Visiting Boston in June, need food tips for meals near the convention center
I'll be in Boston for a conference in June, staying at the Sheraton next to the Hynes Convention Center (in Back Bay? Maybe?). I know little about Boston or the food options and was hoping to get some recs for places to in that area. I'm a student, so I mostly need cheap options, but I'd like to splurge a bit on one meal. I'm a pretty adventurous eater, love seafood, big fan of Chinese, Indian, and Thai (and sushi, but that's generally not in the cheap category). For the splurge meal, I'm thinking somewhere in the $25-$35/person range, pre-alcohol. Thanks in advance!
there are plenty of good and cheap places in chinatown; there are plenty of cheap options for seafood at east ocean seafood and peach farm in Chinatown. For thai food, i would take the red line to porter square or on Beacon Street in Brookline - on the green line. You might enjoy Sichuan Gourmet in Brookline, also, which is on the green line..
You are right in thinking that good sushi is not going to be cheap.
I like Tamarind Bay for Indian food in Harvard Square which is on the red line.
If you are going to be zipping around on buses and the subway, i recommend getting a charlie pass.
Have fun in Boston.
I have two affordable recommendations for you just walking distance (half block) from the Hynes Convention Center, perfect for a student budget:
1) Mentei (Japanese), at 66 Hereford Street, between Newbury and Boylston. You can get a nice dish of pork or chicken served with rice for under $10. Decent sized portions and good flavor, also very fast. You'll notice it's a favorite spot for students of local colleges and schools.
2) Café Jaffa (Middle Eastern) at 48 Gloucester, between Newbury and Boylston (Gloucester is parallel to Hereford, this place is around the block from Mentei). Info at http://cafejaffa.net/ It's not as cheap as Mentei but offers affordable and filling menu options like the Falafel Plate or the Houmus Plate, both at $9.50. Both are nice sized portions and good options for lunch.
Hope this helps, have a great visit in Boston!
Over on Massachusetts Avenue, across the Christian Science Plaza from the Sheraton you'll find Pho Basil with some of the best Thai and Vietnamese food. Their pho is a great way to enjoy a very inexpensive meal so you have a bit more for your splurge.
I also second, hotoynoodle's Chili Duck and Cafe Jaffa.
And, don't forget our food trucks. Some of them will amaze you with good prices for really great food. Here's the schedule and map for those.
My personal (relatively) cheap eats list ...
Chacarero's on 101 Arch St - weekdays only, 10am-6pm. I suggest going at 5pm, and getting a small beef.
Sam LaGrassa's - weekday lunch only.
Thinking Cup - coffee
Galleria Umberto - get that fried mashed potato thing ... and maybe a slice.
Dumpling Cafe - Siu Loong Bao dumplings (or whatever it's called in mandarin ... XLB?)
Roast Beast - roast beef sandwiches, I like the "V"
Blue Asia Cafe - simple hearty rice plates (and no, it's not the typical American-Cantonese fare). I like getting one with pork belly, kimchi, and an egg.
YoMa - Burmese food, but it's quite a walk from the T.
Myung Dong - it's really more of a cheap-korean-food-and-drinking-bar kind of place, but I'd go for the cheese labokghi, the cheese ramen, or the seafood cheese ddok bokghi.
I think the rice balls are arancini and the potato thing is panzarotti. They're both great and inexpensive. You can order by calling it the rice thing or potato thing (mashed potato stuffed with mozzarella and deep fried) and you'll get what you want.. ..and no one will laugh at you if you order the potato thing..:)
If you are willing to take public transportation and have the time you can head head up the greenline to Allston to the Super88 (though I think the name has changed) which is a foodcourt of Asian food. Or you could take the greenline to Chinatown. Right on boylston there is a good not too expensive sushi restaurant named samuari. Off of boylston near mass ave there is a bar named bukowskis. I don't know if they still do it but they have a dollar hamburger special. For your splurge you mijght be able to do eastern standard kitchen or island creek oyster bar. Both are a short greenline ride to kenmore. Both have great seafood. I would add links but I am not that proficient on the kindle. Hope this gives you a place to start.