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Nov 7, 2012 01:05 PM

Good Takeout Near Prudential Center (SE/BB)

Hi Everyone,

We just moved from NYC up to Boston. We are currently living right near the Prudential Center in the South End/Back Bay area. So far I have been underwhelmed by takeout, but I'm assuming I just don't know the right places. We love good sushi. Doesn't have to be Haru-expensive or a chain. Just good quality. I'd love to have a great thin-crust pizza. Thai, Vietnamese, Greek/Mediterranean. I'm not seeing much in this area on or that excites me. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. Here is my regular list for take out.

    Thai or Vietnamese from the same talented kitchen- Pho Basil on Mass Ave.

    Chilli Duck on Boylston across from the Pru

    Pad Thai Cafe on Boylston across Mass Ave.

    Pizza at Bostone Pizza on Newbury near Fairfield.-

    Cafe Jaffa on Gloucester for Middle Eastern-

    Persian/middle eastern at Moby DIck House of Kebob-

    Indian from India Samraat on Mass Ave.

    That should give you a few to try.


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    1. re: BostonZest

      Thanks very much. I actually tried Pho Basil the other night and it was very good. Any good sushi takeout places? Everything seems to be overpriced and too "fancy."

      1. re: UWStoSONO

        The sushi place in the Park Sq building isn't bad and it's definitely not fancy.

        1. re: C. Hamster

          Thanks. Do you know the name of the restaurant and if they deliver?

          1. re: UWStoSONO

            Samurai Express - (I can't speak for their food


            You might also give Jae's Cafe a whirl - particularly if you're fond of wacky rolls and aren't looking for top-tier nigiri/sashimi - they also deliver. Douzo is probably the highest quality soosh in the nabe, but it comes at a cost (not including delivery fees).

            Pad Thai Cafe should be on your short list - the translated Thai menu is another thread on this board that you'll need to bookmark.

            Picco probably delivers to you as well, though it's a bit more of a Neapolitan-style of pizza rather than a NY-style thin. Mangia is apparently re-opening and may be more to your tastes.

            The Middle Eastern options are not a good value - Moby Dick in particular is egregiously spendy, if I am seeking kubideh and the like I usually opt for El Khayyam (which delivers through Foodler). Otherwise, for the simple kababery Cafe Jaffa is good enough, though also not a great value, but I'm obsessed with their green hot sauce so they get the nod more times than they probably should. Plus, they're just great folks.

            Steve's Greek Cuisine is your only option if you're actually looking for Greek food (as opposed to the ubiquitous college-kid delivery 'greek' grub). And Steve's is quite good, but also pricey. Sometimes you just gotta get your taramosalata and loukaniko fix though.

            Vietnamese you are probably best off ordering from Pho Pasteur (through Foodler), though if Pho Basil satisfied you, perhaps you're all set.

            The Indian options are pretty horrible, but India Samraat has a few decent things, like their daals.

            Take a look at Foodler if you haven't already - there's a good bit of diverse dining options available to you.

            1. re: Nab

              Gourmet India in the Prudential food court is actually surprisingly good and probably better than any of the sit down indian places in that area...

        2. re: UWStoSONO

          My regular for sushi takeout is Symphony Sushi on Gainesborough off Huntington Ave. Reliably fresh and good. Its fancy sake don (grilled salmon, raw salmon & salmon eggs on sushi rice) is a big Friday night fave.

          1. re: marais

            Thanks to everyone for all the suggestions. I tried Symphony last night and it was pretty good. Closest to what I've been looking for so far.

            Still having trouble with pizza, although, I just found out Figs delivers to Back Bay. Waiting on my order now.

            Speaking of pizza: I ordered Picco one night and to be honest it was on par with maybe a pizza hut or something like that. Pretty much thick and terrible. Mostly bread. Anyone else have this experience. Also, I walked by Coppa the other day and it looked very nice. I decided to take a pizza and a pasta dish out from there. Maybe it was just this one visit, but it was one of the saltiest meals I've ever had. Am I the only one who has had this happen. I'll try them again but this was disappointing because it's so nice inside and the reviews were fantastic.

            1. re: UWStoSONO

              I've never lived in NYC but spend a ton of time there and prefer NYC style pizza. Bready pizza and tons of crust annnnnnnnnnoy me. Unless its a deep dish I get while in Chicago.

              Figs uses a cracker crust. That said I will not give that snake Todd English any of my business.

              P.s. I have had OK pizza from the Regina's food court.

              1. re: C. Hamster

                Just to be clear, Picco is a true Neapolitan style pizza similar to Motorino in NY. Much better than Pru foodcourt Regina's, and among the better spots in town IMO.

                Little Stevies on Boylston is probably closer to that inferior pie known as "New York style", and certainly much closer than the cracker crust style of Figs.

              2. re: UWStoSONO

                Now that you mention it, my recollection of Picco is that it's a bit more robust than a true Neapolitan pizzapie, but I can't recall it being in the same (deep-fried) style as The Hut.

                I think you should give NY Pizza a try (Mass Ave & Columbus - they deliver). Many of my NY friends seem to enjoy it (even in the sober state!).

                I tried the recently re-opened Mangia, which is more akin to a New Haven style and utilizes a tasty whole wheat dough. My white clam pie was only sparsely topped wtih clams and garlic and too much cheese, and the crust itself was a bit underdone for my liking but overall not a bad thinner crust pie. I think next time I'll phone in the order (instead of Foodler) and make my obsessive requests with a human being directly ("no less than 1 cup chopped clams and *precisely* four cloves of minced garlic evenly distributed, no more than 1/2 cup *freshly* grated pec, none of that pre-grated crap, cooked medium-well, that means there should be some char and only an inch of flop on the tip of a slice, etc etc ......").

                1. re: Nab

                  I did overstate because as far as I know Picco isn't VPN-certified (but definitely not deep fried!). I doubt their oven hits 900F to produce a 30-second pie, but I do put it up there with the other "Neapolitans" like Gran Gusto and Posto.

                  1. re: Nab

                    If Mangia is doing the same pies they were before they closed for a very long renovation, then they are the best pizza delivery and possibly best pizza in the neighborhood says this born and bred New Yorker (Mimi's was our spot). I do love Picco but when you want delivery Mangia is the answer, or was, pre-renovation.

                  2. re: UWStoSONO

                    Speaking of pizza in the nabe, I'll put a word in for Woody's on Hemenway between Boylston St and Westland Ave. Reliable brick oven pies and my regular for such. Don't think it delivers but you're close enough to pick up, also the bar features a good variety of beers on tap and a decent wine roster.

            2. Georgianna'a on Tremont has some decent Greek takeout

              1. Boston Chowda Co in the food court at the Prudential Food Court has really good versions of mac and cheese like lobster mac and cheese, buffalo chicken mac and cheese. Their chowders and lobster rolls are good too. They recently started delivering.

                1. When The Salty Pig handed out slices of their very good thin crust pizza at my polling place to those of us who'd been waiting in line for over an hour during lunchtime on the 6th, I was reminded of my fondness for them. Their benevolence also answered the question of where to get takeout pies for that night's election party, at which they won the popular vote in a landslide. I don't know if they offer delivery, though.

                  1. South End Pita delivers and does a delicious shwarma, delicious falafel. Picco is great and will deliver -- try the Caesar especially, but also fish tacos and grilled cheese. House of Siam always impressed us (Tremont, no experience with Columbus). I also love B. Good for dinner in a pinch. Dumpling Cafe is the best delivery from Chinatown (for a fee, I think).