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Dinner near Boston Institute of Contemporary Art?

scfinson Sep 4, 2012 09:21 AM

In October I have to go to a business function reception at BICA and was hoping to find a dinner spot within walking distance. Prefer modern local ingredient type place? Any help is appreciated.

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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: scfinson Sep 4, 2012 09:45 AM

    Dare I say, Legal Seafood Harborside - it's modern and some fish is local -
    Also Legal Test Kitchen - more modern
    Or Menton

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      jpcat RE: scfinson Sep 4, 2012 09:50 AM

      Within walking distance on one side of the ICA (along the Harbor Walk): Strega on the Waterfront (Italian), Sam's at Louis and Meritage at the Harbor Hotel.

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        scfinson RE: jpcat Sep 4, 2012 12:10 PM

        How about if I widen the search to within 1/2 hour walking distance?

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          teezeetoo RE: scfinson Sep 4, 2012 01:49 PM

          if money is no object, o ya is walkable. Les Zygomates is a good french bistro, often has live jazz (noisy but fun). Chinatown is walkable and you can check the board for lots of recommendations (I like Windsor for non-cart dim sum style dining and Best Little Restaurant but there are many posts on C-town). I have not been to Trade myself but I believe it is also walkable and you can check reviews here or on line.

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            jpcat RE: scfinson Sep 4, 2012 01:53 PM

            The North End Italian neighborhood is a pleasant 20 minute walk away. That opens up more possibilities which you can research on this board.

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          pemma RE: scfinson Sep 4, 2012 06:27 PM

          Daily Catch (Northern Ave. location) is very close.

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            L2k RE: pemma Sep 11, 2012 07:53 AM

            Not as close as Daily Catch at the Courthouse.

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              libertywharf RE: pemma Sep 11, 2012 11:54 AM

              I agree the walk to the north end is about 20 minutes. The north end would be a good choice.

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              BellaBoston RE: scfinson Sep 10, 2012 11:09 AM

              Menton and O Ya, if money is not an issue. Legal Harborside is very good and offers one floor of more casual fare and a higher end menu on the second floor...LTK is not very good imho. Sam's at Louis is excellent and very close, and Radius is a bit further but well within a 15 minute walk.

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                scfinson RE: BellaBoston Sep 10, 2012 03:48 PM

                What about Sportello?The reception at ICA is on a Sunday so O YA is out. Menton too pricey and formal I think.

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                  Kitamonster RE: scfinson Sep 11, 2012 01:09 PM

                  Sportello is quite good, if that's the kind of cuisine you're looking for. Sam's has the best view in town imho. Daily Catch is VERY hit or miss. If it's a nice day though, the settings put Sams and Legal at the top of the list. Don't be dissuaded by the fact that Legal has become a big chain - this location is really lovely and fun.

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                    skoenigsberg RE: scfinson Sep 14, 2012 09:28 AM

                    We liked Sportello. Casual atmosphere - designed to be "diner"-y and actually a little too casual for my otherwise plebeian taste - but fresh pasta is amazing. There's one with mint and ricotta that I had twice one week it was so good.

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