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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

          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.

            1. If you're sending them up to Kittery anyway, maybe lunch at Bob's, outlet shopping, and then dinner at Chancey Creek Lobster Pound. It's BYO and you can't go wrong with a lobster on the river at sunset.

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                1. re: Chris VR

                  While I agree with your sentiment, I'd _strongly_ recommend skipping Bob's, and going across the street to Robert's instead, for the same fried food, better other food, and an atmosphere that doesn't even compare. And while Chauncey's can be fun, it's also become rather overpriced and overrun, in my opinion - you're essentially paying restaurant prices for a picnic. I think you're much better off sending them a few miles up the coast to the Cape Neddick Lobster Pound.

                2. Myers and Chang! Also a ditto for Oleana.

                  1. I think it would help with tailoring recommendations to know what their dining habits in nyc are/what in particular they're snooty about. some of the recs on here are definitely great places but seem likely to elicit a "well maybe that's good 'for boston' " response... which seems to be what you're trying to avoid.

                    i think ywk was definitely a solid rec (surprisingly have never found any place claiming to serve jiro ramen in nyc), i do think hawthorne/backbar are actually good because those bars can compete on ny levels for what they're going for...

                    other genres mentioned in your post/recs, like dim sum, tapas, asian fusion... could all be good places to send them when they're 'looking for' those things, but i wouldn't put it on the list of 'let me surprise you with how great boston is' set, because new york just has such a breadth of those options.

                    but, again, that also comes back to what they like/tend to eat frequently in ny...

                    1. how often do they eat out at home and is every meal the BEST MEAL EVER ANYWHERE?

                      after work will they want to head over the river or simply wind their way home?

                      you're a good friend to give them a heads-up but i'm always leery of compiling a list and calling the best of the best.

                      in the cheap-eats category, i'll add gene's chinese flatbread in downtown crossing and jalisco's and rincon limeno both over in eastie.

                      you may also want to compile a list of nice places that do $1 oysters like rialto and lineage. .

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                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        Abigail's does $1 oysters on Sundays and Mondays from 5-10

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            Commonwealth does them with their all-day Sunday brunch, 10-7.

                      2. Bob's in Kittery is overpriced touristy crap. imho

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                        1. re: Bellachefa

                          Too bad. I love Bob's!! Used to stop there all the time as a teen. I haven't been back in a couple years, however.

                          1. re: Swankalicious

                            I think last time was sometime last summer. Way over market price and nothing memorable as outstanding. But fried seafood can change season to season depending on oil maintenance and training of staff. Prices are over the top for a clam shack.

                            I'd more likely send them on an antique shopping and clam crawl in Essex County, talking in the marshes.

                            Oh and there's also that clam shack on the river? in Kittery. BYOB. Havent been but much more scenic and gets rave reviews.

                            Edit, Oops, that's Chauncy Creek, but it doesn't do fried seafood - never mind

                            1. re: Bellachefa

                              brown's lobster pound in seabrook is fun and also byob.

                              1. re: hotoynoodle

                                I haven't been there in 30 years! Is the joint across the street still there? It was a bit of a clamshack war.

                                1. re: Bellachefa

                                  not sure. we've been a few times for friend's b-days and it's just been low-key and fun.

                          2. re: Bellachefa

                            Not to repeat myself, but I'd try Robert's, across the street from Bob's and by the same owners. The clams are at least as good, and everything else (including the ambiance) is worlds better. That said, if you're looking for the ne plus ultra in fried clams, you should probably go a little further down the coast, to one of the Essex County places, to Petey's in Rye, or to The Park Lunch on the way into Newburyport.

                            1. re: cjd260

                              Petey's is fantastic!! Best lobster rolls (sandwiches, really) in town.

                              1. re: Swankalicious

                                What about Bob Lobster in Newburyport on the way to Plum Island? Nice to eat on their picnic tables by the marsh on a nice day.

                                1. re: CportJ

                                  Here are some things my NY friends like that haven't been mentioned: shopping at the Russian markets like Bazaar and Baza (they bring home salmon roe caviar, jams and sausage that they can't believe the prices of), shopping at the Middle Eastern markets in Watertown (Arax, Sevarn, etc.) going to New Deal with me when I buy fish, going to Court House and picking out their lobster, going to Alive 'n Kickin when the weather is good, and they love Lineage and Shanghai Gate which they say is better and cheaper than the Chinese places near them in Chelsea.