. Great food and views for an out of towner.

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          Top of the Hub
          800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02199

          1. I realize you've ruled out Cambridge, but the brunch at Craigie on Main is so head-and-shoulders above that it's worth a ten-minute cab ride or a couple stops on the red line. Depending on where your friend is staying, Craigie might actually be closer to their hotel than Eastern Standard (which also does terrific brunch).

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            1. re: robwat36

              the red line stops in central square - even though cambridge was ruled out by the OP

            2. How about Hamersley's Bistro. It's a nice walk from most areas in downtown Boston, the food is fabulous and you will be able to enjoy your conversation. It is a gracious place.

              Penny
              http://www.bostonzest.com/

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

              1. For Boston proper, Hammersley's does a good brunch. I don't like the Aquitaine brunch: not very special at all. But as has already been said, Craigie is by far the best.
                Brunch at XV Beacon is pricey but pretty damn good (not as good as Craigie).

                tb

                1. We had a really fun/nice brunch at The Beehive. The food at Mistral (brunch) is superior but the jazz/food combo at The Beehive was great.