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Recommendations near Boston Common for New Year's Eve

I am heading into Boston early in the day of New Year's Eve to enjoy some of the First Night festivities. I am not planning on staying until midnight since I have company coming later..but I am looking for recommendations for a restaurant for a late lunch in the area of Boston Common or if there are any decent food vendors to snack at instead?

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  1. We went to Locke Ober one year. It was very good. But, that was for dinner.

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    1. re: cperryfranz

      What about the sleek yet snacky bar at Bistro du Midi?

      1. re: Swankalicious

        We stopped for a break at Bistro du Midi after an assignment on Monday. I love the fried artichokes so if we happen to be near by after 3 pm , I want some. My husband ordered the Pissaladière. A glass of wine, a great bartender and a chat with some very nice visitors to Boston made for the perfect break in a busy afternoon.

        Penny
        http://www.bostonzest.com/

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        Bistro du Midi
        272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    2. Intermission lounge is close to Boylston Station. Silvertone is good but might not be open until 5pm. There are many places around Boston Common/Public Garden. You should probably specify what you want to eat and what streets you plan to be near. I think Paramount on Charles Street is great, but the closest train station is Charles Street on the red line (which is terrible).

      1. Parish Cafe or Upstairs at the Rattlesnake - both have good casual food and serve at the "tween lunch and dinner" hours.

        1. on opposite sides of the commons, you have the bristol lounge at the 4 seasons and then bin 26 enoteca as well as beacon hill bistro.

          montien for thai and penang for malaysian are close by also. chinatown is an easy walk.

          just remember there will be many thousands of people also milling about for first night. good luck.

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          1. re: hotoynoodle

            I like the suggestion of Chinatown. Easy walk, probably fewer restaurants that close in the afternoon, and probably less First Nighters milling about.

            1. re: viperlush

              Alas, not the case. We thought the same one year, but every chinatown place was absolutely packed.

          2. Thank you so much for all the suggestions..I will let you know where we wind up.