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May 17, 2011 03:14 AM

cozy quiet lunch in charlestown?

I'm having a long, catch-up lunch with an old friend...logistics make it seem like Charlestown's our best bet. Any suggestions? Not too expensive (ca $15)...not too noisy (I'm thinking booths?)...and more on the warm side (both atmosphere and temperature...I hate being cold and apparently the weather will continue to make it feel like the middle of March.) Thanks!

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  1. It's not a Chowish place, but if you don't mind a chain, the 99 fits your price point and has booths. I really like their steak tips. Also Figs for pizza, but haven't been there in ages, so can't speak for the $ or atmosphere.

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    1. re: pasuga

      Yeah, my first reaction was no such place in Charlestown for lunch. I had forgotten about Figs so I went to Couldn't find any info about whether it's open for lunch although the site says they deliver for lunch. I called the number and got no answer or message after 15 rings.

      Food's not great by any means, but Tavern on the Water has a great view and if it's not a sunny day you might be able to get a quiet-ish spot outside of the bar. Warren Tavern...again, not great food, but the ambience is nice and you might be able to get a quiet corner table and if it's cool, the fireplace might be lit. There's also Max and Dylan's...but I know nothing about it.

    2. That's a tough one. I don't hate Max & Dylan's, but it can get rather loud (though probably not an issue at lunch). It's definitely a step up food wise from the 99. Also agree on the Warren Tavern.

      Warren Tavern Restaurant
      2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA 02129

      Max & Dylan's
      15 West St, Boston, MA 02111

      1. Figs would fit temperature and price requirements. I've been there for lunch on a weekday, but that was back in the fall so I'm not sure if they are always open for lunch.

        There is also the new Grasshopper Cafe, which is on Bunker Hill st (not in the Navy Yard). It's kind of like a bright and non-greasy diner - breakfast and lunch only. I can't vouch for lunch but breakfast is good and it's fairly cozy and definitely in your price range.

        On Main St there is Chow Thai for Thai food.

        Max and Dylan's is not cozy and it's owned by the Tavern on the Water people so I'm betting the food is not good.

        Chow Thai Cafe
        187 Main St, Charlestown, MA 02129

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        1. re: STL BOS

          Thanks so much, everyone, those are all great suggestions. I think I'll check out Tavern on the Water, and if it's chilly, the Warren Tavern w. fireplace sounds good (this was the suggestion on Tiptap also). Grasshopper Cafe might be fun to explore. I'll post a review of whichever we choose.

          Warren Tavern Restaurant
          2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA 02129

          1. re: yesido

            friends from out of town were thrilled when i took them to the warren and explained about grand master paul Revere leading the masonic meetings there and Washington going for "refreshment" while meeting with benjamin frothingham.
            i had totally forgotten that its revelatory that these people actually existed.
            after you have been mugged in the south end across from where the battlements were erected to keep the british from being resupplied, history does not seem so precious.
            the food was immaterial to my friends.

        2. Tavern at The End of The World near Sullivan square doesn't look like much from the Outside but has great food and is warm and cozy inside. The prosciutto, blue cheese and fig panini is delicious, and I've heard good things about the lamb burger, steak tips and fish and chips as well.