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stuart954 Aug 22, 2013 04:07 PM

looking for 3 great dinners in back bay, we dont have a car, price is not an issue just want great food in a low key enviorment, thanks

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    cambridgedoctpr RE: stuart954 Aug 22, 2013 04:32 PM

    you do not need a car to get out of back bay.

    there are plenty of places that are close to the T.

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      stuart954 RE: cambridgedoctpr Aug 22, 2013 04:53 PM

      where would you suggest

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        cambridgedoctpr RE: stuart954 Aug 23, 2013 04:21 AM

        I live in cambridge and so know it best:

        on the red line

        central square has rendevous and craigie
        harvard square has rialto and tamarind bay, a fine indian restaurant

        heading toward brookline on the green line:

        sichuan gourmet and trattoria toscana

        ont the way to chinatown is Troquet good food and great wine at a great price. And then there are many place in chinatown worth hitting including East Ocean Seafood.

        In the south end, Coppa and Toro

        i should add Japanese: Uni, O Ya and Oishi

        the choices are plentiful

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          Gabatta RE: cambridgedoctpr Aug 23, 2013 04:33 AM

          Apparently you don't know Cambridge as well as you think. Tamarind Bay has closed.

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            cambridgedoctpr RE: Gabatta Sep 4, 2013 09:11 AM

            i knew it was closing; i had not realized that it had closed.

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              cambridgedoctpr RE: cambridgedoctpr Sep 4, 2013 10:58 AM

              the owners of Tamarind Bay are looking to reopen in Cambridge.

    2. BostonZest RE: stuart954 Aug 22, 2013 04:55 PM

      Most of the Back Bay is filled with chain restaurants. Are you looking for fine dining? There are a few great ethnic places but I live in the Back Bay and take a nice walk or the subway to find great fine dining.

      That the Number 1 Bus to Cambridge and have a great meal with low key environment at Rendezvous in Central Square.

      Walk to the South End and enjoy a memorable meal at Hamersley's Bistro.

      Walk to Jersey Street in the Fenway and enjoy the food at Trattoria Toscana.

      I'm sure others will add more low key favorites to your list.

      If you like Indian, Thai, Middle Eastern, classic diner, or over to top elegant dining, I can give you Back Bay options.


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        stuart954 RE: BostonZest Aug 22, 2013 05:30 PM

        we like low key fine dining , love ethnic food

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          pollystyrene RE: stuart954 Aug 22, 2013 05:50 PM

          Cafe Jaffa?

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            BostonZest RE: stuart954 Aug 23, 2013 03:53 AM

            Ah then you have more options.

            India Samraat or Pho Basil (Thai/ Vietnamese) on Massachusetts Avenue.
            As pollystyrene said Cafe Jaffa for Israeli Eastern (Gloucester Street)
            Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Newbury for breakfast all day and diner food.

            9lives mentioned La Voile for French. I forgot that one. And, I also forgot Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel for more French.

        2. C. Hamster RE: stuart954 Aug 22, 2013 05:59 PM

          Back bay is not an eater destination spot.

          Check out all the other posts
          And links on Boston/Cambridge dining and walk, take theT, or cab it out of there

          Btw consider island Creek oyster bar. A long but easy walk or 2 subway stops.

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            9lives RE: stuart954 Aug 23, 2013 03:35 AM

            In Back Bay, L'Espalier..formal French

            La Voile (the sail) more casual French. Owners had a restaurant in Cannes and opened on Newbury St a few years ago

            Clio..Ken Oringer flagship restuarant..creatve French w/Asian influence..under the same roof is Uni..creative Japanese, hard to find foods form the sea

            Grill 23..1 of Boston's first "prime" steakhouse. Everything is well executed..LOUD

            Deauxave..haven't been yet but has gotten some great reviews here.

            Island Creek Oyster Bar..short walk in the Fenway area..try to hit on a non Red Sox night.

            The South End has many great restaurants and is a short walk from Back Bay. I would include the SE in any restaurant search if you're staying in Back Bay.

            Hamersley's Bistro is "counry French" and long 1 of Boston's best.

