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Fun, divey little food nerd places to hit up with a Brooklynite friend?

We'll grab a drink at backbar and snacks at Casa B. Possibly visiting Strip T's, too. Any other recommendations for unpretentious, delicious food? Nothing glitzy, glam, or spendy?

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  1. ive heard good things about deep ellum in allston :)

    1. Taiwan Cafe, the blackboard menu at Thai North, S&I Thai, Kaju Tofu House.


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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        i would go for seafood; that is what my Soho friends want when in Boston.

        NYC has very good seafood (La Bernadin) but at a price. Good and not expensive seafood is harder to get there. what about a clam shack or ICOB or the pan fried lobster at the Summer Shack?

        Of course Strip-Ts would be good.

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          "Good and not expensive seafood is harder to get there."

          Not at all true.

          1. re: Blumie

            that is what my partners who live in soho say. When we want seafood, it is Bernadin, J-G, Masa, and Nobu.. Good but not inexpensive.

            But I am always interested in learning more. As the guys at New Deal say, in NYC, you get the best seafood and the worst.

            I would like to hear about the best that is less expensive; I would like to learn.

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              Well, ICOB isn't exactly inexpensive, and for the price, frankly I think Aquagrill's better.

              As for clam shacks, lobster rolls, etc.: yes, they tend to be tremendously overpriced in New York (I recall active CH threads ever spring with people comparing notes on mayonnaisey, undersized $30 lobster rolls in Manhattan), but I'm actually curious where to find these in Boston. I usually end up on the north shore for fried seafood and chowder (Park Lunch in Newburyport or any of the Cape Ann clam shacks for fried, Lobsta Land in Gloucester or the Grog in Newburyport for chowder); where is there in Boston that's comparable and not overly expensive?

      2. Definitely Strip-T's -- you can brag about how Boston's got a Momofuku chef.

        Snacks at Saloon can be good, depending on what's on offer.

        1. Brooklynite = Park Slope, Williamsburg, East New York, Midwood, or Sunset Park? Too many possible stereotypes here to pick the right vibe.

          1. Clover, either in truck form or at their Harvard Square shop? (Trucks at Dewey Square are more fun)

            1. YoMa for delicious Burmese food in an utterly unpretentious setting.

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              1. re: Stride

                I second that. And add Muqueca, Casa Portugal.

                1. re: dulce de leche

                  3rd Yoma - add Bon Chon for fun and great chicken and Cognac Bistro because its not expensive and new yorkers rarely get dollar oysters - my NY friends also love Shanghai Gate (they have lots of good szechuan but nothing quite as simple and cleanlined as Shanghai Gate according to them) - they also love ESK and ask to go whenever they are here - not too pricey, great drinks, relaxed vibe also not so easy to come by in NY - who knew? and of course include my vote for StripT's - what's not to like except the bathroom?

                  1. re: teezeetoo

                    Fourth. East by Northeast for something a little fancier.

              2. Strip Ts in Watertown was the first place to jump to mind before even reading your post.

                1. Brooklynite, huh? I'd say jm Curley in downtown Boston, City Girl Cafe in Inman Square, Picco in the South End, and Rino's in Eastie all have a bit of a Brooklyn feel to them, IMO, so any of them could work.

                  1. Are you trying to pick a place that feels like it could be in Brooklyn?

                    1. East by Northeast. The prix fixe is one of the best deals around.

                      1. Lonestar Taco Bar in Allston or the patio @ Atwoods Tavern. Both are very Williamsburg.

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                        1. re: David_A

                          Oh yes, Atwoods. Reminds me of some of the places around Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens. Great place to sip and beer and do some people-watching.

                          1. re: David_A

                            +1 for Lonestar., had the same thought when I was there.

                          2. Cafe de Lulu in Chinatown

                            1. Well, if they're food nerds, they probably don't want to feel like they're in brooklyn when they travel, right? So maybe places kind of uniquely boston. Like Santarpios - worlds away from NY pizza, but so good, and a fun divey little scene. Or No Name Seafood or Leone's subs in Winter Hill? Or Punjabi Dhaba!! Deluxe Town Diner is fun. Belle Isle Seafood in Winthrop. Angela's in Eastie? Guess these places are a little out of the way.

                              1. +1 to jmcurley. food and drink both creative and well priced.

                                1. Not exactly divey, but a food nerd Brooklynite friend who recently came to visit enjoyed our trip to Journeyman. He said there are places like it in Brooklyn/NYC, but he liked that Journeyman's menu was at a much more approachable price point.