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TD Garden- Where to Eat Nearby

Kat Aug 24, 2012 06:02 PM

Hi - Boston Hound here looking for suggestions on where to go for dinner before an upcoming concert at the TD Garden. Good cocktails are a plus. Budget not an issue, we eat anything except I don't eat shellfish. Thanks!

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    Kat Sep 11, 2012 11:52 AM

    So, we ended up at Dante, since we parked near there to avoid the crowd leaving after the concert. The bruschetta was delicious, as was my spouse's pork belly. My rabbit tagliatelli was good, but a tad salty. Both dishes were a bit too hearty for the hot and humid night. The service was great, very attentive.

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      opinionatedchef Sep 11, 2012 12:31 PM

      Dante? in the Sonesta? well, next time you ask for 'close by', i'll have to remember that you are a hearty hiker!

      p.s. good to hear the food and serv were good; past reports seem to have leaned towards the minus iirc.

      1. re: opinionatedchef
        Kat Sep 11, 2012 03:47 PM

        Well, we took a taxi to the TD Garden from Dante, but hoofed it back and that was a HIKE in high heels!

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      joth68 Aug 27, 2012 12:51 PM

      Tip Tap Room is new and pretty good when it isn't completely mobbed(mixed reviews on ch but I like it) They have a good cocktail list and draft selection. I think the food is a bit overpriced but it has never not been anything but delicious.

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        Beachowolfe Aug 29, 2012 07:32 PM

        Tip Tap Room is good for drinks but the food was pretty bad IMO, definitely close to the Garden though.

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        Kat Aug 27, 2012 08:32 AM

        The North End is a good idea, if I can find a non red sauce place. We have just com back from a trip to Italy and it might be fun. Opinionated, I have been to Scampo three or four times and have never felt the "wow". Not that anything was bad, just not great.

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          opinionatedchef Aug 27, 2012 11:52 PM

          well darn! it's been getting such CH raves that i had in mind trying it soon.But i recently talked shop w/ a former scampo mngr who shared my love for some spots, and she raved a crab dish and lydia's way w/ duck, but that was it.darn.

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            Nab Aug 28, 2012 05:39 AM

            I almost always eat somewhere other than the vicinity of the Garden, but in a pinch I've had success at Lucca in the Norf End. Sit at the bar and there's a totally acceptable menu of snacks, the vast majority of the non-red sauce persuasion. I can't remember his name (Joanie will), but one of the regular bartenders knows his way around just about all my favourite classic cocktails.


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              Taralli Aug 28, 2012 06:09 AM

              Prezza is hoping to reopen in September. My choice.

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                KevinJF Aug 28, 2012 06:18 AM

                Prezza is now saying October for its reopening. I much prefer the food at Prezza as compared to Lucca. I live in the NE and have been to both places many times. I now only go to Lucca for drinks after some less than adequate food at high prices.

            2. Beachowolfe Aug 25, 2012 06:03 AM

              The closet place with a decent craft cocktail program is Woodward at the Ames Hotel, 10-15 minute walk. Really cool atmosphere and decent food. Plenty of threads to search.

              For the immediate Garden area I'll toss out Porters.They don't do the most inventive cocktails but have a good beer selection and the best food in an otherwise thaw-and-fry neighborhood.

              You could also try Taranta in the North End which has some good pisco drinks but limited selection of liquor. North End is the closest Option.

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                opinionatedchef Aug 25, 2012 11:23 AM

                beach, have you not been to scampo? alot closer than woodward and not CH raved like scampo.

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                  Beachowolfe Aug 26, 2012 02:00 PM

                  I'd say that Woodward is closer but they're about the same distance. Good cocktail program and decent food- Duck confit flatbread, short rib tortellini, cod, halibut, cavatelli to name a few.

                  Would you qualify Scampo as having craft cocktails? I don't think of it that way but maybe others do.

                  1. re: opinionatedchef
                    jgg13 Aug 28, 2012 06:33 AM

                    I don't recall Scampo being "CH raved", but perhaps I'm wrong. If it has been, I disagree with that sentiment. Also, to echo Beachowolfe, I don't think they do craft cocktails.

                2. opinionatedchef Aug 24, 2012 09:52 PM

                  There is alot of CH love for Scampo,in the Liberty Hotel at the base of Cambridge St at Storrow Dr. A CH search will bring up recent threads. It and TD are actually alot closer than one might think.

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                    Kat Aug 24, 2012 07:17 PM

                    OK, no Irish pubs. Looking for good craft cocktails, buzzy atmosphere and really any kind of food except exclusively shellfish. Party of 2. I used to work in this area but wondered if anything new has opened in the last 5 years.

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                      KevinJF Aug 24, 2012 06:52 PM

                      You are very close to the North End and Beacon Hill. Please specify what you want to eat, the atmosphere you seek, and your party size.

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