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Visiting expat ... what have I missed?

jimnorton Jul 5, 2012 01:53 PM

Moved to NYC 15 years ago, returning for one night. Looking for some of that new Boston I keep hearing about. Can be in Cambridge, South End, I don't care, I'm just looking for something that's not Davios, Olives, Stephanie's, Sonsie which were hot when I was there.

- no budget requirement, can be cheap eats, can be haute
- no white table cloth
- only requirement is that it's new and good.
- no specific type of food

Our NYC faves are Prune, Otto, Little Owl, A Voce, Freemans, Cafe Gitane. Casual spots.

Any suggestions would help, even it's a point to an existing thread.

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    hyde Jul 7, 2012 02:13 PM

    a late lunch (serve until 4) at Strip T's, near the watertown mall, will avoid the maddening crowds that have been flocking to this joint for the ex-momofuku's chefs food.

    buttermilk fried chicken with a broccolli rabe side, and a burger (with smoked miso, lemon aioli and pickled red onion) with a gravy fries side, washed down with a couple of sixpoint bengali tigers will run you 40 bucks and fuel you up for a night of carousing.

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      kimfair1 Jul 7, 2012 01:39 PM

      If you can have the Crispy Fried Pigs Tails at Craigie, do so,they are excellent.

      1. KWagle Jul 6, 2012 10:05 PM

        Since about 2005 we've had an explosion of great Sichuan food in Boston. You certainly have a fair amount of that in NYC, but I think ours is at least as good. (DC has an equally great and much more diverse selection of Chinese regional cuisine as well.)

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          jimnorton Jul 6, 2012 08:30 AM

          Thanks everyone, made a resy at Cragie on Main.

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          1. re: jimnorton
            Kinopio Jul 6, 2012 09:06 AM

            In the same neighborhood check out Green Street or Brick and Mortar before or after Craigie for great cocktails(Green Street also has a good beer list). Although the bartenders at Craigie are great with cocktails as well.

            1. re: jimnorton
              opinionatedchef Jul 6, 2012 09:44 AM

              jim, make sure to get ice cream at Toscanini, next door. Terrific interesting flavors these days; many CHs fav ice cream in town.

            2. opinionatedchef Jul 5, 2012 09:33 PM

              hi jim, you lucky NYC CH you! If I were thinking about NYC's strengths vis a vis ours, I would not hesitate to send you to Oleana in Cambridge, somewhat near Kendall(which you would not recognize; same w/ new Seaport area). Ana Sortun has been hitting it out of the park with her very unique (for the U.S.) Turkish/Moroccan/Mediterranean menu.

              A pretty new and major CH fave is Strip T's in Watertown; chef is a former Momofuku head chef , with his own special moves, but maybe you might not want that.

              Other suggestions for menus and threads to peruse:

              Erbaluce- unusual inventive No.Italian Piedmontese

              Craigie on Main- famous for offal but also seafood

              OYa- v.v.expensive Japanese American inventive

              Neptune Oyster- crowded tiny always a line, top quality inventive seafood along w/ trad.

              Island Creek Oyster Bar- the BEST service, large room but intimate, more trad but some inventive>> Lobter Roe Noodles w/Oxtail,Chanterelles and Madeira demi; Biscuit; Scallops, Oysters.

              Hope you have a great meal.

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                folkface Jul 5, 2012 07:06 PM

                Bondir & Craigie on this side of the river. Toro & Coppa on the other.

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                  Madrid Jul 5, 2012 05:12 PM

                  short: lots of new places in south end and kendall. Oleana in Inman outskirts as well as Bergamot and Bondir. Can't remember where Oleana chef Ana Sortun was 15 years ago, but it may have been Casablanca.

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                    CookieLee Jul 5, 2012 05:08 PM

                    If you only have one night, look up Craigie on Main, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Neptune Oyster, T.W. Food. Do a search, draw your conclusion. Enjoy!

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