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

Swankalicious Sep 6, 2012 04:18 PM

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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    cookfood RE: Swankalicious Sep 6, 2012 04:20 PM

    ive heard good things about deep ellum in allston :)

    1. MC Slim JB RE: Swankalicious Sep 6, 2012 04:47 PM

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


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        cambridgedoctpr RE: MC Slim JB Sep 15, 2012 04:30 PM

        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.

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          Blumie RE: cambridgedoctpr Sep 16, 2012 06:46 PM

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

          Not at all true.

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            cambridgedoctpr RE: Blumie Sep 16, 2012 07:07 PM

            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.

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              cjd260 RE: cambridgedoctpr Sep 17, 2012 06:30 AM

              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. Boston_Otter RE: Swankalicious Sep 6, 2012 05:03 PM

        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. Luther RE: Swankalicious Sep 6, 2012 05:22 PM

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

          1. Pia RE: Swankalicious Sep 6, 2012 05:35 PM

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

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              Stride RE: Swankalicious Sep 6, 2012 05:54 PM

              YoMa for delicious Burmese food in an utterly unpretentious setting.

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                dulce de leche RE: Stride Sep 6, 2012 08:15 PM

                I second that. And add Muqueca, Casa Portugal.

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                  teezeetoo RE: dulce de leche Sep 6, 2012 08:40 PM

                  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?

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                    Aromatherapy RE: teezeetoo Sep 7, 2012 07:44 AM

                    Fourth. East by Northeast for something a little fancier.

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                QuakerInBoston RE: Swankalicious Sep 7, 2012 05:24 AM

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

                1. hiddenboston RE: Swankalicious Sep 7, 2012 09:01 AM

                  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.

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                    LeoLioness RE: Swankalicious Sep 7, 2012 09:37 AM

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

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                      cjd260 RE: Swankalicious Sep 7, 2012 12:21 PM

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

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                        David_A RE: Swankalicious Sep 7, 2012 12:25 PM

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

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                          hiddenboston RE: David_A Sep 7, 2012 01:44 PM

                          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.

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                            CookieLee RE: David_A Sep 17, 2012 06:53 AM

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

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                            nightsky RE: Swankalicious Sep 7, 2012 03:40 PM

                            Cafe de Lulu in Chinatown

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                              chowaholic RE: Swankalicious Sep 15, 2012 04:08 PM

                              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.

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                                valcfield RE: Swankalicious Sep 17, 2012 07:32 AM

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

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                                  chevrelove RE: Swankalicious Sep 17, 2012 09:24 AM

                                  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.

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