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Sep 4, 2012 09:21 AM

Dinner near Boston Institute of Contemporary Art?

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

    1. 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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      1. re: jpcat

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

        1. re: scfinson

          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.

          1. re: scfinson

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

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

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          1. re: pemma

            Not as close as Daily Catch at the Courthouse.

            1. re: pemma

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

            2. 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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              1. re: BellaBoston

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

                1. re: scfinson

                  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.

                  1. re: scfinson

                    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.