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May 8, 2013 07:24 AM

Coming to Boston and looking for...

We are staying in the financial district and looking for some great eats.

Looking for...the best ramen, Szechuan, and other not-to-miss ethnic such as Thai, Greek or Indian.

For Italian is Giacomo's still good?

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  1. Since you are not getting any responses, I will chime in. Haven't been but Yume Wo Katare in Porter Square seems to get all of the press for Ramen (with long lines). Nothing spectacular downtown that I know of. IMHO Gourmet Dumpling House is the best place for Szechuan (and Taiwanese) downtown, although New Shanghai, despite the name, has a very good Szechuan menu. Giacomo's is still good for Italian if you don't mind the wait. The top two places, which are expensive, in the N. End are IMHO are Mama Maria and Prezza. Not great Thai, Greek or Indian downtown, although good Vietnamese (Xing Xing) and Malaysian (Penang). Hope that this is helpful.

    1. My favorite ramen spot is still Sapporo Ramen also in Porter Square. Yumewokatare, also in Porter, will probably have more fans but I don't like waiting in the somewhat ridiculous lines.

      I'll echo the idea of New Shanghai for Szechuan.

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      1. re: mkfisher

        I'm surprised how cheap the ramen is at Sapporo. Half the price for good ramen in NYC. I'm suspicious.

      2. Montien is probably the closest decent Thai and Penang is good Malaysian, both close. If you don't mind expensive, Prezza is my choice for Italian and if you consider French "ethnic", your right near Les Zygomates which is very very good. Also not far from Erbaluce which is an experience if you love Northern Italian and subtle.

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        1. re: teezeetoo

          I'd also recommend Petit Robert Central, if you're looking for French!

        2. One thing Boston has to offer is exceptionally good Spanish food. The top two restaurants in town are Taberna de Haro on Beacon St (first above-ground stop on the C line) and Estragon in the South End.

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          1. re: BobB

            I think many (including myself) would argue that Toro is as good, if not better than Estragon and Taberna de Haro. This comes with the usual Toro caveats of them not taking reservations/crazy long waits at prime hours.

            1. re: mkfisher

              Depends on whether you're looking for authentic or not - I would say that Toro isn't as authentic, although it is delicious.

              1. re: addiez

                My feeling as well - I've spent a lot of time in Spain and TdH and Estragon serve food that is really like what I've eaten there.

                1. re: addiez

                  Something else to consider for visitors is that we (Eastern Seaboard) have access to some European wines that other parts of the country don't get (in particular Portuguese and Spanish for Boston, but also French and Italian). While Toro has some decent affordable selections, the combination of Estragon and TdH have much broader selection and more reserve wines. Probably not what the OP was looking for, but a consideration for some.

                  1. re: itaunas

                    A bit off topic, but Central Bottle just sent out email about a pop-up "Txakoli festival" outside Belly/Blue Room on this Thursday 5/23 (where the Blue Room serves lunch). $45/pp in advance including Txakoli, sardines, pig, and octopus per their propaganda.

                    1. re: itaunas

                      Oh MAN, I am so sad to not be in town. That sounds delicious.

            2. Depending on whether you're up for an excursion, Gran Gusto in Cambridge has wonderful Italian food.