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Mid-price choices near Lenox hotel?


I'm going to visit Boston for a few days and I'm staying at the Lenox hotel. There will be 5 or 6 of us, some are post-grad students and we will not have a car.

Please help me with
1) tasty local favorite spot on the cheaper side - I'm thinking either a steakhouse or some kind of gastro pub, should serve general american cuisine. It also should have decent coctails or a good micro-brewery. No ethnic choices please, as we are a diverse group of fussy eaters :-)

2) the best lobster rolls, lobster in general and other seafood (not oysters, I hate those) for whatever you would consider a decent price. (I'm from Czech Republic, so lobster here costs about twice its weight in gold so I wouldn't know about a fair price in Boston).

I have done some reading of this forum but somehow I couldn't make head or tail of it and I'm sort of confused with the neighbourhoods of Boston. So please please guys, help me!
Thanks very much!

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  1. a couple of stops on the green line subway is Kenmore Square (or 15 min walk). In Kenmore Square, Island Creek Oyster Bar (lobster roll etc) and Eastern Standard will provide mid priced diverse American food for you. Not sure of your price range, but steak houses tend to be pricey here ($50 per person).

    Eastern Standard
    528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

    Island Creek Oysters
    296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

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    1. re: gourmaniac

      I second Island Creek Oyster Bar for seafood (I notice you hate oysters, but there are plenty of other seafood choices there!). Atlantic Fish Company (entrees $20-30) and Turner Fisheries (entrees $25-35) are also pretty close to you.

      My experiences at Eastern Standard and Boston Beer Works have never been great. There are better options out there for American food.


    2. if you like Asian food, then you will not that far from Chinatown or Sichuan Gourmet in Brookline - on the Green Line.

      You should consider Neptune for lobster or get it in Chinatown.

      Sichuan Gourmet
      1004 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

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      1. re: cambridgedoctpr

        I think Chinese might be ethnic ;-)

        I think ICOB and ES are good rec's

        There is a brewery called The Boston Beer Works about a block past those places, across from Fenway Park, but it is not exactly loved here on Chowhound. Still reasonably decent burgers and OK beer.

        Atlantic Fish might have lobster rolls

        Jump on the subway and hit Silvertone or Marliave, perhaps

        69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

        10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

        Boston Beer Works
        61 Brookline Ave Ste 2, Boston, MA 02215

        Fenway Park
        82 Lansdowne Street, Boston, MA 02215

      2. Summer Shack is up the street off of Boylston on Dalton St. It's a casual seafood place.

        1. Lobster rolls:
          James Hook $11.99: http://www.jameshooklobster.com/
          Island Creek Oyster Bar $19.00(& seafood in gen'l): http://boston.menupages.com/restauran...
          Summer Shack $20.00: http://www.summershackrestaurant.com/
          Neptune Oyster(hot or cold): $25.00: http://www.neptuneoyster.com/
          Legal Seafood Prudential or Copley "Market Price": http://www.legalseafoods.com/restaura...

          Most folks would probably rate Neptune as #1. Summer Shack & Legal are closest. Hook's is a lobster/seafood company & the most "in the rough".

          Summer Shack
          310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

          Island Creek Oysters
          296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

          1. Coda would be perfect for category #1 - American cuisine, modestly priced, solid beer and cocktails, walkable from the Lenox.

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            1. re: robwat36

              Second Coda. It's four blocks away.


              329 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

            2. Thank goodness for wiki they do a pretty good description of the neighborhoods, since you don't have a car it seems like you should stay in easy reach of the public transportation that we call the T. Looks like you got some good recommendations here, have a great visit.
              I know you said not ethnic but one of the cheapest steamed or chinese version lobster you will get is in Chinatown.
              What time are you going to be in Boston?? The market rate for lobsters will be highest now until May- June and will be cheaper summer thru the late fall. Still hopefully cheaper than back home. Seems like the wholesale price is $11-15 per pound so figure on 2-3x mark up for eating at the restaurant

              1. 5 Napkin Burger is opening any minute now (says February, 2011) at the Prudential Center, which is steps from the Lenox. Great drinks, great sandwiches and salads, very reasonably priced.

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                1. re: L2k

                  Most people would not consider 5 Napkin Burger to be "very reasonably priced." In their NYC location, they charge $15 (and up) for a burger and fries. Note that it's a very good burger and fries, and I'm not saying that it's not worth $15 (it is), but better to be up front with what it costs.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    Agreed, $15 for a burger is alot. But nothing on the menu is over $20, which makes the restaurant "reasonably priced". And it's got great atmosphere (at least the Midtown one does), it's in the neighborhood and answers the other requirements.

                    And it might be a buck or two less in Boston than in New York.