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Los Angeles Hound in Boston for 18 hours, what to do??

Hi there..
Los Angeles Hound arriving BOS first Thursday of December at 11;30 p.m. and leaving from BOS late afternoon the following day. Want to enjoy the town. I plan on taking the train to the city center and back. What would suggest that I do? I like ethnic low brow places with lots of character. Also fun drinking spots as well. I will not have a hotel, so is it possible to pull an all nighter and ( an places to rest ) will probably head back to the Airport around 3 or 4 pm the following day. Just looking for tips, suggestions and whatever from my fellow Hounds in Boston. Thanks in advance

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  1. Peach Farm in Chinatown is a must-do!! I'd also recommend snacking heartily at Gourmet Dumpling.

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    Peach Farm
    4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

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    1. re: Swankalicious

      If OP wants casual HK-style food (maybe not the best use of time if they're from LA), Best Little Restaurant is a much better choice than Peach Farm.

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      Peach Farm
      4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

      1. re: Swankalicious

        Chinese may not be the best option in Boston given the abundance of truly excellent food in the San Gabriel Valley. However, I do think one possible exception is Dumpling Cafe for its xiaolongbao, which I compare favorably to the likes of Din Tai Fung.

      2. It's not possible to pull an all nighter in Boston because most bars close at 1am and the rest close at 2am. Therefor 99% of all etablishments are closed. Unless you want to hang out at a Dunkin Donuts from 2am - 7am you might want to reconsider your overnight plans.

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        1. re: Unfoodie

          I guess he can always hang out with the Occupy Boston people.

          1. re: viperlush

            I hear your point about overnight and understand. I assume that I will find a place for the evening if need be. Thank you for your tips so far. Chinatown is a thought, I was thinking the Italian District as well. I am going to purchase an all day Transit Pass to get around. Any good seafood spots that might not be too expensive?

            1. re: Foodandwine

              Just remember that the T and buses don't run all night.

              Here is a thread from a couple years back with some late night dining options around the city
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/606467

              The Italian District is called the North End. Here is a thread to get you started.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/606467

              For seafood I would suggest Eastern Standard Kitchen (raw bar) , James Hook (inexpensive lobster rolls), and Peach Farm.

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              Peach Farm
              4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

              Eastern Standard
              528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

              1. re: Foodandwine

                If your plane is late you will have to take a cab. Public transport generally shuts down around 12:30 or so.

                Once you are in there is precious little in the way of anything that stays open all night. And I'm not sure how keen anyplace would be to have someone linger for long periods of time.

                That said I think there is a diner by South Station that stays open all night.

          2. The South Street Diner on the outskirts of Chinatown is open all night. Old-school Boston institution with a pretty big menu of typical diner fare.

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            South Street Diner
            178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111

            1. I would find a restaurant downtown that is open til 2 and get a couple drinks there. Not sure about thursday night, but at least on weekends there are restaurants in Chinatown that are open late, till maybe 3 or 4. Close to chinatown is the South Street Diner, which is open 24 hours. I believe Miel, on the waterfront, is also open 24 hours. If you are pulling an all nighter and want a drink in the morning, The Tam opens at 8am and is located downtown.

              I would save the North End for lunch the next day.

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              South Street Diner
              38 South St, Westborough, MA 01581

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              1. re: Kinopio

                Hi Boston, Thanks for the tips so far. I will be there Thursday Night.. Any other suggestions that you can think of. Much appreciated..

              2. fyi, there is no place to leave your luggage at logan. You can take the silver line from the terminal and store it at south station. That is if you plan on pull an all nighter, but that is not something easily done in Boston.

                Chinatown, the north end, faneuile hall are all places to explore. You may want to even hit the seaport area before heading back to logan. The silverline is easy to catch and will take you back to your terminal. I would suggest looking at hotel.

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                1. re: Veronicasawyer

                  Thanks for the replies Boston. I will not have any lugguage. Seems like Boston is not an all night town. I have been before ( just once) for the day and had fun and actually stayed overnight at the Hyatt at the Airport. Since I was arriving at 11:30 PM or so. I thought that I would head into the city, have some evening fun and just need to find somewhere to park myself from say 3:00 to 6:00 am Does not seem to be the case? Huh?

                  1. re: Foodandwine

                    Very unlikely. Boston is the sleepiest town I've ever lived in. Especially on a weeknight. If I were you, I'd just settle in at a cheap hotel, and do your grazing starting early in the morning. You'll be much better off.

                    1. re: E Eto

                      absolutely agreed. Boston's puritan legacy has left the city with very little to do late at night...

                    2. re: Foodandwine

                      I think you should try pulling an all-nighter....just to see what happens. I'm quite curious about where you'd go, and if you migrate between a few different restaurants, it could be totally doable. Mc Slim JB's list of closing times is helpful too,

                      I was really looking forward to reading your report about "How a Los Angeles Hound stays up all night in Boston"

                      Dave MP

                      1. re: Dave MP

                        Finally a Boston Hound with my point of view. DaveMP I am stiil working on it. Will keep you all posted.. Gosh the T closed early! But I am comitted..

                        1. re: Foodandwine

                          By all means, if you are willing to be the guinea pig, go for it. Just be prepared for sub-zero temperatures (or perhaps some snow) in the overnight hours (December can be a crapshoot between unseasonably cold and slightly comfortable), and walking lonely streets, unless you want to cab it between spots. Looking forward to a report.

                          1. re: E Eto

                            If this is happening the first Thursday of December, that is in 2 days. Forecast isn't too bad!

                            1. re: Foodandwine

                              Glad you are doing it. Sounds like an episode of The Layover. Between South Street Diner and Bova's in the North End you can easily kill a few hours till sunrise.

                              1. re: Kinopio

                                Bring walking shoes and/or cab money.

                            2. re: Dave MP

                              I think I have the plan. If the T is still running, take it to Copley and walk over to the Deluxe on Clarendon St. Funky place with decent food, they close at 1. Then walk 2.5 blocks to Shawmut Ave. for last call of food and booze at the Franklin Cafe (1:30). A nicer place with good cocktails. Then walk or cab to Peach Farm in Chinatown who are open til 3, then the South St. diner for that those few hours when nothing's open. Then back to the South End to Charlie's on Columbus Ave. who open at 6, an iconic Boston breakfast spot. After that, everything will be open again. Hi of 51 and low of 35 on Thurs. so not too bad.

                              1. re: total13

                                Sounds like an excellent plan. Be sure to get the turkey hash at Charlies.

                                BTW, love that you can stay up all night. I'm an early bird v. a night owl and love the calm of the city/river at dawn and would love to see the city in the wee hours of the morning.

                                1. re: total13

                                  Thanks total13 for a nice plan. I will use this as a guide and see what else comes up. I like the adventure. I am going to post what I did last time during the day, if I could find the thread.. Boston you are very helpful.. Thanks to all. Still seeking so let ride if you have any tips..

                                  1. re: total13

                                    It's more like a 7-8 block walk from The Deluxe to the Franklin Cafe but they are both good suggestions.