Weekend in Boston - Food & Shopping Recommendations?

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  1. graphite

    graphite Senior member

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    I had tried Estragon last week for restaurant -- I thought the tapas were pretty nice. The other tapas place is Toro.

    http://toro-restaurant.com/

    For some decent cocktails, there's a speakeasy sorta bar that was recently redone in Central square Cambridge called "brick and mortar." It's right above Central Kitchen.


    And then for some really nice drinks there's a place called "drink" near the waterfront.

    http://drinkfortpoint.com/

    small scene, great custom drinks and good atmosphere. expect a line though, or show up early.
     


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    Another vote for Drink. It's a Barbara Lynch creation (of Nr 9 Park, Butcher Shop, Menton, etc.).

    Also very close to Bobby from Boston is Gaslight.
     


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    If you are looking for an interesting place to go out for drinks, I recommend the Back Bar. It is basically a speakeasy in an alley. They have excellent cocktails and some decent food, specifically the meats.
     


  4. Ambulance Chaser

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    Lobster roll from James Hook and cannoli from Mike's Pastry.
     


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    Filling in some blanks/echoing some things.

    Most of the time the good bars and restaurants all share staff, chefs, ex-staff...

    As mentioned with No. 9, Drink etc.
    Same goes for The Hawthorne, Lineage, Eastern Standard

    These are the only two shops you really need to hit assuming you have your typical high end shops in your city.
    Bobby's
    Bodega

    These are the only worthwhile boutiques to visit
    Alen Blizerien (Yohji, Rick, etc) Dotty is really cool and stylish and the staff is usually pretty helpful too. Had very few bad experiences here.
    Riccardi (Junya, Comme Des Garcon, D&G, NBHD, best denim in the city) sometimes Riccardi is a grumpy dick especially if he doesn't know you or doesn't think you're going to buy anything. The staff sucks.

    maybe
    Stel's (probably not)

    For drinks (in no order)
    Drink
    The Hawthorne
    Green St
    No. 9 Park
    Russell House Tavern
    Eastern Standard
    Deep Ellum

    Food
    Toro
    Eastern Standard
    Lineage
    Clio
    No. 9 Park
    Rialto
    L'Andana (in the burbs)
     
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    How about a lobster blt from B&G and cannoli from Bova?
     


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    What kind of clothing are you into? Alan Bilzerian's shop on Newbury is pretty famous and, I've heard, worth just stopping by to look around, but it's avant garde SW&D type stuff so if that's not your thing then disregard.
     


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    Here's my list of to go's for now:

    Harvard Square
    JP Licks
    Bartley's
    Prudential Center
    Faneuil Hall Market Place
    Bobby From Boston
    Oishii Boston
    Finale Desserterie
    LA Burdick
    Museum of Fine Arts
    Atlantic Fish
    Newbury Street
    Boston Common
    Mike's Pastry
    Cafe Mami
    Porter Square à Car

    I decided to pass on shopping, because I can usually find my designer goods are deeply discounted prices back home.

    Any other suggestions for entertainment asides from Museum of Fine Arts?
     
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  9. Ambulance Chaser

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    The Harpoon brewery tour is touristy and cheesy, but I enjoyed it.

    Wally's Cafe if you like jazz.
     


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    if you want the simplest, tastiest lobster rolls available in boston, check out alive n kickin near harvard square. i can guarantee you'll enjoy it more than any other lobster roll around. it's a little hole in the wall.

    also, i'd suggest highland kitchen in somerville.

    red bones in davis square is okay. not amazing, but decent.

    if you like indian food, check out punjabi dhaba in inman square.
     
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    Okay, resurrecting this thread 'cause I'm gonna be in Boston in early January (less than ideal weather wise, but I'm still set on having a good time). Staying in the Back Bay area. Big conference going on so lots and lots of friends will be around. Made reservations for one night at La Voile because it's close by and looks decent enough. Any other recs? I was thinking of a reservation at Myers & Chang another night because it can accommodate a big group, but the food doesn't look all that exciting to me. Want to try Toro but the no reservation policy makes me worried. I guess it'd also be easy enough to head into other neighborhoods.

    Oh, and any good sushi around?
     
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    What price point on sushi?
     


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