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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." http://boston.eater.com/archives/2013...

                  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.

                2. Ribelle?

                  The Japanese places in Coolidge Corner?

                  The Indian place in C Corner?

                  1. How about Sichuan Gourmet, where Chef Chang's used to be. Plenty of parking (unless there is a Fenway thing), delicious and reasonably priced food. I think they have alcohol since there is a bar at the entrance.

                    1. Tuesday shouldn't be a problem parking near st Mary's. so many hood options, like the aforementioned Sichuan gourmet cheap with a full bar, and elephant walk which is participating in restaurant week. Elephant walk has some excellent things. There's also a Mexican place near elephant I've heard good things about- sol Azteca. Also I like Otto and shiki sushi in Coolidge corner, both with liquor licenses

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                      1. re: fara

                        Also should have mentioned that Mexican won't work since I'm treating the same family to Mexican in NYC on Friday night (going to Maya, which I only slightly prefer to Toloache).

                      2. I also love Otto, and I've heard good things about Regal Beagle's new chef. Do you consider Lineage to be reasonably priced? Cognac Bistro was probably the best idea though. Also, if you were looking for something super casual, Dorado's amazing.

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                        1. Are you including D line in Green Line options? If so, how about Brookline Village for Orinoco or La Morra? Pomodoro or Matt Murphy's? Parking is usually ok around there....

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                          1. re: Science Chick

                            Sorry.....didn't remember the Beacon-centric request. Old age reeking havoc with my posts!

                            1. re: Science Chick

                              ok, I'm covering my ears and putting on my armor: I love the bar at Golden Temple and I think they make the best spareribs. That said (whew, I'm still alive), if you want comfort and good food along Beacon, Lineage is the best, Fireplace Grill is fine, Cognac Bistro is my next choice if you don't mind detouring a bit from Beacon, Khao Sarn is close to Beacon or, again a bit of a detour, Shanghai Garden in Brookline Village, Orinoco in the Village or La Morra on Route 9.