Boston Restaurant suggestion

Old Mar 18th, 2017, 02:10 PM
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Boston Restaurant suggestion

I am visiting Boston with several friends. We are staying on Newbury St. I am looking for a restaurant which offers menu selections other than seafood. A view would be great, but not essential. Thank you for suggestions.
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 02:53 PM
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My fave in Boston is Mamma Maria's in the north end. Great Italian food! They make their own pasta and their own gluten-free pasta. Everything I have tried there has been excellent.
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 02:54 PM
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Budget? And is it that all of you want to not eat seafood or that just some of you don't? "Other than seafood" doesn't really narrow it down...
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Old Mar 18th, 2017, 02:55 PM
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I can't think of any with a view on Newbury St but have enjoyed these:
La Voile, Tapeo, Sonsie, Piattini
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Sorry, I didn't realize my question might be confusing. The restaurant needs to offer selections in addition to seafood. There are some great Boston seafood places which offer little else. One in the group does not eat seafood so I am trying to accommodate her. The budget is flexible, it is a special trip. The restaurant does not have to be on Newbury St. Our hotel is there, but we can go elsewhere to dine.

Thank you for responding.
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Old Mar 19th, 2017, 02:08 PM
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Newbury Street is very hit-or-miss as far as restaurants are concerned. HappyTrvlr listed the best options, though am less taken with Sonsie than the other three. As is often the case, excellent views/sidewalk seating and excellent food can be mutually exclusive.

There are scads of restaurants, some excellent, at all budget points in Boston. Any narrowing down point will be helpful.
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Old Mar 19th, 2017, 06:58 PM
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My favorites are in Cambridge: Oleana, Alden & Harlow, TW Food
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Depending on how special - go to Liberty Hotel (formerly Charles Street Jail), have a drink in the old cell block and then dinner at Scampo.
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Old Mar 21st, 2017, 03:10 AM
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Thank you very much for the helpful responses.
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www.topofthehub.net/menu/
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If money is no object, go to L'Espalier. Or if money is no object and you're into adventurous food approaches, try Clio.

I didn't like the food or service at Top of the Hub the few times I've gone, but you can't beat the view on a clear day.
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Old Mar 21st, 2017, 09:17 PM
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You would get better responses if you posted in the Lounge.

Cigalechanta and others who live in Cambridge, Back Bay, Somerville, etc. could help.

O Ya used to be a big hit with foodies but I don't know if it is still "hot".

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Old Mar 23rd, 2017, 08:17 PM
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You can almost always find non-seafood items at any Boston restaurant.

A couple of suggestions: No. 9 Park, Deuxave and Davios are all consistently very good and the first two are a bit special occasion restaurants. Some friends rave about Ostra but it is mostly seafood with a few other kinds of entrees thrown in the mix.

Sadly, Clio has closed and Ken Oringer, the chef/owner, has opened an Asian inspired restaurant, Uni.

Go to Top of the Hub for drinks and the view but mostly definitely not for the food.
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sharona, thanks for the update on Clio. Their closing flew totally under my radar, and my mistake to recommend the place.
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I've lived in Boston's North End since 2002 and worked in the restaurant industry for a while. There are a lot of great restaurants in Boston. I worked in a restaurant on Newbury Street for seven years, so I know the area well. I don't dine there - the restaurants are OK but overpriced and busy. Towne Stove & Spirits is on Boylston - one street behind Newbury - and is pretty great.

O Ya is an essay question best saved for another thread but just I say "O No."

Venture out to the South End if you want to stay close to your hotel - Tremont 647 is a classic bistro there.

Otherwise, I recommend (none of them have a view though):

Scampo @ Liberty Hotel

Tavern Road in the Seaport District (new American)

Maurizio's in the North End (classic Sardinian)
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I forgot about Taranta in the North End - Peruvian-Italian fusion.
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Oh Thin Dahlink, you give good reason to shut down the lounge for good. The little Poppets with superior suggestion do know that the lounge isn't locked from the inside. They can come to the travel forums and offer sage advice if they so chose.

Gail, I adore the Liberty Hotel. It is our go to stay cation when the rates are right. The atmosphere is so well designed, the history resonates, the lighting award winning. We like to have a pre dinner cocktail in the lobby watching day turn into night. The space is continually transforming from dawn to dusk to midnight. Then we head to Scampo for tempura string beans and pasta vongole. Then we order a lobster pizza to bring back to the room, put towels on the duvet and watch indulgent tv. Almost went to watch the Oscars this year. I hope to return soon for a stay over.

I have to agree with most of the suggestions. I enjoy solo dining at Dexauve in the bar area, but the room is beautiful. Some dishes can be precious, but I always enjoy their carefully constructed seasonal salads. It's the kind of bar that turns on the TV a few times a year. I watched the Kentucky Derby one year. The TV was only on for about 10 minutes. The bar erupted and then quickly settled down. Very celebratory.

I adore the popovers at Davio's. DH when he dines there for work, always brings me home 2.

I will say I had a terrible experience with the manager at Towne and will never return.
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Gail (and others) might enjoy this historical video of The Liberty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uNj10c9-Js
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Thank you for the helpful responses.
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