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tobytlk Nov 8, 2011 06:19 PM

Looking for a place to have a light dinner before the ballet. Looking for someplace other than Chinatown.

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    teezeetoo RE: tobytlk Nov 8, 2011 07:27 PM

    Bina Osteria is right down the block and might do. check their menu on line. we went when it had it's first chef and loved it. we went once since they changed chefs and directions and it was only ok, but it isn't a bad option if you want to be near the opera house. Penang is about two blocks away and is quite good but only if you're in the mood for malaysian food.

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    Bina Osteria
    581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

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      purple bot RE: teezeetoo Nov 29, 2012 10:41 AM

      EDIT: Didn't realize this thread was more than a year old! I was responding to the OP, who obviously figured out where to go by now. Don't think the answer really applies to the person that revived the thread...

      Unfortunately Bina Osteria closed last spring (of '11). Sip Wine Bar & Kitchen is there now, I've heard mixed reviews. Personally if I wasn't feeling like Asian food I'd probably hit Teatro, or, make the walk up to No.9 Park for a spot at the bar.

    2. opinionatedchef RE: tobytlk Nov 8, 2011 09:47 PM

      often lauded Teatro and others nearby:
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/765279

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      Teatro
      177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

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        Gordough RE: opinionatedchef Nov 9, 2011 05:28 AM

        I second Teatro. You could also walk up Washington St. a bit (maybe 3 blocks) to Bromfield Street where you will find Silvertone and Mariliave. I also like Kingston Station on Kingston St. which is a 3-4 min walk from the Opera House. Their truffle fries with Gruyere cheese are excellent.

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        Teatro
        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Silvertone
        69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

        Kingston Station
        25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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        dulce de leche RE: tobytlk Nov 9, 2011 08:12 AM

        Am interested, too. It's not a neighborhood I know, and we'll have a large group including kids.

        I would appreciate more recommendations, more on the lines of Kingston Station than Bina or Teatro. And not Chinatown.

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        Teatro
        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Kingston Station
        25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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          dulce de leche RE: dulce de leche Nov 28, 2011 01:06 PM

          Just bumping this thread up. Our friend who will likely dive to grab the bill is suggesting a steak house--which maybe suggests KO Prime, which looks very nearby, but we've got a four year old. Is there something that would be at a somewhat lower price point but also serve a nice steak and a good wine list preferably in walking distance from the Opera House?

          Bina might work, it looks like there is a skirt steak and ribeye on the menu and I know that space would work for the family and my kids would like the food. If anyone who knows something about wine could take a look at the Bina winelist and comment on whether they think it's good? This friend likes his French reds.

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          KO Prime
          90 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

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            Alcachofa RE: dulce de leche Nov 28, 2011 01:23 PM

            It really sounds like Kingston Station would work well for you. Did you not like the menu? There is also usually at least one meat entree special, not on the menu.

            For French reds, I'd imagine that Bistro Petit Robert Central would have a good selection. But if meats are more important, I'd go with Kingston Station.

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            Kingston Station
            25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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              dulce de leche RE: Alcachofa Nov 28, 2011 01:34 PM

              Thanks. I have a reservation at Kingston Station, actually!

              Just looking at options to elevate it a little bit, as some of the group seems to want to splash out more than I thought. I also don't generally attend to the wine list since I always drink cocktails. ;)

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              Kingston Station
              25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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                Niblet RE: dulce de leche Nov 28, 2011 02:09 PM

                I love the steak frites at Kingston Station. Just had it again last week in fact. The truffle aioli that they serve on the side for fries (also good on the steak) is addictive.

                And I've also gone there with my little nieces (4-9 yrs old); they love the sliders and the staff is so cute with them.

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                Kingston Station
                25 Kingston St, Boston, MA 02111

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                jajjguy RE: Alcachofa Nov 28, 2011 01:53 PM

                Erbaluce is just a few blocks further. Great Italian wine list, with known heavy hitters and obscure wonders. Between the cafe/bar area and the dining room, there ought to be a good table for the grownups and kid alike. It's not a steakhouse, but there is plenty of good meat.

                Bina's french wine selection is quite respectable, not dazzling.

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                Erbaluce
                69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                  dulce de leche RE: jajjguy Nov 28, 2011 01:55 PM

                  thanks! very helpful.

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            beantown_25 RE: tobytlk Nov 9, 2011 08:21 AM

            My mom and I had dinner at Max and Dylan's before seeing the ballet last weekend. It's right around the corner, reasonably priced, and we both really enjoyed our seafood entrees and a nice Malbec after splitting the shrimp dumpling appetizer, which was also great. The place is apparently known for their mac and cheese, with a bunch of varieties on the menu. Very cozy/intimate atmosphere, though there are a couple of TVs (which I find distracting).

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              tobytlk RE: tobytlk Nov 29, 2011 05:18 AM

              I truly appreciate all the excellent feedback that I've gotten to my query. Thanks, all.

              1. CocoDan RE: tobytlk Nov 29, 2011 08:19 AM

                For before the theatre we alternate between Teatro and Bistro du Midi. Both really good, and close to where you want to be.
                Enjoy,
                CocoDan

                1. peregrine RE: tobytlk Nov 30, 2011 09:29 AM

                  And don't forget that the Opera House is a couple of blocks from Chinatown, about which there are many threads available.

