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Recs please: 3 meals in Boston

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I will be in your lovely city in a few weeks, and would love some restaurant recs. I have visited a number of times, but have not been in several years--it looks like the food scene in Boston has exploded in the past few years and the sheer number of wonderful-looking places is overwhelming!

I have one meal of each and preferences are below:

Breakfast: Someplace in Chinatown/Theater District or Bay Village. I can also go to Backbay or Southend as long as it isn't too far west/south. Something light or coffee shop-ish is fine, but would like to go somewhere that won't mind if I bring a book and enjoy a leisurely hour or two.

Lunch: Similar area as breakfast. Cuisine and budget are open, but would like something casual.

Dinner: Anywhere in Boston or Cambridge, but no suburbs. Cuisine and budget are open. I would love seafood.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. Lunch: Taiwan Cafe or Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe

    Dinner: Neptune Oyster, Row 34, or Island Creek Oyster House

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    1. re: rlh

      gene's is better for take-out. i vote coppa for lunch.

    2. Breakfast: Mike and Patty's or Thinking Cup (Boston Common location)

      Lunch and DInner: Agree with every option posted by RLH and Hotonynoodle. Also would add O Ya (Dinner) if you want a real $$$$ blowout meal. Also JM Curley (Lunch)

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      1. re: Matt H

        I think for your area, Mike and Patty's is your best breakfast option but they don't have much in terms of seating.

        1. re: addiez

          It's a quick walk from Mike & Patty's to the Public Garden, and I can't think of a more lovely way to spend the morning then a leisurely picnic breakfast, and a couple of hours reading in the park, people watching and swan boat watching.

          1. re: VintageMolly

            Good point. Definitely not a place to linger, but good place to grab food and linger at many of the great outdoor options near by.

          2. re: addiez

            I agree Mike and Patty's is great but it is tiny and only has a few seats. It would not be a place I would feel comfortable lingering for an hour or two. People definitely linger at The Thinking Cup though!

        2. I would add to the alreay good suggestins Mike's Diner for breakfast, Xian Xian or Myers and Chang for lunch, Erbaluce or Asta for dinner.

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          1. The Map Room Cafe at the Boston Public Library would be a lovely place to have breakfast and read a book for an hour or two (particularly if the weather is good and you can sit in the courtyard).

            http://www.thecateredaffair.com/bpl/m...

            1. 17, map room cafe is lovely and peaceful spot for respite from the busy downtown crowds.
              If i had ONE dinner in Boston, i would go with one of 3 places:
              Island Creek Oyster Bar
              Ribelle
              or
              Oleana//

              ICOB because it is a dramatic memorable room with welcoming positive-energy staff,and a few of my fav seafood dishes, all the result of an owner who has thought about aaaaall the details.

              Ribelle because chef Tim Maslow is a true one-of-a-kind amazingly serious and inspiring creative chef who consistently gets me to the WOW! experience every time i eat there. It could be something as simple as kale, or mushrooms, but it will definitely not be well described on the menu, and it will be the 'best___' i ever ate.

              Oleana because Turkish food can be such a revelation for most of us, esp the spices/herbs, and you will likely have delicious foods you will not find elsewhere in the U.S.,from a very hard working woman chef who is her own icon in Boston.

              Here are some detailed links fyi:
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9778...

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9628...

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9602...

              Welcome in advance; hope you have a lovely visit!

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