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Nov 8, 2013 09:19 AM

Newbury Street with Teen Girls

Going into Boston for dinner and a concert. Both girls have discriminating palates. One gluten free. Mid rage price point. Recommendations?

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  1. Discriminating palates in what way? Like they expect their egg to be coddled when making the caesar salad dressing, or they are looking for the proper texture of the soup dumpling they are biting into? Would they be willing to do something different, like hot pot, that might not be common out in the burbs?

    Do they want to eat on Newbury st. because its a fancy shopping street, as foodwise, its not the greatest stretch in town, and IMHO often overpriced.

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    1. re: grant.cook

      Agreed. I understand why you might want to eat in a certain neighborhood out of convenience, but the way people attach cache to Newbury Street restaurants is just bizarre.

      1. re: LeoLioness

        that seems to be nearly everyone's impression of newbury street, one of the least interesting places for food in Boston, but the south end, the fenway, and chinatown are all nearby.

        I agree that Sonsie has ok food and a nice view of Newbury Street. It is a meat market at night if that is their idea of fun.

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          this is pre-concert. they will be out before 8:00.

          however, where is the concert? symphony hall area or down by the theater district?

          i wouldn't waste money at sonsie or stephanie's but la voile would surely feel grown-up and the food and service are quite good.

          off newbury, but still near the commons and public garden:

          you could do tea at the bristol or the taj and have dinner at bistro du midi, teatro, tico or beacon hill bistro.

          at the other end are lucca and brasserie jo.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            Stephanie's got a great review from a visitor on this site within the last month

              1. re: libertywharf

       Does that mean that everyone who does find it boring and overpriced is wrong?

                I doubt there are any restaurants with a 100% approval or disapproval rate.

                1. re: LeoLioness

                  however, some, like stephanie's, skew towards a very high percentage of disapproval.

      2. I do have to say, that in spite of the detractors, I have been taking my nieces shopping in Copley / Newbury Street - as a special 1-2X per year occasion - and we cap off the day every time with a visit to Sonsie. The food is good. It may not be great, but I think it fills the bill in other ways that rooms with a higher culinary bar might not - for instance - the vibe is fun - and I would imagine the teens would find the people watching fun. Second is that there is (according to my nieces) things on the menu they really look forward to. They love the pizzas, the chocolate bread pudding, and the Vietnamese vegetable spring rolls, I just checked - they have a gluten free dinner menu! I think it is a fun and fine location to bring the girls!! :)

          1. re: C. Hamster

            Mine like upstairs at the Rattlesnake and they like La Voile which makes them feel very "euro". I haven't tried Sonsie but think that was a good suggestion. As much as I love my grandkids and great nieces I wouldn't eat at Stephanie's for them.

            1. re: teezeetoo

              I'd go with Stephanie's. Sonsie is up near the mass ave block. I haven't been in years so I won't comment in the food. But the rest was always dark with the bar unable to escape.

          2. Gluten-free as in suffering from celiac, or just avoiding gluten? The latter is a lot easier to find. Restaurants that scrupulously separate prep areas and take other measures to avoid gluten contamination are pretty few and far between.


            1. IMHO everyone...Newbury Street in Boston is special. I have been taking my daughter to the shops and to tea and lunch there since she was four years old. She is now an attorney and in her late 20's. They are teenagers who want to experience the "it" factor of Newbury street. Go have fun and eat wherever you like...great food or mediocre, it will not matter. It will be a wonderful memory made. I would go to the Taj or Stephanies

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              1. re: ParisLady

                while i would not recommend eatingat either stephanie's or the Taj, i think that the bar at the Taj is quite nice. Too bad the kids are not 21.