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It's my birthday and I'll eat if I want to...give me your best reccys!

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NCetr Nov 13, 2010 03:56 PM

Hello hounds,

Hubby and I are headed for your fair city next weekend to celebrate my XXth birthday. I'd love to spend Friday night at a fun and fabulous Boston restaurant and Saturday night doing a bit more fine dining. During the day Friday and Saturday we are open to all tastes.

We like all kinds of food and we aren't restricted by budget.

I know this is a pretty typical question so thanks for your patience. I am going through old posts trying to get your best suggestions.

Many thanks,

Durham (NC) girl aka NCetr

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    NCetr RE: NCetr Nov 13, 2010 03:59 PM

    Fyi we are staying at The Lenox Hotel.

    1. enhF94 RE: NCetr Nov 13, 2010 04:42 PM

      Welcome to Boston! Our board is very active, so searches will help you quite a bit.

      Fairly near the Lenox, I'm guessing you're likely to get recommendations to...

      L'Espalier
      Upper Crust (currently having a labor dispute, which may or may not factor in)
      Sorellina

      as well as exhortations to avoid...
      the three restaurants named above (hey, the board's a riot with cheese)
      Papa Razzi
      Stephanie's on Newbury

      I'm not an expert on this area of town; just starting things off (since you promised to continue researching on your own).

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      L'Espalier
      774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

      Sorellina
      1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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        NCetr RE: enhF94 Nov 14, 2010 08:44 AM

        For dinner Friday night, was originally leaning toward Legal Seafood, since it is a Boston institution and my husband hasn't eaten there. The, I saw the many posts for Island Creek Oyster Bar and thought we'd go there instead.

        For Saturday night, have looked at No. 9, Clio and Craigie, and just looked at Sorellina and L'Espalier. Am leaning toward No 9/Sorellina based on menus but honestly they all look tempting.

        I haven't even contemplated lunch Fri-Sat and breakfast Sat. morning.

        Any discussion on the above?

        Thanks.

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        L'Espalier
        774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

        Sorellina
        1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

        Island Creek Oyster Bar
        500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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          hckybg RE: NCetr Nov 14, 2010 04:26 PM

          For lunch on Friday or Saturday you should definitely go to Galleria Umberto in the North End, for one of Boston's best slices and many other Sicilian options. They open at 11:30, you shouldn't go there too much after as they stop selling when they run out (sometime in the 12-1 window is usually safe though). You order at a counter, bring it to a table. Many visitors miss it, much to locals' delight! But I'll tell you because it's your birthday.

          For Friday night, in conjunction with Island Creek you might consider the nearby Eastern Standard, one of Boston's best cocktail bars (with great food as well).

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          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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            Pia RE: hckybg Nov 15, 2010 08:38 AM

            Personally, I think Galleria Umberto is a very Bostonian experience, and it's cheap, but I don't think the food is anything to write home about. But if you're doing it just for fun, sure, stand on line for twenty minutes and get a slice, and then wander around the North End.

            I haven't been to Island Creek Oyster Bar, but I've heard good things about it and I wouldn't think of Legal Seafood as a special dinner even though it is a New England institution.

            All your choices for Saturday night are great, as is Scampo. Can't go wrong. Another place that should be on your radar is Hamersley's Bistro. If you're still around late Sunday morning, they have brunch too. The Craigie Street brunch is also reported to be great.

            For a casual but delicious breakfast or lunch sandwich, go to Mike and Patty's. It's about a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

            Also, I know it's a little touristy, but I really do like Top of the Hub for drinks and appetizers. Can't beat the view, and it's close by. They have live music in the evenings too.

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

            Scampo
            215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

            Island Creek Oyster Bar
            500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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              hckybg RE: Pia Nov 15, 2010 09:40 AM

              I definitely think GU is worth writing home about ;). My favorite Sicilian slice in the city, and pretty good arancini too. I do like the total experience but I also think the food merits its many praises.

