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Best places to eat near TD Garden???

I have to second the choice of Neptune Oyster. If you go on a weekend night, go early or leave your name and number with the hostess and go for a walk. Great dinner but with a price tag to match.

For a cheaper meal, near the TD Garden, I'd suggest Ducali. They have great appetizers (one of the best calamari I've had in Boston) and wonderful pizzas. I've found that Nebo tries too hard with their vibe and fails with the food.

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Neptune Oyster
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

Nebo Restaurant and Bar
90 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114

Mar 01, 2011
nader in Greater Boston Area

Looking for a venue for small wedding ceremony/reception :: 60 people

I had my wedding in 2010 at the Auberge St Gabriel (www.lesaint-gabriel.com) and thought it was absolutely wonderful! We had our ceremony (officiated by my brother since we are not religious - a very good option in Quebec!) on the top floor of the Auberge (the oldest food/drink establishment in North America). This was followed by a reception in their lounge (great vibe, outdoor space, etc etc) followed by dinner in the main dining room. The cost for about 90 people came out to about $120pp including an open bar. We had a bit of a fancier dinner option than normal, but I remember the prices ranging from around $90-130pp including alcohol. I really highly recommend this place as an option! Plus, you're close to a lot of great hotels for the night and amazing brunch options for the next morning.

Another interesting option is a winery in Laval (about 30min north of Montreal). It has a bit more of a country-side feel to it but is another great option. Their link is http://www.chateautailleferlafon.ca/.

The best thing about the Auberge St Gabriel, though is the fact that they don't charge for the rental of the rooms at all, while everywhere else we checked out had some sort of charge. Feel free to message me if you'd like to see pictures, etc. of the day. We now live in Boston and have very fond memories of our time at the Auberge.

Cheers,
nader

Mar 01, 2011
nader in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Another Olecito?

I saw that the Brookline branch was getting its floors pressure-washed on Sunday night at around 11pm - talk about working under the cover of night! I wanted to stop and ask what was going on but didn't have the time. Hopefully they'll have it up and running soon!

Mar 03, 2010
nader in Greater Boston Area

February 2010 Openings and Closings

Saw someone inside Olecito on Sunday night (11pm!) pressure-cleaning the floors. I wanted to stop and ask what was going on, but didn't have the time. At least there's something happening!!

Mar 03, 2010
nader in Greater Boston Area

Wurst question - anyone know where to buy?

Hey all, I'll be giving Karl's a call about this soon, but thought I'd ask you all as well... anyone know where to get Schlesische Weisswurst? It's a weisswurst (white sausage) that originates from an area near Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. Any help is appreciated!
Cheers,
nader

Dec 10, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Coming from Boston with an appetite and need recs!

Hi all,
I'll be visiting Chicago for the first time this Thursday and thought I'd drop a note and ask for some recs before I start my eating. I'm open to any type of food, and am willing to splurge once (already have my eye on a dinner at Alinea, if possible). Other than that, I'd really like to have the best of what Chicago has to offer. Of course, I'd like to have some pizza (hear Gino's East is the place to go - any other choices?) and would love to get some great street food (something close to the loop or the convention center is ideal). I will be eating most nights with a group of 6-10, so larger restaurants with seating is ideal. We will all be staying near the Loop (Lake and State, to be exact), but don't mind traveling 10-30mins by El for a great meal. Some other suggestions for meals the group I'm with is looking for is Middle Eastern (Lebanese, Persian, etc. - we've heard good things about Reza's), Meditteranean (Spanish/Portuguese, Greek) and sushi (not too pricey!).

I'm looking forward to the advice and input of fellow 'hounds, and can't wait to eat in Chicago!
Cheers,
nader

Oct 12, 2009
nader in Chicago Area

Boston Tiki Bar?

Please... PLEASE!... don't say that food here is decent. It was horrible when we went there last week and we will definitely not be going back ever! Rather go to dingy Chinatown than here again...

Sep 24, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Chowhound Top Neighborhoods

the op asked for places in the "Boston area"... i take that to be any area within i-95. other areas mentioned are all worthy too - i just like the price:quality:variety ratio in brookline. ditto for certain parts of cambridge, somerville and brighton. still haven't been to east or south boston yet - but working on it soon. been here for less than a year...

