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lizpriven Feb 23, 2012 06:10 AM

Coming to Boston first weekend in March to celebrate my sons 21st birthday. He lives in Back Bay area close to Newberry Street. I would love some suggestions on where to have a lunch or brunch. Preferably not a seafood restaurant.

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    Blumie Feb 23, 2012 07:18 AM

    On the higher end, I love Mistral, just a short walk from Newbury St. And they take reservations. Brunch is served Sunday only.

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      mkfisher Feb 23, 2012 07:36 AM

      Is asking your son an option? I'd imagine a 21 year old living near Newbury St. (not Newberry) would have some places he enjoys.

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        lizpriven Feb 23, 2012 10:40 AM

        Good suggestion but he will not have a clue. He's a student and doesn't got to many restaurants.

      2. C. Hamster Feb 23, 2012 07:49 AM

        My guess is he is up at the Mass Ave end which leads me to suggest Eastern Standard.

        But there are lots of possibilities. What kind of food and price point?

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          lizpriven Feb 23, 2012 10:43 AM

          Yes, at the Mass Ave end, near Berklee. I have a reservation at Eastern Standard but would like to find another option as well. Something within walking distance and is not only Seafood. I'm less concerned with the cost then with menu.

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            justbeingpolite Feb 23, 2012 10:49 AM

            Parish cafe for lunch? Oh Berklee School of Music, not Berkeley St. Well, a little farther walk, but good sandwiches.

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              kimfair1 Feb 23, 2012 11:38 AM

              Eastern Standard has many options that are not seafood. Their food is excellent as well.
              Not too many brunch spots at that end of Newbury.

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            emannths Feb 23, 2012 10:55 AM

            I have friends that like the brunch at Trident Booksellers. No reservations though.

            http://tridentbookscafe.com/

            1. justbeingpolite Feb 23, 2012 11:35 AM

              Open Table just sent out an email with ratings of top 10-lunch spots. Bravo in Back Bay was number 1. Never been there. (of course, Not Your Average Joes Dartmouth was 4, just ahead of Petit Robert Central, kind of all over the place aren't they?)

              YMMVG (greatly)

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                bear Feb 23, 2012 11:42 AM

                Yikes. Two NYAJ's in the top ten? Kind of ruins opentable's credibility.

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                  Blumie Feb 23, 2012 08:24 PM

                  I haven't seen the email, but I can't imagine opentable rated anything. Either they ranked the restaurants by how many reservations were made there, or they ranked them based on reviews provided by opentable users. In any event, I rely on opentable for reservations, but certainly not for reviews.

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