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New Yorker friends moving to Boston

Two food-snoot friends are relocating from Boerum Hill, Brooklyn to Newton.
Both friends enjoy good-naturedly ribbing me about how much better NYC is, in terms of culinary excitement. I'm compiling a "Welcome to Boston!" itinerary to showcase our very best, most tantalizing meals. Money is no object to them (although they favor cheap finds). She will be working in Kendall Square; he will be working in Newton.
On my list:
Drinks and a meat platter at Sycamore
Lobster rolls at Neptune Oyster
Beer and oysters at Row 34
A moody, romantic dinner at Erbaluce
Dim Sum at Winsor Cafe
Apps at Fairsted Kitchen, dinner at Ribelle
A fancy-pants meal at Menton
Drinks at the Hawthorne
Eggplant subs at White Sport
Burn-your-face-off wings at State Park
Summery drinks, empanadas and sorbets at Gustazo
Tapas at Taberno de Haro (and gin at their new gin bar)
Day trip for clam rolls at Bob's in Kittery
Portsmouth day trip, dinner at Moxy's

What else, Hounds? I want them to be WOWED.

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  1. Ice cream at Toscanini's?

    1. Kendall Square is a fairly large geographic area these days. What part of the Square will she be searching for good lunches and after-work drinks and snacks?

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      1. re: smtucker

        In the big complex -- forget address -- where A4 Pizzeria and Catalyst is.

        1. re: Swankalicious

          Lunch Nearby:
          Mulan, Broadway, Taiwanese, lunch & dinner
          Tatte II, French pastry, breakfast and lunch
          BonMe, lunch, sandwiches and rice or noodle bowls

          After work, beers:
          Lord Hobo
          Meadhall

          1. re: smtucker

            I really want to try Aceitunas someday for lunch - I hear great things, but I work a world away.

            1. re: addiez

              I want to try them as well, but from where I work in Kendall, I can't make it there and back and eat in the amount of time I am willing to be away from my client's office.

        1. re: Madrid

          And the patio at Oleana should be opening soon!

        2. If they are working in Kendall, spending some time exploring Cambridge St would be worthwhile, especially considering good Portuguese is underrepresented in NYC.

          - Prego No Pao and a Sagres at the Bar @ Portugalia.
          - Bacalhau a Gomes de sa @ Portugalia.
          - Any number of dishes at Casa Portugal.
          - Moqueca Completa @ Moqueca.
          - Pasteis de nata and a Cappuccino @ Bom Cafe.
          - Grilled chicken hearts @ Midwest Grill.
          - Frango no Churrasco from J&J further down the road for take out on the way home.

          Also non Portuguese (and Diaspora) related Courthouse seafood for some whole belly clams.

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          1. re: Matt H

            Love the Cambridge Street ideas. In the area, I'd also recommend the patio at Atwood's Tavern on a nice day. The food is good, but the real gem is the patio (and a great beer list with numerous local drafts).

            Also on Cambridge Street: Introduce them to New Deal Fish Market for all their fishmongering needs, and make sure they see the Mayflower Poultry sign (the "Live Poultry, Fresh Killed" sign is usually a hit with newcomers).

            Other ideas (unrelated to Cambridge Street):
            -Cocktails at Back Bar
            -Ramen at Yume Wo Katare
            -On a nice afternoon, take a Water Taxi from downtown to get lunch and a beer outside at K&O Pies in East Boston

            1. re: huuvola

              They can also hit Puritan and East by Northeast on Cambridge St.

              Area 4 clam pizza

              In Kendall, I also like cocktails and food at West Bridge, Abigail's, Commonwealth, Hungry Mother.

              They could also visit the new H Mart in Central, Rendezvous, Craigie, drinks at Brick and Mortar, Green Street.

          2. Mamma Maria, Coppa, Pizzeria Regina, Gran Gusto, Tupelo, Helmand, Craigie.