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Feb 22, 2013 12:44 PM

Any new restaurants near Symphony Hall?

I am a little tired of Symphony Sushi and I thought that some new restaurants might be opening up near Symphony Hall. Any suggestions of new good options?

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  1. Not new and, while good, not memorable, but we do like Pho & I.

    1. Estelle's is newish, and nearish. Asta is a short walk away down Mass Ave (near Clio). Fogo de Chao and the Oak Long Bar & Kitchen are one Green Line stop away. There's a Sweet Tomatoes pizzeria in the Curry Center at NU a few blocks / one E train stop the other way; it's like the Upper Crust, but not assholish!

      A replacement for the old Columbus Cafe, from the Five Horses Tavern folks, should be coming online shortly. Not sure I've heard any news of a replacement for Betty's, but I can't believe that space will lie fallow for long.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Actually, word last fall was that the Ginger Exchange folks were opening a second location in the former Betty's space, although I haven't been in that neighborhood in ages so I have no idea what, if any, progress there has been. (They're also on the verge of opening Mission Sushi & Wok at Brigham Circle, in the former Savant Project space.)

        1. re: Allstonian

          A Ginger Exchange is indeed under construction in the old (and failed Chino Cubano) Betty's space across from Symphony Hall. (BTW, remember Betty's predesessor, Anna's Diner? say no more.) And on the same side of the Hall, Five Guys threatens to open but it's not there yet. Hoping here that the former Symphony 8 space on Westland behind the Hall turns into a better venue than it was, I'd frankly be good with a return to Malaysian if it was done right.

          But still the best pre-Symphony option in the nabe (if you count near the Pru as being in the nabe) is Brasserie Jo. It's been the best around here for years. You can park there too, if you're coming in by car.

          1. re: marais

            Agreed. Brasserie Jo is my longstanding pre- and post-Symphony first choice.


            1. re: MC Slim JB

              Same here. Solid menu, wonderful cozy room, good service, and -- as I've said any number of times -- the walk down Huntington from the Colonnade to Symphony Hall is my favorite evening stroll in the entire city. Can't wait for our next symphony night!