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                FeastNut2008 RE: Pia Nov 16, 2010 04:07 PM

                If you decide on Top of the Hub, plan on getting the cookie platter for dessert. Some of the best cookies ever--warm, fresh from the oven, and a view to die for.

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

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                  twentyoystahs RE: Pia Nov 19, 2010 11:49 AM

                  I second Pia, Galleria Umberto is good, but as a visitor to the city there are other spots I'd go to first. (Like, for instance, the original Pizzeria Regina in that neighborhood)
                  I think Scampo is a great choice. Sort of a notch below (at least in terms of casual ambiance) No 9 and Craigie though personally more my type of place. Love the food there and just an all around good experience, i think.

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                  Scampo
                  215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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                pemma RE: NCetr Nov 15, 2010 11:01 AM

                For lunch Neptune Oyster would be a good choice. Excellent fresh seafood. It is small and they don't take reservations so an early or late lunch might avoid much of a wait. A great choice in the warm lobster roll. It is swimming in butter. However, I have heard that you can leave and wander around the North End and they will call you on your cell when ready.

                Another lunch choice could be Regina Pizza in the North End. This is an old local favorite. Pizza is bake in brick oven. Really good pizza. There could be a wait there, too.

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                Neptune Oyster
                63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

                Regina Pizza
                44 Station Landing, Medford, MA 02155

            2. gansu girl RE: NCetr Nov 14, 2010 04:05 PM

              I'm going to throw out a rec for Scampo - it's fun, it's fabulous, and it's Lydia Shire - a Boston institution in her own right . . . food is superb, room is great - can you tell I'm just a huge fan? It's where I'd take an out-of-town guest, for sure.

              GG
              http://www.semisweetonline.com

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              Scampo
              215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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                Bob Dobalina RE: gansu girl Nov 15, 2010 08:59 AM

                Obligatory Eastern Standard and Toro recommendations. Actually, a good pairing might be drinks at ES (either before or after) and Island Creek is right next door (again parroting other CH advice).

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                Eastern Standard
                528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

                Toro
                1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

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                  SOBoston RE: gansu girl Nov 16, 2010 09:50 AM

                  Second Scampo. Plus, you can continue celebrating even after dinner is over.

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                  Scampo
                  215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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                    twentyoystahs RE: SOBoston Nov 19, 2010 11:49 AM

                    Third Scampo! Or is it fourth? ;)

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                    Scampo
                    215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

                2. PinchOfSalt RE: NCetr Nov 15, 2010 09:13 AM

                  Now that you have had a couple of days to go through old posts, do you have any additional places that you are thinking about?

                  Honestly, there are lots of places to get a nice meal in Boston, and there are definitely some favorite here on the CH Boston board that get recommended quite regularly. You have cast a broad net that is most likely going to get you the same recommendations that everyone who asks similar questions receives. Asking specific questions about menus, or for comparisons between restaurants (as you have for some of your choices) will do more to help you narrow your choices.

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                    NCetr RE: PinchOfSalt Nov 19, 2010 09:28 AM

                    Wow, thanks everybody. I've been working in Cambridge this week without much time to look at the board.

                    I ate at Hamersley's last night -- the food was wonderful. Started with a pumpkin soup with a dollop of blue cheese in the middle (a pairing that never occurred to me), had ossu buco that was falling off the bone for a main and then had an apple tart for dinner. Waddled out the door after!

                    We ate lunch today the Flour Bakery and Cafe near Central Square. Ok salad and a very good choc chip cookie.

                    Tonight we are definitely on for Island Creek. I had seen Mike and Patty's and thought we might go there for lunch tomorrow. Scampo is looking like a good choice for dinner tomorrow night!

                    Thanks again for the suggestions, I know my post duplicates others so your time is most appreciated. I'll let you know about tomorrow night!

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                    Flour Bakery + Cafe
                    12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

                    Scampo
                    215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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