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Aug 28, 2011 06:20 PM

Haven't been to Boston in 20 years. Need help!!!

My partner & I are coming to Boston for a 2 day CME program. We are staying at the Ritz & the workshop is at the Hilton Back Bay. I don't have a clue where to eat. We love most food. Would like to take him to an old Italian kind of place followed by desert somewhere. Would also love just something really good. Will travel. Price not important.

His brother recommended Troquet & Pigalle. What do you think? Also, what about Rino's for the Italian. Was also considering Island Creek Oyster Bar as we love oysters.

Would appreciate any suggestions. Also, can you recommend a fun Irish bar? We also love to drink!!!

Thanks everyone!

75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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

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  1. Reading the board will probably be the best resource for you - it's very active and it will help you narrow your choices.
    You will only hear good things about ICOB here - Also, Neptune Oyster in the North End.
    Pigalle has been getting some thumbs down of late - do a board search for more details.
    Troquet usually gets a mention because of the wine, but not so much for the chow.
    If you haven't been in Boston for 20 years, you should consider places operated by Ken Oringer or Barbara Lynch - google that for more. Also consider dining in Cambridge - lots of great chow on the other side of the river that did not exist 20 years ago.

    1. All recs are pretty good. Here's my take:
      Rino's-If you can get in, Yes. For Italian I'd go to Via Matta.
      Fun Irish Bar-Not my thing. I'm sure someone will come up with one.
      Enjoy Your Stay,

      Via Matta
      79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

      1. It's funny, in my early 20's I worked in Boston for about 5 years, and I hated the commute so when I started working in Quincy I went close to 30 years without going back in town!! My first trip back, I went to Regina's for pizza as it was the site of my very first date. Loved that it really had not changed that much and the pizza is still good. Now, I'm a frequent visitor, the Redline is so convenient. Troquet is a great spot for wine and I enjoy it more as a stop for wine and cheese rather than dinner. Neptune is my stop for fried clams or oysters; Artu in the North End for shrimp scampi pizza; the bar at Oceana at Long Wharf when I want a quiet spot with good drinks, munchies and a view. It really depends on whether you want; to revisit old memories or make new. Kinsale is a popular Irish bar and the Irish Bars near Faneuil Hall can be hoppin and a good spot for a drink. For a little more upscale and underappreciated North 26 at the Millenium Hotel by Fanueil Hall is quite good. Chinatown is always an adventure, try Q or Shabu Zen for hot pot or Penang for Malyasian. Boston has so much to offer

        Shabu Zen
        16 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        North 26 Restaurant & Bar
        26 North Street, Boston, MA 02109