                  1. yumyum RE: tobytlk May 6, 2012 01:51 PM

                    Maybe other hounds will do a furtive search like I did before the Ballet last night (Don Quixote, just superb) and will find this useful:

                    Needed a place for vino and nibbles before curtain and Teatro always is mentioned for this. Sure enough it was perfect -- despite the haphazard and slow service which made me a bit nervous. Turned out fine. Sat in the big picture windows and watched the world go by while munching on small plates and guzzling good wine. We ordered tuna tartare, deviled eggs, and the octopus. Server (cute as a button but not super sharp) heard eggplant and brought us a sizzling platter of gooey cheesy eggplanty goodness. We didn't mind the mis-hap -- they do a lot with fresh ricotta and this mess was really delish. Tuna tartare was a miniscule and dull portion but fine. Wouldn't get it again. Deviled eggs were mustardy, creamy and served with a parmesan frico. Nice little crunch to go with the softness and truffly perfume. We finally got the octopus and that dish is a winner too -- nice char char on the octo with lots of sliced garlic, some potatoes and a ton of tasso. Really scrummy, with bread to mop up the oily mess at the bottom of the dish.

                    I do recommend if you are needing a place for treats before the show.

                    Pixies:

                     
                     
                     
                     
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                      yumyum RE: yumyum May 6, 2012 01:54 PM

                      Ooops two eggs and no tartare... hold please

                       
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                      dulce de leche RE: tobytlk Nov 28, 2012 08:47 AM

                      Ok, going again this year. We went to Kingston Station last year, which was fine, but I think we would like to up the game a little. Places walking distance that seem to have some kind of serious wine situation (I don't have knowledge or interest here!) and room the night in question:
                      Bistro du Midi
                      Teatro
                      Petit Robert Central

                      I've never been to any of these, and I would be very grateful for input. Needs to balance a good wine list, French preferably, and friendliness to a five year old. It looks like Petit Robert specifically accommodates children with a menu, and I could easily sort her out with pasta at Teatro, but what about Bistro du Midi? Babygirl would be thrilled at an exquisite steak frites, but not at $30.

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                        ChinaCat RE: dulce de leche Nov 28, 2012 03:11 PM

                        If the wine is the important part, then definitely Trouquet.

                        not too sure about if they have a childrens menu, but I bet they can accomodate some how.

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                          dulce de leche RE: ChinaCat Nov 28, 2012 04:58 PM

                          There wasn't a reservation open at Troquet, which is why it was not on my list. That was my first thought, too. These are the ones that seem to have a significant wine list and also have space for us.
                          I couldn't open Stoddard's online wine menu and no one answered the phone, or I would have had it sent to me. Right now it looks like Petit Robert, unless I can get a handle on how well Bistro du Midi would suit the youngers.

                          Bistro du Midi
                          Teatro
                          Petit Robert Central

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                        meeps2002 RE: tobytlk Nov 28, 2012 12:43 PM

                        Stoddard's would be my pick

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                          dulce de leche RE: meeps2002 Nov 28, 2012 12:55 PM

                          Really? Is the wine list good there? Thx for the input.

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                            meeps2002 RE: dulce de leche Nov 28, 2012 12:59 PM

                            I don't know that the wine list is outstanding, I may have missed that in your post. It just has a very nice atmosphere and vibe. I dont recall them being bad on the selection though.

                            http://stoddardsfoodandale.com/index2...

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                              dulce de leche RE: meeps2002 Nov 28, 2012 01:04 PM

                              Need a good wine list. I can't seem to get it down from the website, it just conks out.

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                                Niblet RE: dulce de leche Nov 29, 2012 09:52 AM

                                I like all of them, but in your place I'd pick Bistro di Midi first because it's more cosy; I have warm memories about dinners I've had in their upstairs dining room. Petit Robert Central feels a bit more cavernous to me, and Teatro can get a little loud and echo-y. I'm sure they can accomodate the little one.

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                                  dulce de leche RE: Niblet Nov 29, 2012 01:36 PM

                                  Thanks, so helpful. Bistro du Midi was extremely accommodating when I called, and will let the kids order off the bar menu, were happy to talk about wine. Teatro no longer has space for us.

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                                    dulce de leche RE: dulce de leche Dec 3, 2012 07:31 AM

                                    Thanks again for the advice! Bistro du Midi was perfect, so pretty and festive. The service was never less than gracious despite all the constraints we kept adding (we had a time limit because of the theater, some in the group came late because of traffic, staff had to coordinate serving from two kitchens since they let the kids order off the bar menu). The food was delicious, especially the loup de mer and tagliatelle, and everyone loved the barbajuans. The wine list made our wine friend happy.

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                                      Niblet RE: dulce de leche Dec 3, 2012 10:35 AM

                                      I had to look up what barbajuans are, sounds freaking delish! I've been craving the fried artichokes at BdM anyway; those plus your experience with their wonderful hospitality and these exquisite barbajuans means I must make a return visit very soon.

                                      ETA: also, barbajuans is so fun to say, I might have to order it more than once.

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                            hotoynoodle RE: meeps2002 Nov 29, 2012 02:31 PM

                            with a 5-year-old? have you ever actually been in that place? it's tiny, with very little table seating and fills up super fast.

                            i have seen small children at bdm, especially downstairs. as for troquet, i'd call rather than being shut out by opentable.

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                            grant.cook RE: tobytlk Nov 29, 2012 09:19 AM

                            I'd probably just pack a light sandwich, and try to stay hydrated. You must have to be at the hall pretty early to prep for the performance, and I can't believe you'd want to do all those leaps and pirouettes on stage with a full stomach.

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