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Sep 2, 2014 08:26 AM

Back Bay visit

Heading to Boston (from NYC)for a show on 9/11. Arriving around 3ish, leaving on the 12th around the same time. Staying in the Back Bay area. Looking for a breakfast/brunch, lunch and dinner spot. Bars as well. Price not an issue. Nothing fancy though. Casual trip. Good food, good vibes.

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  1. coppa and brasserie jo.

    i don't eat breakfast.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      I don't really know why I said breakfast; that definitely isn't happening. More like brunch/lunch.

      1. re: RebelWithaCause

        very few places do brunch during the week anyway. :)

          1. re: RebelWithaCause

            are you coming and going via train or plane? logan? back bay or south station?

              1. re: RebelWithaCause

                easy walk to south end for places already mentioned. you could also stroll over to kenmore and hit island creek oyster bar, eastern standard kitchen and hawthorne. all essentially the same owners, with spectacular cocktail programs, very good wine lists and terrific food. hawthorne is mainly for drinks though.

    2. Generally, there are more interesting places in the South End (south of Back Bay). Search the board for South End suggestions, such as Coppa, Franklin, Hamersley's.

      For breakfast, Mike & Pattys, Thorntons or Flour.

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      1. re: BBHound

        breakfast is served at Brasserie Jo. Depending on what kind of food you want there is L'Espalier for excellent upscale, Salty Pig for very good charcuterie and drinks, Coppa has already been suggested for excellent food, Parish Café for great lunches, Erbaluce for wonderful Northern Italian, Bistro du Midi and La Voile. Head south for informal at Deluxe Café, Myers and Chang, Toro.

          1. re: RebelWithaCause

            Don't know what energy you are looking for, but for casual, fun electric vibe, i'd steer you to Myers+Chang for lunch (new takes on Asian, small plates mostly) and Toro for dinner (always a line, no reservations)-- new and trad Spanish tapas, VERY loud happenin' vibe. For a larger place full of very happy people and top notch service, i'd rec ICOB(Island Creek Oyster Bar) for some wonderful seafood and many inventive drinks, both alcoholic and not.A memorably dramatic and comfortable room. Hope you'll enjoy yourselves and let us know about your day!

      2. Depends on where the show is.

        If it's at, say, House of Rules, I'd drop your crap off at the hotel and promptly ankle it over to Island Creek for a few dozen oysters at opening hour followed by cocktails at the Hawthorne before the show and whiskies at Citizen afterwards. Maybe a Tasty Burger. On your walk back pop into Chef Changs for a dinner of regional Chinese fare. Maybe a digestif at the Clio bar or beers at Bukowski Tavern. Coda would also be a suitably less-touristy place in Back Bay to wind down after a show.

        If it's at the Paradise or Harpers Ferry then you really should make your meal moves in Allston/Brighton.

        Heck, pretty much every music venue is probably in a neighbourhood better suited to eat & drink in than Back Bay.

        Wake up late the next day and have an excessive lunch at Coppa before catching that train out.

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          1. re: Nab

            Harper's Ferry haha, someone's living in the past. There's a new restaurant not too far called Glenville Stops that's gotten some good reviews. Lots of Korean and little joints in Allston that might interest you. I'd stick with the Kenmore Sq. options then hop on the T or bus to the Paradise.

            1. re: total13

              Transpo; also good to know! thank you!

              1. re: RebelWithaCause

                57 bus or B line. Actually it's just a 20 min walk or so through a bunch of BU buildings so that's an option too.