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New Kendall Square Restaurants

My boyfriend and I are going to be visiting Boston for Thanksgiving (I'm originally from the Northshore). We were thinking about catching a movie or two on Saturday and then grabbing dinner in Kendall Square. My usual go-to place is the Blue Room but I noticed that there are a number of new restaurants in the area.

Has anyone checked out Catalyst, Think Tank, or Area Four? Is one better than all the rest? We will be wearing jeans, obviously not looking for a super heavy meal since we will be coming off of 2 days of Thanksgiving leftovers. Which would you choose?

Thanks!

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Blue Room
1 Kendall Sq Ste B2001, Cambridge, MA 02139

Think Tank
1 Kendall Square, lower level, Cambridge, MA 02139

Area Four
500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

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  1. We like Area Four the most of that group. Just love the general feel of the place. Some of the small plates like the cauliflower and pretzels are incredibly addictive. The food at Think Tank has been very hit or miss. They do have the best cocktail program of that bunch. Catalyst will probably be ok on a Saturday. The after work crowd there tends to turn me off to the place. Have enjoyed the garganelli with chicken oysters. The burger is solid too. We also liked the hiramasa appetizer. Better cocktails than Area Four. The Blue Room has a somewhat new chef, and I don't think we've been since he took over.

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    The Blue Room
    Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Think Tank
    1 Kendall Square, lower level, Cambridge, MA 02139

    Area Four
    500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

    2 Replies
    1. re: mkfisher

      Our plans are obviously pretty dependent on the movie times, but do you think we would need reservations at any of these places or can you usually just walk right in and find a table (again, it's the weekend after Thanksgiving as well....)?

      1. re: Elyssa

        We've been to Area Four many times, never needed a reservation. The small plates there are very good, and the cake w/ salted caramel sauce is amazing. Think Tank is closer to the movie theaters, and they never seem too crowded. Ate there once and the food was ok, cocktails are very good and creative. Haven't made it to Catalyst yet.

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        Think Tank
        1 Kendall Square, lower level, Cambridge, MA 02139

        Area Four
        500 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA 02139

    2. See if you can get a reservation at hungry mother. They even have a movie deal I believe.

      1. Love Area 4, great apps and pizza, wine by carafe. If you like craft and belgian beers I'd make it a two-fer and stop in Lord Hobo which walking distance from the theater.

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        Lord Hobo
        92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

        1. If one of your movies is at the Landmark Cinema, you should check out Hungry Mother about a block away: http://www.hungrymothercambridge.com/

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          Hungry Mother
          Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

          1. If you're going to Think Tank, try to visit on a night when Brother Cleve is working the bar -- he's a great bartender and lots of fun. The food is very hit or miss (the Seoul Burger, Sriracha wings, and pork belly were all tasty, but nothing outstanding) and the atmosphere is sort of bizarre, like a school basement that's been partially decorated in 70s funky rec-room style but with large parts of the restaurant completely unfurnished. I enjoyed my meal at the Friendly Toast, next door, much more.