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My colleagues and I will be at a convention at Hynes, staying at Sheraton Back Bay. We are looking for places for dinner that are interesting; not chains, not tourist-driven, not more famous than good. A young chef with ambition? A mixologist with interesting ideas? Fun, not pretentious and with a local food emphasis. Cutting edge is great, but so is an old classic, well done. A tasting menu or great appetizers that can form the basis of a tasting menu would be appreciated. We will probably have neither the time nor the organizational skills to muster cabs or public transportation, so would prefer restaurants we can walk to. Any thoughts? Our traveling pack of colleagues have enjoyed Poole's Diner in Raleigh, NC, Le Pigeon in Portland, OR, Riojas in Denver, Animal in LA, and Green Goddess in NOLA. Thanks, hounds!

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  1. A 10 min walk brings you to Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster in Kenmore Sq. Towne in the Hynes is decent and fun. Sel de la Terre next door is fine and has cheap sliders on Mon. after work. Coda on Columbus Ave. has entrees <$20 in a casual environment and the same owners own the Salty Pig by Copley Place for charcuterie. Chili Duck across from the Hynes is good Thai. Petit Robert Bistro for French on Columbus Ave., gets varying support on the board.

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    Eastern Standard
    528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

    Petit Robert Bistro
    468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215

    Sel de la Terre
    774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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

    1. Chowhounding at Hynes

      For when you do further CH searches, the area where you are staying is called the Back Bay.You are a few blocks from Copley Sq. and somewhat close to the South End. Cab or longer walk would take you to other city areas. Here are some threads from some recent visitors who stayed in your area:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/797344

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/710330

      Based on your description, i would steer you to these, and suggest you google their menus to see what appeals:
      Sonsie, Newbury St.- Trendy Euro set; creative American
      Sel de la Terre- French
      Erbaluce- artisinal Piedmontese
      Toro - trad and creative tapas
      Island Creek Oyster Bar- exc. seafood but may be longer walk

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      Toro
      1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

      Sel de la Terre
      774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

      Erbaluce
      69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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

      1. Brasserie Jo is right across the street

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        Brasserie Jo
        120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          ah yes. good catch. alot of CHs like that place.

        2. Thanks for the suggestions--what about a great bar with a good mixologist?

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          1. re: coffeebrownies

            Eastern Standard.

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            Eastern Standard
            528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

            1. re: coffeebrownies

              Clio is the closest. Todd Maul does amazing work with classical mixology as well as molecular mixology. The food is highly rated as well (but not cheap).

              I second Eastern Standard, and the neighboring Island Creek Oyster Bar is run by the same bar manager, Jackson Cannon. A little further away is the Citizen Pub and Oyster Bar which touts an impressive whiskey list and decent cocktails.

              Depending on how far you're willing to travel, there are other recommendations.

              http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/

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              Eastern Standard
              528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

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

              1. re: yarm

                So if we have one dinner out--it sounds like all things considered, we should go for Island Creek Oyster Bar. Do you think they could accomodate a large group on a weeknight?

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

                1. re: coffeebrownies

                  yes. big space. just make a reservation to be sure.