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Sep 18, 2012 01:47 PM

Boston Newbie/College Visit


We are New Yorkers going for college visits in Boston Early October.

Embarressed to say we have never been to Boston!!

We are staying at the Hotel Commonwealth and will have our car (which we are hoping to not have to use)

We love good food! Any restaurant recs in the area of the hotel or near BU?

We like all food.

Thanks in advance!


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  1. At your hotel - Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar.

    1. How many meals? Breakfast and lunch as well as dinner? Price points?

      Bob's two suggestions are both board favorites.

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      1. re: mkfisher

        board favs- Oh great to know!!!

        we need

        Saturday Lunch and dinner
        Sunday Bfast lunch abd dinner
        Monday Maybe lunch

        price is open............... We are used to NYC prices etc. Do not mind paying for great meals

        Thanks so much!!

        1. re: doberlady

          Booked both Eastern Standard and Island Creek

          now to look up the difference in all of the oyster selections!

          Would dress jeans and a nice top work for both?

          1. re: doberlady

            Yes, Boston is a very casual town for dress. The Hawthorne (also in your hotel) is a top notch craft cocktail bar if that appeals (and it may after seeing the college and living costs here!).

        2. And no bothersome October Red Sox playoff games next door :(

          1. Sunday brunch at east Coast Grill in Cambridge if you like interesting food and Bloody marys

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            1. re: C. Hamster

              Back from Boston. Had a wondeful time. It's really a shame it took us so long to visit.

              We ate dinner at Eastern Standard and one night at Island Creek and had drinks at The Hawthorne.

              I liked dinner at Eastern Standard best. We shared 4 dozen oysters which were amazing (Wellfleet and Moon Shoal). 2 orders of bone marrow and hubby had a steak LOL

              The cocktails were all so different and amazing. I tried so many new combinations and flavors.

              We went to The Hawthorne before dinner Saturday and I looked like a soccer mom. Everyone there was so hip looking. Note to self to bring more trendy clothing.

              Drinks and dinner Sunday night at Island Creek. The bartender was soooooo friendly and helpful in picking cocktails. Truly cocktail masters in all 3 places.

              We were lucky and happened upon Octoberfest in Harvard Square and that was soooooo much fun!! Ate a lot of street food and had a few beers in the corralled beer areas. My daughter had a flafel wrap (wrapped like a burrito) from some tiny little place and she loved it.

              We LOVED Hotel Commonwealth. The room and hotel was just beautiful and everyone so very nice.

              I can't wait to go back!

              1. re: doberlady

                thanks so much for letting us know you enjoyed your stay. do come back and try some of our other good stops.

                1. re: doberlady

                  The cocktail programs at all three are curated by the same guy (Jackson Cannon) who is a top notch guy. All three places also share an employee training philosophy that is unfortunately not used at every place in town. They do truly have some of Boston's best service at all three (even when things go wrong). Glad you enjoyed everything, thanks for posting your trip report, and I hope you can come back to Boston and try some more of our great restaurants!

                  1. re: kimfair1

                    well, My daughter LOVED BU. If she winds up there we will be seeking out the daily specials at the 7-11 as we will be broke LOL

                    PS- I am obsessed with the metal stirrer/straw that they use at The Hawthorne. I have to find some to buy!

                    1. re: doberlady

                      I love those metal stirrer-straws, too! Here's a link:


                      Thanks for reporting back and posting photos. You look too young to have a kid in college. It must be all that good eating and drinking!

                      1. re: doberlady

                        As a BU grad (grad school, admittedly) I can attest that it's a pretty fine place to school.

                        Plus, you have the abundance of Boston around you with maybe more trees than NYC.

                        Whatever she decides, come back for another visit!

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          thanks for the link. I ordered 2 sets. And more importantly, thanks for the compliment LOL My oldest is 28 and my youngest is 7.

                          We just loved Boston and BU. The rental bikes were pretty neat

                2. One of my all-time favorites, Sichuan Gourmet, is just down the street (1004 Beacon St.). Definitely not your typical NYC Chinese food!

                  edit: OOPS just saw that they're already back from Boston.

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