            Myer's and Chang..Creative Asian

            Mana Escondido..very casual, Puerto Rican

            Estragon..had a nice paella and tapas recently.

            Coppa..casual Italian, pizzas, charcuterie and more

            just to name a few..

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              hotoynoodle RE: 9lives Aug 23, 2013 03:54 AM

              will add sorrelina to this list for formal italian in a very pretty room and some of the city's best service.

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                total13 RE: 9lives Aug 23, 2013 05:50 AM

                Thank you for actually listing some Back Bay restaurants. It's not quite as bleak as everyone always makes it out to be. While I agree that a short walk into the south end or Kenmore offers a ton more choices, as does a quick subway ride, there are places in the Back Bay. Besides the above mostly nicer restaurants, there's the Salty Pig for charcuterie and drinks, Chili Duck for decent Thai, Lucca for $$ Italian and a nice bar, Parish Cafe for fun sandwiches, the Pour House for funkiness and passable food, Mistral for $$$ in a great room, Bistro du Midi for $$ French also in a nice room and Davio's for northern Italian in a fun atmosphere (yes it's part of a small chain).

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                  addiez RE: total13 Sep 4, 2013 06:41 AM

                  Ditto Salty Pig!

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                  calvnhobs6 RE: 9lives Aug 23, 2013 06:56 AM

                  Love Deuxave, can highly recommend. My favorite dish is the Steak Tartare/Carpaccio appetizer (that's right, it's both) The service is really fantastic as well.

                  I also went to Asta for the first time last night. A bit pricey getting the 5 course tasting and drinks, but I must say, one of the best meals I've had in a long time. It was a very unique restaurant experience from start to finish.

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                  pemma RE: stuart954 Aug 23, 2013 05:58 AM

                  Chinatown is obviously not in Back Bay, but it sounds like it may interest you. You do not have to stay in the Back Bay. Boston is very easy to get around by foot and by subway.

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                    stuart954 RE: pemma Aug 23, 2013 08:46 AM

                    what would you suggest there?

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                      BostonZest RE: stuart954 Aug 24, 2013 05:29 AM

                      Chinatown favorite Xing Xing for Vietnamese. Peach Farm, Gourmet Dumpling House.

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                    catsmeow RE: stuart954 Aug 23, 2013 07:03 AM

                    The Atlantic Fish Co, which is right in Copley Sq, is very good for seafood.

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                      carneyvore RE: stuart954 Aug 23, 2013 08:58 AM

                      Brasserie Jo on Huntington, Gaslight on Harrison, both nice bistros. Island Creek in Kenmore is very good, but hard to get into. If you want to splurge on a steak, Grill 23 & Abe & Louis both in Back Bay, are solid.

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                        catsmeow RE: carneyvore Aug 23, 2013 09:01 AM

                        I agree with all of canevore's recs. All are good.

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                          C. Hamster RE: carneyvore Aug 24, 2013 10:35 AM

                          I also agree with the exception of Abe and Louie's

                          I used to be a fan but its tanked, IMO

                          And the food at Gaslight was crappy the last time I ate there but I will give it another chance.

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                            Fort Point RE: C. Hamster Sep 4, 2013 09:06 AM

                            Was also disappointed in our meal last Wed. at Gaslight. Not rushing back.

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                          Tucker23 RE: stuart954 Sep 5, 2013 08:14 AM

                          1. Grill 23 for great steak and great seafood
                          2. Atlantic fish for exceptional seafood.
                          3.I know many people will not agree with this suggestion but I recently ate at the Top Of The Hub, great menu, the food and service were outstanding and the view can't be beat. i will go back very soon.

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                            addiez RE: Tucker23 Sep 5, 2013 10:07 AM

                            I probably had the worst service I've ever had in Boston at Top of the Hub. If not that, second worst. I would say that it's not worth the price you pay, even if the service had been better.

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                              Tucker23 RE: addiez Sep 5, 2013 11:28 AM

                              I have also experienced what you described but we were there recently and something has changed it was wonderful and we will be back soon for brunch.

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