Aug 15, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Olecito in Brookline - another deathwatch??

I've been trying to head over to Olecito now that they've got a branch open a few blocks from my place in Brookline. Surprisingly, they've been closed on the two occasions I've gone so far - both being in the evening at suppertime (6-8pm), once on a weeknight and the other this past Saturday night. Has anyone heard what's going on here? Are they in trouble already?? They just opened recently and it would be a shame to lose them so early!

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Aug 11, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Japanese Grocery Store Coming to Brookline Village

I drove by quickly today, but saw that the door was open, as was the "Open" sign. So, I'm guessing they're open and ready to go. The shelves in the window, however, seemed kind of sparse... and I'm pretty sure I saw a "Hello Kitty"-type doll in the window too. Not sure what to make of that!

Aug 04, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Dumplings to cook at home?

Have got to agree with the Wang's rec - I get a bag or three every time I visit with friends. Nothing like buying 150 dumplings on a full stomach!

Aug 02, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Tasty, affordable eats near the Le Meridian in Cambridge?

interesting question.... i'd say that the price to quality ratios are equal when both are on their games. that being said, TB is at a different level when it comes to the ingredients used, which usually leads to better tasting food. the spice and taste factor at IP are very good though, which more than makes up for what they lack in ingredient quality (hence the price differences).

Jul 30, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Tasty, affordable eats near the Le Meridian in Cambridge?

not yet. kspice is a little out of the way for me and would have to be a planned outing and guru has weird hours (i'm a late eater, and tend to be in cambridge/somerville on weekends only). i have both on my list of places to try, though, but have found a new go-to indian resto in tamarind bay in brookline, which is not only close to home but also a great meal...

Jul 29, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Sour cherries?

On a similar note - anyone know where I could find good sour cherry jam? I'm a big fan and have yet to find a decent one in Boston...

Jul 28, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

First time at Lala Rokh

My wife and I went to LR for Nowruz (Persian New Year) a few months ago to celebrate and the food was also OK as you mentioned. Surprisingly, there were only two other tables with Iranians (as far as I could tell) but the place was buzzing. We really enjoyed the service, particularly that given by the owner (Azita Bina) whom we also recognized but didn't introduce himself. Would we go back? Only for special Persian occasions. Do I need to find a regular place to make up for my lack of kabobs and polos? Definitely, but still looking.
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Jul 28, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Large groups, good beer, tasty food in downtown Boston?

My group of drinking buddies usually head to the Grand Canal for Friday afterwork drinks, right behind North Station. They tend to have a decent selection of beers (nothing micro for sure!), and the food is more than decent. The specials of the day are more often than not the way to go, and nothing is priced more than $18 (e.g. fisherman's platter). The patio in the back is the real reason we head over there, along with the proximity to Red, Orange and Green lines. Cheers!

Jul 27, 2009
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Tasty, affordable eats near the Le Meridian in Cambridge?

I've been there twice, both times with lots of people drinking lots of Taj Mahal, and have always had a great experience. The food comes out with varying levels of heat and always seems to hit the right notes - each dish is not cookie-cutter like some other places in town. And at the price, it's well worth a trip when in the area.

Jul 27, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Haymarket "market hours"

It's funny, since I tend to get about 40-50% garbage by the next day. I'm still new to the market and feeling out who the better stalls are - even though it seems they all get the same stuff...

Jul 27, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Dishes at Rod Dee Thai

One thing I always insist on getting here, without fail, is the beef salad (Yum Neau). It's a little on the pricier side of things at around $11 but is akin to crack-cocaine. There's lots of fish sauce in this one, but also lots of lime juice and spices, which balances everything out beautifully. Really a favorite. The wife is also a huge fan of their Pad Kee Mao with chicken, which is a flat noodle dish. I wasn't as big a fan as she is, but am turning around to it. We usually tend to round out our order with a curry dish - the current fav being the Choo Chee curry with duck. You'll have enough for 6 people eating until stuffed with these three dishes, or enough for a weekends worth of food for two at only around $30. Insanely good cheap eats in my opinion!

Jul 27, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Tasty, affordable eats near the Le Meridian in Cambridge?

