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Jan 25, 2014 08:21 AM

Moving to Boston soon, where to go for first dinner?

Hey guys,

I'm moving to Boston from Chicago next weekend. My dad is helping me move and I want to take him out for dinner somewhere once we get there. Doesn't have to be a five-star restaurant or anything, we'll be pretty tired from driving for two days - just good food. He's a big fan of FRESH seafood, not really a fan of Asian food. I'm moving to Jamaica Plain and we'll have a car to get around, and this will probably be on a Saturday night.


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  1. Island Creek Oyster Bar is relatively convenient from JP and has great seafood. Definitely call for a reservation ASAP though.

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    1. re: black_lab

      Thanks, my only concern is that since we're driving to Boston, we might get stuck if there's a storm and get there late/not till the next day. So that might have to wait for another time...

      1. re: vpashkina

        OK, I misunderstood. I thought you were willing to venture outside of JP due to your comment regarding having a car to get around. While I don't know exactly where you will be located in JP, Island Creek Oyster Bar is only a 10 minute drive from many parts of that neighborhood. I hope you don't get stuck and settle into your new digs well.

        1. re: black_lab

          I think that vpashkina was trying to say that they are uncomfortable about committing to a reservation when they might be delayed on the road.

          1. re: Allstonian

            Yeah this is absolutely right - once we get to Boston/Jamaica Plain, I'm willing to go wherever. I'm concerned about getting stuck on the way from Chicago.

            1. re: vpashkina

              You could always just call and cancel if you get stuck on the way. Even if it's an hour before the reservation, the restaurant will be thankful for the heads up and still be able to seat the table. If you don't make a reservation for a Saturday night, your options are going to be greatly reduced and you will have a wait at most decent places.

    2. make a reservation at Ten Tables in JP - you can always cancel if you are delayed by snow. Bella Luna is a nice second option in JP. Jamesgate Tavern is a fine stop for good pub food and a warm neighborhood vibe.

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      1. re: teezeetoo

        James Gate looks really close to where I'll be living!

        1. re: teezeetoo

          tz, just curious- TTables had a bunch of negative CH comments recently about its going significantly south (comments from people who used to love itBut you've kept going and still like it?

          btw, v, welcome to boston! JP is such a special neighborhood; i hope you enjoy it. i think Tres Gatos is a charming intimate very low key house experience w/ really good food. think 'quiet pub' for atmosphere. very neighborhoody.

        2. Tres Gatos in JP? They have some nice seafood options, IIRC.

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          1. re: Swankalicious

            Thanks! I think I've seen this recommended elsewhere so I'll be sure to take a look.

          2. If you want to stay in JP, you could give Vee Vee a shot. They have a couple of seafood dishes on the menu and I've enjoyed the meals I've had there, although I haven't been recently.

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            1. re: bear

              Thanks! I'm not committed to staying in JP for dinner but I'll definitely check Vee Vee out.

              1. re: vpashkina

                Vee Vee is really excellent. You'll probably need a res, it's a small place. The food is local and they have local drinks like Bantam Cider and Boston made beers, which will be nice for your out-of-towner Dad. The service is very good though it's casual.

                I also recommend the Haven, I just went for the first time last week. It's heavy, wintery, Scottish food so check the menu before you go if you might not be into that. It's very cozy and filled with a true JP crowd.

              2. The Haven in JP is a cozy little Scottish pub with good food.