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hopegoode Sep 6, 2011 03:01 PM

NYC Chowounds coming in for matinee but must stay near airport for morning departure. We love fish and seafood and are open to suggestions for dinner- about $125 with wine. We love all ethnic foods and all fish and shellfish dishes, including lobster. Does the West End make sense for Italian fish preparation? Should we search for a Legal Seafood en route?

  1. Alcachofa Sep 7, 2011 01:11 PM

    You're probably looking for a fancy place with that budget, but you should consider RIncon Limeno, in East Boston, near Revere. Peruvian place with LOTS of seafood options. It is actually better than most places which would charge $125, though the decor and location is nothing to write home about.

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    Rincon Limeno
    409 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

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      hopegoode Sep 7, 2011 02:20 PM

      Yes, we are seeing Porgy and Bess. Not sure when the show ends but we are fine eating around Cambridge or going to another area with our car. Are any of those Cambridge recs in walking distance of the theater? That would be helpful as I suppose we need to garage our car for the performance any way.

      We'd prefer a place that accepts reservations but if you think there would not be a long line at Island Creek, we'd not be adverse to an early dinner.We will check into the hotel after dining so we can take advantage of your suggestions.

      Thanks for all your help!

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        opinionatedchef Sep 7, 2011 10:07 PM

        hope, depending on what day of the week you are coming, you may find on street parking, or you may want to park under the charles river hotel or in the pkg garage behind it. I would suggest reservations- wherever you decide to eat. Ten Tables is a 15 min. walk from ART and very good, though not the best food we have to offer.The walk is one of Boston's best for historic architecture, up Brattle St and down Craigie, and Harv Sq has many opportunities for cafes and window shopping beforhand. Steps away from ART are The Harvest and Casablanca Restnts, both Harv Sq institutions and v. good; the latter more bistro like. A 15 min drive from ART, still in the direction of the airport, is Oleana, a CH fav for Turkish/Mediterranean food by one of our most celebrated female chefs. and they have a lovely patio.I notice you came in sept., but i didn't see a report from you so don't know if you tried Isl Crk Oyster Bar, but that is certainly a fav CH spot, in Boston, and you could tour up and down Comm Ave, Newbury St., Marlborough and Beacon Streets, the center of our handsome historic Back Bay. Do let us know where you end up, and hope it's wonderful.

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        Ten Tables
        597 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

        Oleana
        134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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          cambridgedoctpr Sep 8, 2011 02:30 PM

          Harvard Square is a 10 minute walk from ART; I like Rialto which is high end Italian with a good wine list or Tamarind Bay high end Indian. I am in the minority though I really like Rialto's regional dinners. The room is very attractive; you could eat in Central Square and take the red line to Harvard Square; the choices include Craigie on Main and Rendezvous and a number of good ethnic choices.

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          Tamarind Bay
          75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Craigie on Main
          853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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            opinionatedchef Sep 8, 2011 11:52 PM

            is that a typo, dr.?A.R.T. is in the Loeb theater on Brattle St., IN harvard sq, not a 10 min. walk away. Also, of your recs, don't you think rialto and craigie would be difficult to do on their preferred budget?

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        chuck s Sep 7, 2011 12:26 PM

        East Coast Grill in Inman Square, Cambridge, about 1 1/2 miles from ART. Great grilled fish and shellfish. If you want the North End, go to Neptune Oyster. That should take care of your shelfish cravings.

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        Neptune Oyster
        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

        East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
        1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

        1. opinionatedchef Sep 7, 2011 01:31 AM

          plse tell us timing and is the play at the ART? when does the play let out and when do you want to be back to your hotel? and are you having lunch before the play? it seems that you may have time to walk around a bit before dinner?( that will affect my suggestions. both harvard square and boston have lovely areas to explore before dinner.)

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            pasuga Sep 6, 2011 07:00 PM

            Check out the online menus and Chowhound threads for Neptune Oyster in the North End and Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore Square - both get raves here although different atmospheres. You don't say how large your group is - Neptune is tiny and they don't take reservations. If you're a party of 2-4 and going directly from the matinee to the restaurant you shouldn't have too long a wait.

            Someone on a recent thread mentioned Mare in the North End for Italian seafood. I've never eaten there but their menu made me want to jump in a cab and go.

            Are you coming in to see "Porgy and Bess?"

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            Neptune Oyster
            63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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

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              CookieLee Sep 6, 2011 05:36 PM

              Hi, I think you mean the North End. If you do a search of the North End, and one of Cambridge, you'll find lots of places. Are you cabbing around town? There are many restaurants to choose from before resorting to Legal, which is overpriced and touristy.

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                Small Plates Sep 7, 2011 10:24 AM

                Agreed. If you are taking the USAir shuttle, you can stop at Legal C Bar at Terminal B at Logan, and there is a Legal Seafoods at Terminal C. Chowder and oysters for the ride home - that'll cover the Legal Experience adequately.

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                  Blumie Sep 7, 2011 12:00 PM

                  DO NOT waste a meal by eating at the airport, especially at an airport Legal's.

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                    Small Plates Sep 7, 2011 01:32 PM

                    I disagree. It is a good option if you want to relax and be waited on - sitting at the bar. The chowder is good, the raw bar is fine. (An aside: the Legal at DCA is far superior in service, and I prefer it over Logan.) But I still say that it is a nice chowder, glass of wine, 1/2 dz oysters repast if you are waiting for a plane. AND if you are bent on getting to Legal, it is an economy of dining hours to use the wait time at the airport on Legal.

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                    LeoLioness Sep 7, 2011 12:02 PM

                    "The Legal experience" is highly overrated.

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