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Aug 14, 2013 08:11 AM

Help me avoid Golden Temple

So here's the issue. The wife and I need to meet 3 other family members for dinner next Tuesday. They want to meet somewhere along the Green Line, preferably on Beacon St. between Park Drive and Cleveland Circle. There also needs to be parking nearby. Also, prices have to be reasonable (sub $25 entrees). They also don't want to go to places like The Abbey, Audubon Circle, Washington Square Tavern and the Publick House. They also don't want Spanish/tapas, so that knocks out Taberna de Haro and Barcelona Tapas. New Rod Dee work, but there's no waiter service or alcohol. I'd love to do Island Creek, but they don't want to deal with Kenmore. They want to go to Golden Temple because I can't think of anything better. Any ideas?

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  1. Shanghai gate is your answer, I don't know if they have a beer/wine license or not.

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    1. re: lc02139

      Unfortunately Shanghai Gate is not licensed.

      If Rod Dee would work, how about Khao Sarn in Coolidge Corner? They're licensed.

      1. re: lc02139

        I forgot about the Tuesday requirement and it seems like Shang-hai gate is closed on Tuesdays, but at least it seems there are plenty alternatives to Golden Temple.

          1. Khao Sarn could work for this as could Otto Pizza (although it may be too casual. They do have beer/wine)

            Matt Murphy's could also work.

            1. How about Cognac Bistro which is only a few blocks from Beacon. They have decent oysters, have their own parking lot, waiter service and alcohol. Price point works as well.

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              1. re: Gordough

                Is Cognac still open? I recently saw a mention of an August closing date for them.

                1. re: Scruffy The Cat

                  Cognac is still open. Eater Boston article says it's closing "by the end of the year."

                  1. re: Scruffy The Cat

                    I had dinner at Cognac a few days ago, and it's still booking on OpenTable.

                    Lots of good ideas offered here already: Khao Sarn, Cognac, Sichuan Gourmet. I think Otto is great, too, though it is casual. I'd add Lineage, Fugakyu, and perhaps Gari or Shiki on the more casual side.

                    If you really want to roll the dice, try walking into Ribelle; they don't take reservations (yet), but have a serious cocktail program and a very interesting (if at times controversially labeled) wine list.


                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Ribelle was the original plan, but they're closed on Tuesdays.