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Jul 9, 2012 11:01 AM

Dinner with teenagers in Central Square

I'm thinking of taking my two teenage nieces to ImprovBoston in Central Square this Saturday night. Looking for a fun restaurant that would appeal to them. They are not picky eaters.

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    1. Area Four for pizza. Life Alive is always a nice change of pace for me, might work if they are interested in healthier fare.

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      1. re: Novasmurf

        Miracle of Science is a fun bar with good burgers.
        Garden at the Cellar has fun small plates.
        If you want to be known as the aunt that is corrupting your nieces, you could take them to the Middle East Upstairs or Zuzu. ;-)

      2. River Gods is a few blocks outside of Central, but the decor is funky and could be a fun experience for teens. Food has been solid in my experience, but I admittedly haven't visited in a couple of years.

        One caveat: It can get packed, fast, so you may want to have a backup plan in case there are no available tables when you arrive.

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        1. re: huuvola

          I haven't been to River Gods in a few years (adopted an older special needs child) but the decor is very interesting and funky and the food is interesting and varied. I would have swooned if I'd been in this place as a teen girl. Found it compelling and very different in a good way as a 50 year old woman!

        2. I second the Middle East upstairs, great atmosphere for young and developing minds?

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          1. re: drewinmrblhd

            Great suggestions! Thank you. I want to be "that aunt," but is the Middle East really appropriate for a 13 and 15 year old?

            1. re: Marisa23

              I can't think of anything remotely inappropriate about eating there..

                1. re: DoubleMan

                  They serve one of my favorite Sysco burger/fries plates around

                  1. re: Luther

                    I thought all the middle eastern stuff on the menu was decent, no?

                    1. re: Bob Dobalina

                      Yeah people seem to like it, I haven't had it enough times to really comment

                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                        i thought that the food was fairly good at the MIddle East.

                        What about Chinese: Thai Cafe and Mulan are worth trying.

                2. re: Marisa23

                  cuchi cuchi is such fun! so unique. young people (all people, i think) never forget that friendly dramatic unique look and vibe. and lots of small plate variety.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef

                    I guess it's fun, but I think more for the young drinking crowd than teenagers. I also think the food and drinks are totally mediocre and overpriced there. I'd recommend walking a couple more blocks and getting pizza and soft serve sundaes at Area Four.

                    1. re: DoubleMan

                      I like Cuchi Cuchi, but I agree that it's a little more in terms of price and experience than what I was looking for. Pizza and soft serve sounds like the speed I was going for. Thanks for all the suggestions!

                      1. re: DoubleMan

                        I like the idea of walking...I think it will enhance the overall experience since they'll get a feel for the city by being out in it.

                        1. re: Marisa23

                          Area four is a great choice. Also if they like vegetarian food, you can go to Veggie Galaxy for the fun diner feel.

                        2. re: DoubleMan

                          really? wow, some of the food is meh but we've alw had delicious sashimi cones w/ caviar, and asian salad and more.... and did not feel they were overpriced. also had a blackberry lime cosmo that turned me on to a whole diff way of thinking about cosmos (and was delic) But i bet you're completely right about the young drinking crowd vs teen appeal. Though i still highly rec it for girls' 16th bday dinners.

                          we'll have to try area four soon. catalyst is at the top of the list though, with vee vee and eventually deuxave.

                  2. Is there a place to get ice cream or dessert close to Improv in Central Square?

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                      1. re: LeoLioness

                        marisa, you've not tried Toscanini ('tosci')??!! wow, are you and those kids in for the hit of the evening! this place is a real treasure and its fans are as legion as those for Regina's North End!

                        1. re: opinionatedchef

                          I have not been to Toscanini, but have heard lots about it. Looking forward to it!

                          1. re: opinionatedchef

                            Toscanini was perfect! I had the goat cheese brownie. My nieces had fresh mint and bananas foster. Great atmosphere too. So active. Line moved fast.

                            1. re: Marisa23

                              I had the goat cheese brownie Friday night. Fabulous, who would have thunk it?