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May 31, 2011 09:03 AM

Need recommendation for Friday night dinner-THIS WEEK

Great Food
Very Good to Great Service
Good Wine List
Near Hilton Boston Logan
$$$ - $$$$
NO fancy dress code-business casual okay



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  1. Do you mind taking a cab from the airport into town? $15-20 each way.

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      1. re: pvillanova

        606 Congress Street, in the Renaissance Hotel, got nice reviews in the Globe a few weeks ago: haven't been but it is in the waterfront district and a short cab hop and I believe has your requested view. Coming further into town, I love Erbaluce for it's unique take on Northern Italian. But no view.

        69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

    1. I would suggest either Eastern Standard or Island Creek Oyster Bar. Both are in Kenmore Sq. No views but great food and atmosphere. Reservations required

      Eastern Standard
      528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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

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      1. re: RoyRon

        While good suggestions, the OP should be warned that Kenmore Square is more than a $15-20 cab ride from the airport Hilton.

      2. Merton.
        Boston Globe food critic recently reviewed it in full state of genuflection:

        Now, getting IN will be another feat.

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        1. re: opinionatedchef

          Wow. They were really gushing over that meal. Sounds a little too high end for this trip, but I will keep it in mind for another time.

          I love Eastern Standard and I've heard a lot of good things about ICOB, will check them out. As well as 606 Congress St. We're doing the North End the next day, will check out Erbaluce. Thanks for your suggestions!

          Eastern Standard
          528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

          1. re: pvillanova

            I know Legal Seafood gets mixed sentiment on this board, but has anyone been to the new Legal Harborside ? Might work for the OP's requirements. I think it's easy to find very good to excellent stuff on their menu. Raw bar is always excellent, for example.
            The harborside site looks to be gorgeous.

            1. re: justbeingpolite

              I was there last night for the first time and definitely recommend it. The menu has a section for small bites, which is just the kind of thing I prefer (although that aspect may not be exactly what the OP has in mind, but they also have traditional menu). The seating on the first floor seems strange at first, but it's designed to optimize the view. Keep going past the long raw bar fronted by tall glass windows facing the oyster shuckers to the circular bar that faces the incredible harbor view. And on the right around the corner is additional raw bar seating, also facing the water. For the OP's purposes, there are plenty of tables, many of them right outside on the balcony. I'm reluctant to talk it up too much, but I think it's going to be a huge hit; finding a decent seafood place on the Boston waterfront has been well-neigh impossible 'til now. But the good thing is that many on this board aren't fans of Legals, which works for me!

              I ordered the smoked bluefish, which as hoped was a small cup of their pate -- I haven't been able to find it in any of their restaurants anymore -- with toasted pita for $2.95. They have different size options; that's the smallest and it was plenty as it's rich. Also got the gravlax on 2 toasted baguette with cream cheese and topped with a sprig of dill for $6.95. These with a glass of muscadet, the ocean breezes and wide open harbor was fantastic and I expect I'll be spending a lot of time there this summer.

              Here's the website, with link to the menu which is different from their other locations:

            2. re: pvillanova

              sounds like you're visiting. Welcome! Check out the North End section of this:

              Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:


          2. I'd suggest Troquet.

            140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116