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I'd like to know about any good lunchtime places for quiet conversation in or around Central Square, preferably with booths (but not a requirement). They can be lunch, or coffee. Thanks.

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  1. Central Kitchen does a good quiet lunch.

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    Central Kitchen
    567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

    1. I like Mariposa. You can do lunch or coffee there. It's usually been quiet when I've been there, despite high ceilings and hard surfaces, and I've enjoyed the food I've had.

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      1. re: stomachofsteel

        Maybe better for a pastry and coffee, but the few times I've been there for lunch, you get either ok service or a ridiculous wait because 5 staff members somehow can't manage to crank out a salad or a sandwich faster than 30 minutes apart.

        1. re: kobuta

          The Brookline Lunch has nice old-timey booths, and it's quiet (except on weekends, when it's an absolute zoo.)

          I've never had lunch food there, only breakfast (which you can get at lunch time). Fine eggs, strange eclectic home fries with various vegetables and sometimes a mint spring. The last ime I was there, surprisingly good coffee.

          1. re: kobuta

            It's true, the service at Mariposa can leave something to be desired.

            1. re: stomachofsteel

              Sometimes it takes them over fifteen minutes just to toast a bagel, and then it comes out very very pale. They claim their toaster is somehow deficient and takes longer than other toasters.

        2. Thanks again. I've been to Mariposa. They have good food but you're totally exposed, conversation-wise, to other people. I've never been to Central Kitchen but that sounds the most promising so far.

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          Central Kitchen
          567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

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          1. re: Mochi Hada

            I love lunch at Central Kitchen but tables are close to each other, so private conversation might be tough. How about Life Alive (downstairs)? You can easily have a quiet conversation at Mulan or Rangzen if you go early (before noon). Baraka Cafe has been quiet at lunch the last couple of times I've been. Andala might be another option. None of these places have booths. Oh, I've never been to Cafe Luna - how's that place for a quiet lunch? I hate to mention Asgard or Tavern in the Square, but you can easily have private conversations in both places. Food leaves something to be desired, of course.

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            Baraka Cafe
            80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139

            Central Kitchen
            567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139