Here are a couple of ideas for you, particularly since you'll likely be taking the T (subway) to get to the game. Parking is nuts and crazy expensive near Fenway on game day...
1. You can head toward Chinatown and grab a bite at any of a number of places around there - great options (price:quality:taste) include Xinh Xinh, Pho Hoa, Peach Farm, Taiwan Cafe, and the list goes on and on. A quick search of Chinatown will give you lots of different choices.
2. Near you at Central Square (5 min. walk from hotel) is India Pavillion which is super cheap and just great Indian. There's also Rangzen Tibet nearby and Dolphin Seafood closer to Harvard Square.
3. Another option I'd like to suggest is heading over to Elephant Walk, which is just past Fenway Park on the Green C line at the St. Mary's stop. This is a Cambodian-French fusion place, a little pricier than others on the list BUT - you can get a $25-$50 gift certificate off of restaurant.com and save loads on dinner there. Chef Chang's house, just near EW, is also a great option for Chinese with wonderful quality ingredients. You can then take a 15 minute walk back to Fenway Park.

Just one note, though. You're right near Toscanini's, an ice cream parlor like no other, which is a 3 minute walk from your hotel. Make sure to go there!
Hope you enjoy Boston!
nader

Jul 26, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

source for sourdough starter?

If I were you, I'd head over to my neighborhood bakery (go for a decent one, like Clear Flour or When Pigs Fly), and go early - like 7AM when they're still baking and ask really nicely. I've actually done this before back in Montreal and have always had success. A good baker will always want to share with those who love their wares, particularly since it means that they are doing something right.

nader

Jul 26, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Dressy place for birthday

I would think that the place that fits your bill, particularly in the price range ($$$$), I'd have to say O Ya. It's French-Japanese fusion in a more than elegant setting. It's in the Financial District, near South Station where parking will likely be easier after 7pm. There's lots to say about O Ya on this board, and almost all of it is great. Enjoy!

Jul 26, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Tamarind Bay Coastal Cuisine in Brookline - Why all the hate?

So I got a restaurant.com gift certificate to Tamarind Bay Coastal Cuisine in Brookline, thinking mostly that it was the same as the Tamarind Bay in Cambridge. Then I got on to CH and read thread after thread saying that it's a horrible place with horrible food and even worse service. Dreading all of this, I put it off more and more until I just wanted to get rid of it! And so I headed off this past Friday night with the wife - and made sure not to tell her the bad reviews...

We went in, and all of the tables were taken - except for two which had seats for 4. The host asked us to take a seat at the bar while the table would be prepared. We thought it would be one of those tables, but instead they waited for another table to leave. While it did take only about 5 minutes, it was a little weird. Bad start, I thought.

Once we sat down, we were offered some pappadum - of which I'm usually a big fan. Here, though, it was very greasy and not offered with the usual iddli. Getting worse.... but that was where the bad ended and the great started! We ordered three dishes - what we usually do at most "ethnic" restaurants (enjoy what you can, take the rest for lunch the next day!). We got the chicken biryani, saag gosht (lamb in spinach), and Royal Paneer Passanda (Indian cheese stuffed with nuts and raisins in a cashew sauce). The food came out after about 10 minutes, which went by pretty fast with the Taj Mahal beer. And the food was great!

The chicken biryani came with a small yogurt sauce, and was topped with fried onions, loaded with lots of chicken chunks and was really flavourful. The only thing I would have added to it is nuts and raisins, but I think that that's more of a regional thing. The chicken was moist, not dry, and included both breast and leg pieces without bone. The only drawback was that the rice was a little clumpy in parts. The saag gosht was top-notch, with great quality spinach and wonderful lamb. It was equally spicy and flavourful at the same time. Just great! And then the passanda. I've never heard of this dish before, but it knocked me out!! The cheese was nice and all, but the sauce was awesome. It tasted like a satay sauce with kick, a little spicy and quite creamy. The only problem I had was that the cheese things began to fall apart near the end of the meal, but didn't really care.

All in all, we ended up with enough food to have lunch the next day and it ended up costing around $45 without the drinks or tip. Not bad for a great meal, with leftovers at that. And the service? It was friendly, not rushed, and pleasant. We decided at the end of the night that Tamarind Bay would be our new go-to Indian near home, especially since Rani has been sliding of late. JP still has some wonderful choices and all (Ghazal comes to mind, among others) and are definitely cheaper, but this is great food, with good quality ingredients, and its close to home. Win-win in my opinion.

