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Sep 9, 2013 12:35 PM

Yankee Lobster, Daily Catch, or Carmen

I'll be in Boston during the first week of October, and the Friday (4th) I planned on meeting up with a friend for Harpoon's Octoberfest at their brewery and then grabbing dinner afterwards.

I don't get good seafood or Italian where I currently live, so that's what I'm looking for.

I've narrowed it down to these 3, what I like about each (from what I've researched):
- Yankee Lobster for the variety of seafood they have.
- Daily Catch for the italian/seafood mix and the Seaport spot is supposed to have a great view.
- Carmen because it's Italian and have heard good things about it (I know that it's in the North End, not Seaport).

Can anyone help choose between the three?

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    1. re: Lefty721

      I'd eliminate Yankee. It's more of a seafood market that offers food. Self service. View of Northern Ave. I like it fine for lunch.

      Carmen is small and excellent.

      Daily Catch..great view. I ate at the the NE original recently and always enjoy it. That would be my choice; with the caveat that the Seaport had some complaints about not being as good as the NE..going back a few years.

      1. re: 9lives

        Personally, I love Yankee Lobster, regardless of the time of day. Post (presumably copious) beer consumption, I would think a lobster roll in chill environs within walking distance would hit the spot. (Though it might be busy due to Oktoberfest).

    2. yankee lobster is very bare-bones and more of a market that also does fried fish.

      seaport daily catch does have a lovely view but i have only had meh experiences there so gave up.

      carmen is in a whole other league, so... that.

      where are you staying?

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      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Thanks. We're staying in the South End near the Back Bay T Station.

        By Carmen being a whole other league, I assume you mean that in a good way?

      2. Carmen is a very nice spot with very good food, but it is very small so be sure to make a reservation. If you have a very large group you might want to have a fall back plan.

        1. I dunno how easy you plan on taking it at Harpoon but it's an absolute shitshow most of the time. Not sure that Carmen is the best choice of venues after that. Kind of a small, intimate place.

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          1. re: Beachowolfe

            however, unless you want to be part of the shitshow, it's best to get out of the seaport when you are done at harpoon that day. all the restaurants and bars hire extra security details for keeping the drunken crowds at bay.

            1. re: hotoynoodle

              Ah, thanks for the tips. I don't plan on being part of it once we leave Harpoon.

          2. lefty,in addition to the other good advice you've rcvd., just fyi, the most CH raved seafood places here are Neptune Oyster (North End) and Island Creek Oyster Bar (Kenmore Sq., 5 min cab from your hotel.) Tons of threads on both places. The No. End also has lots of interesting and unique Italian places: Galleria Umberto for lunch or snack, Modern Pastry for Italian Bakery (Bread and Butter for French bakery), Caffe Dello Sport for Gelato, etc.

            Hope this might also be helpful:

            Guide to Boston by Areas and Restaurants:


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            1. re: opinionatedchef

              Thanks OC. This will be my third time in Boston, I'd move there if it wasn't for my job!

              The last time I visited we actually did Neptune, ICOB, Galleria Umberto, and Modern, haha. We're doing ICOB again since it was so amazing the first time, but that's the only one we're doing again this time.

              1. re: Lefty721

                ha! so glad you've done those and also that ICOB was such a hit for you. let us know if we can help further.