Memorial Day Weekend Trip Report from a NY Hound
I headed up to Boston from NYC this past Saturday-Monday for a quick getaway. We stayed at the Hilton in the financial district and based most of our chow choices on research here and recommendations from friends.
Lunch at Wagamama: I'm gluten-free, so we decided to go here since it was near Faneuil Hall and a few other things we wanted to check out, and I'd read that they were fairly gf-friendly. I had GF yasai yaki soba (they subbed out the noodles for rice noodles and made an adjustment to the sauce) and the boyfriend had ramen, although I can't remember which kind. I was definitely happy with the food - it wasn't the best I've ever had, but I wasn't expecting it to be, and it certainly hit the spot after spending 4+ hours on a bus.
Dinner at Nebo (North end): I was really excited to try Nebo based on reviews I read, and I just...wasn't impressed. At all. I've been gluten-free for almost 8 years, and I've eaten a LOT of GF italian food, and this just wasn't great. We tried the mussels as an appetizer, which were excellent and probably the thing that saved the whole meal, the caesar salad, and the pizza. The GF caesar salad was essentially just lettuce and caesar dressing, which felt extraordinarily overpriced at $10. (Note: a lot of places that have GF pizza or bread can easily make croutons for their caesar salads - why couldn't Nebo?) The crust on the pizza was decent, but it was drowning in too much sauce and cheese, which turned what could have been a good pizza into a soggy mess. Given that I can get consistently great GF Italian food in NY, I wouldn't return here on my next trip to Boston.
We had brunch at Nix's Mate, which was the restaurant attached to our hotel. This was based solely on convenience, as we'd slept in and were heading to Fenway, but it was surprisingly good for hotel breakfast.
Dinner on Sunday was at Myers & Chang, since it was so highly recommended on this board, and we really enjoyed it. Highlight was probably the grilled octopus & corn, but we also enjoyed the fresh rolls and the GF stir-fried noodles we had. Boyfriend also really liked his short rib tacos, but wished they had a bit more of a kick to them. They were incredibly GF-friendly, and we'd definitely make a return visit.
Thank you for the great recs, Boston chowhounds! We'll definitely be coming back for more food & fun soon.