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best of Kendall near cinema?

Where do you think the best (dinner) food is within a short walk of the Kendall Sq. cinema? Thanks very much.

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  1. Hungry Mother, Oleana, West Bridge, Emma's, Area Four, Catalyst, Bondir.

    (I have yet to make it to West Bridge and Bondir, although there appears to be much love here.)

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      Thanks for the list. Been to Bondir. A favorite. You should go.

    2. Area IV, which has both pizza and non-pizza options. If you want pizza and go to Emma's instead of Area IV, you're gonna have a bad time.

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      1. re: Luther

        What do you mean by "bad time?"
        I think Emma's is great, though I have not had Area Four's pizza. I have had their fava beans grilled in the pod. Anyone had those?
        Also, does anyone have anything to say about Atasca lately (which is also within a short walk)? Still hanging on, have never been....

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          Atasca is fine. That patio is usually crowded on nice nights. Portion sizes are pretty enormous. There are definitely better options in the area.

            1. re: Luther

              But that still implies that Emma's is not good pizza, which I would disagree with, m'kay?

        2. Mulan is also a good choice for Chinese. Are you looking for something more high end or more casual?

            1. re: LeoLioness

              A little casual, a little inexpensive. Need to leave money for tickets and room for popcorn.

              1. re: carissman

                Of the bunch mentioned by BD Hungry Mother is my favorite. And I think you can get a nice light meal for a respectable amount. But I think
                Emma's and Area Four will leave more money for tickets. Especially if you split a pie at Area Four.
                Oleana and West Bridge will cost more, but will leave room for popcorn. But really, look at the menus online because you can't go wrong with any of them.

            2. We had a fabulous dinner at Hungry Mother a few weeks ago and loved that they obtained our tickets for us (discounted slightly too). I think it means eating before 6 but you can find out on the website.
              It wasn't inexpensive but we ordered 2 apps, entrees, desserts and drinks -- a once in a very blue moon meal out for us meant we overindulged. Helpful that the theater is a very short waddle away!

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              1. re: ebaba

                All of these options are great. But as ebaba mentioned Hungry Mother will get your tickets for you and discounted. Area Four is also offering the same.

                  1. re: mkfisher

                    Carp! Totally forgot about Blue Room.

              2. Catalyst would be my choice.

                1. The Blue Room. Great place to go before (or after) the movies.

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                  1. re: celestialmundane

                    We went to Blue Room after the Jiro Sushi movie and were very pleased with our meal. don't recall what we had but several small plates at the bar hit the spot.

                  2. The Blue Room, West Bridge, Area Four and Catalyst are the best places nearby for me and my family. I can't remember the specifics of the deal with The Blue Room and the cinema, but there is one.

                    1. So, we went to the Blue Room, had a delicious meal of crispy beef tongue with baby something radishes (and plenty of butter;) gnudi (like gnocchi) with lamb ragu (and plenty of fat;) and a wood-fired pizza with ricotta, arugula, etc. It was delicious, I would happily return. Thanks for the advice. Note that they don't do anything related to tickets for the cinema anymore, but we got out of there easily in an hour, sitting at the bar and going on the early side of dinner.

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                      1. re: carissman

                        Thanks for reporting back. We enjoy the Blue Room a great deal. Sorry they no longer have the affiliation with the cinema, but their pre- movie location can't be beat.

                      2. How come there is no mention of The Friendly's Toast? Is it not considered to be place for dinner?

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                        1. re: sabman

                          Sure if you want large portions of greasy food before sitting for a couple hours in a movie theatre. But I wouldn't consider it the best dining in the area, or even in Kendall One. Better than Tommy's and Johnny's, but not as good at CBC, Hungry Mother, Blue Room or West Bridge.

                          1. re: sabman

                            I don't consider it a great place for breakfast or lunch, either.

                              1. re: LeoLioness

                                Ha! Okay, I think I will go through more such threads to find out the recommended ones.

                                1. re: sabman

                                  the bar there is always sticky and last time we went, the bartender was wearing a wife-beater t-shirt. totally yuk and violating health codes. thank mercy we were just there for a cocktail.

                                  along with the other recs here, i have been pleasantly surprised by mead hall too.