Jul 25, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Headed to EVOO tonight - any suggestions?

probably too late, but get the wine pairings for $15 - we did this a few weeks ago and it was a wonderful addition of interesting wines at a great price.

cheers!

Jul 25, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

First Anniversary Celebration Recs

I'm guessing that you're both younger than older, so I'd suggest Orinoco in the south end. It's got a great vibe, wonderful food at a good price (less than $40pp for sure!) and a short walk from the station. You're also a short walk (in the Brookline direction) to Elephant Walk (French/Cambodian) and Taberna de Haro (tapas). These restaurants are nice for a little younger (20-30s) crowd and are much easier on the wallet than some places mentioned by others.

Jul 23, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

From Montreal to Boston...

Hey there,
As a former Montrealer now living in Boston, I've got some bad news for you - the food scene here is nowhere near what we have in MTL. That said, there are a few places here that I would recommend to someone visiting on a foodie adventure, with the majority being within walking/metro distance of downtown. They are sorted by price:

Cheaper places:
1. Pizza at Regina's in the North End (only the one on Thatcher St.), followed by pastries and coffee at Mike's or Modern pastry shops.
2. Galleria Umberto (near Faneuil Hall) for arancini and pizza (sorry for all the pizza recs, but its pretty bad in MTL and good here!)
3. You've got to get the chowder at Legal Sea Foods, and the branch near the aquarium has a decent patio.
4. Sandwiches at the Parish Cafe, on Boylston. These are designed by Boston's top chefs and turn out quite well. A favorite spot, esp. because they have a great patio.
5. East Coast Grille, in Cambridge, has a great vibe and quality seafood. Great ice cream next door at Christina's too.

More expensive:
1. Neptune Oyster for a nice seafood meal in the North End.
2. Lucca's, which I found to be inventive Northern Italian fare in nice digs, also in the North End.
3. Blue Ginger (a bit of a trek out in Wellesley), with great imaginative east-west fusion.
4. Orinoco, for a really nice vibe and great South American food, in the South End.
5. Craigie on Main in Cambridge, probably the best resto in town at the moment with great local-centric food.

Some points to consider: Middle eastern food here is nowhere near Montreals quality or taste, nor is the French or Indian resto scene any match either. Seafood, Italian and "New American", however, are done very well here. Hope you have time to enjoy Boston's sights while here, and get some decent food too!

Jul 20, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Insanely Good Super Cheap Porky Goodness

I also headed to GT last weekend because of the OP - but have got to say that I was less than happy with the plate! OF the three things we ordered, the beef w/ chinese broccoli was probably the best and their kung pao was decent - but the ribs were easily the worst plate of the night. However, I've got to say that GT offers pretty good food - in a nice quantity - for the price. I'll probably be going back.

Jul 17, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Best Lobster in Boston area

Anyone have an idea how much the lobster costs at SummerShack? Would love to try it out as long as the price is right...

Jul 07, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Good Food before Red Sox game?

We went to La Verdad, right next to Fenway Park, and had very good Mexican. Decent price, nice patio and location can't be beat for the game.

Jul 05, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area

Not to miss restaurants for out of town guests

I (kinda) hate to say it, but out-of-towners should be taken to Legal for some clam chowder and fish. Of the locations I've tried, I like the one by the Aquarium best - really nice decor, good service and fresh fish. Another fish option is No Name Restaurant by Fish Pier in the Fort Point area. Both will definitely hit your price-point, though NNR will likely be the better deal for you. It's definitely nowhere near as nice as LSF, though.

The Parrish Cafe is also nice for an informal lunch/brunch, especially since they have lots of sandwiches made by other city chefs. Kind of like going to a few restaurants in one place, but not really. Another option that I like to bring friends and family to, but have been shy to admit on this board, is Kingfish Hall in Faneuil Hall. The calamari app is really wonderful, as are the wasabi-crusted tuna and the snapper. They have a little asian kick to them, which is a nice change from the ordinary. Hope this helps!

Jun 20, 2009
nader in Greater Boston Area