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Jun 4, 2012 11:10 AM

Chinatown dining logistics

There are so many great restaurants in Chinatown, but I haven't found any cheap places to park. We typically go to the Beach St. garage, but that can get expensive (especially if you come in before 5PM). Are there any streets where parking can be found?

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  1. In short no. If you are willing to walk. There are meters on marginal (5 blocks) that start freeing up by then.

    1. I've gotten myself in hot water on this board by refusing to disclose my most favored places to eat, and probably for good reason, because every good business deserves our business (even if it means they'll get more crowded). But parking... I dunno, is anyone with a really good Chinatown street parking scheme going to divulge it here? I won't.

      tl;dr take the T

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      1. re: Luther

        than why post? as a neener-neener?

        depending on where you're coming from, i'd just park in the hinterlands someplace, like eastie or brookline, where there are no meters, or just meters til 6, and take the t in. cheaper than any downtown garage.

      2. there are some places that validate for the Beach St garage.

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        1. re: ScubaSteve

          You can park way back behind NE / Tufts Med Center along the expressway at the metered spaces later in the day (around 5) they start to empty out and meters take quarters til 6. I actually park free or at a metered spot in Charlestown near Boston Garden and take the T over as long as there is no game on or I park in East Boston under 1A and take the T in from Wood Island. Shhh!

          1. re: ScubaSteve

            Yeah, Taiwan Cafe used to, but they stopped I think (before they closed for renovations).

            1. re: croutonweb

              Hong Kong Eatery did last time I was there.

            2. re: ScubaSteve

              A ton of places used to Validate for the beach st garage (I think it was $6 for 3 hrs) but I don't think any do anymore. This happened about a year ago, I spoke with one restaurant and they said that the Garage changed ownership and they no longer offered that deal.

            3. Depends on far you want to walk. You can head over to the seaport area up by the intercontinental hotel. Meters are good for four hours and end at 6:00 pm.

              1. Where are you coming from? Have you considered parking at Alewife and taking the T in? Or come in on a Sunday before noon and you'll be able to find parking in BOS/Brookline/Cambridge.

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                1. re: Felicity7

                  I agree the T is the way to go, but we're stuck with a car in the city on our way home to the North Shore.