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New Years Day 2010 - Brunch

Does anyone have any good intel on New Years Day brunch options around town?
**Crosses fingers that MC Slim JB responds with at least 14 awesomely unpretentious wallet-friendly suggestions ***

Dec 07, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Favorite Restaurants near Jury's Hotel

Hi De:

I live on Berkeley a few blocks south of Jury's so I'll throw in my two cents.

B&G is fantastic, definitely go there, I would say food-wise it is neck in neck with Neptune, but I think has a much better ambiance. There is a lobster taggliatelle dish with mushrooms which is to die for. The food is inventive and there's a great wine list, too. (note: only beer and wine is served).

The Garden is nowhere near Jury's - it is in a neighborhood called the West End, which is sort of situated between Beacon Hill and the North End. If you were to talk to the Garden from Jury's, it would probably take about 45 minutes.

I would not recommend the bus - the buses in Boston are unreliable, especially on the weekend. The T is the way to go. Jury's is a 5 minute walk from Back Bay Station. At Back Bay Station, you can hop on the orange line and take it to North Station, which is literally attached to the TD Banknorth Garden. You won't have to worry about switching lines or trying to navigate the complicated bus system.

If you want to head up to Harvard Square (or other parts of Cambrige), you take the red line. That is easily done by taking the orange line (from Back Bay Station, near your hotel) to Downtown Crossing, then switching to the northbound red line. The red line has a stop called Harvard which will put you right in the middle of the action.

And, finally - another great breakfast spot which I haven't seen suggested is Masa - it would be a 5-10 minute walk from your hotel, and has a 9.95 prix fix brunch on Saturday and Sunday which is awesome - featuring things like a plantain empanada, Southwestern eggs benedict, a great smoked salmon quesadilla -- you get the drift. It's fantastic. For a more traditional pancake-type brunch I second the vote for Charlie's. Best pancakes in the South End.

Hope that helps!

Mar 06, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Hen House Newmarket Square?

I went to the opening night party for Hen House and feasted on several complimentary plates of chicken and waffles - I thought it was delish. My BF keeps begging me to go back on Sunday mornings but I typically veto since I'd like to make it to 30 without having a massive heart attack.

Also, to MC Slim - I am good friends with the guy who designed the logo and I agree it is kick-a$$. If you had come to opening night, you would have gotten a free trucker hat...

Jan 20, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Top 3 Meals of 2008?

1. Red wine braised short ribs with roasted garlic mashed at Mistral. We started with the foie gras app - pan seared with confit of duck in brioche. I would have kissed the chef's feet, even if he was wearing those gross Crocs that were covered in day-old food scraps and kitchen scum. That's how good it was.

2. Lobster roll at the Raw Bar at Pomponessett, down on the Cape. Not exactly Boston area but well worth the trip in the summer.

3. First trip to Toro - grilled corn with aged cheese was the highlight. The wait was not a highlight, but the Sangria helped take the edge off.

Jan 20, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Comprehensive Chowish Craft Cocktail Compendium '09

And the sorority girl vote goes to...Cuchi Cuchi, in between Central and Kendall Square in Cambridge. Funky 20's vibe, yummy innovative cocktails. Good tapas too, although they swear they are NOT a tapas joint.

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Cuchi Cuchi
Boston, MA, Boston, MA

Jan 15, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Recommendations for pre-Symphony dinner?

Had a colleague recommend Island Hopper, and I don't see any recent postings about this pan-asian place on the corner of Mass and Comm - any weigh-ins?

Jan 14, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Recommendations for pre-Symphony dinner?

My man-candy is taking me to the Symphony Saturday night for the 8 p.m. show, and we'd like to get dinner beforehand somewhere nearby, preferably somewhere that won't break the bank. Typically I'd be inclined to go for an overstuffed BBQ Spike's hotdog, but don't want to ruin my pretty dress. Thoughts?

Jan 14, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Sushi Teq

CBZ, I was going to suggest Douzo as a good alternative, and definitely more reasonably priced (while still pretty "hip") than O Ya or Sushi Teq (which I think is sub-par anyway) - but I see it is already in your top 5 restaurants!

Jan 13, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Oak Room Leaves Hollow Feeling

I like your writing style, Paul -- and agree that there are few things worse than lukewarm food. Sorry you had such a bad experience at the Oak Room - I haven't been yet but I am intrigued by the fact that they serve complimentary homemade warm pretzels when you order a Stella. I'll look forward to reading more of your reviews.

Jan 13, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Drinks/apps near BankNorth Garden at not-a-sports-bar

MC Slim and Kate Formerly 50 -- ended up going to Red Room at the Onyx -- food was terrible. Atmosphere was ok, although it is MUCH smaller than the website makes it appear, and I found the octopus-shaped red chandelier to be sort of lurid and scary. Anyway, back to the "food" -- we ordered the calamari, quesadilla sampler, and tuna tartare - 1/2 way through the calamari we realized we were eating primarily onion rings and peppers - FRADULENT! - the quesadillas were decent but nothing special, and the tuna tartare was very bland (incidentally the best tuna tartare I've ever had is at Good Life in the financial district - amazing).

For drinks, I ordered a lemon drop martini which contained little to no alcohol and tasted like bad lemonade (bought cost $12), my companion ordered some other speciality maritini which was served with a blue-cheese stuffed olive (only one, although the cocktail menu distinctly said "oliveS"). The service was slow, the food was bad, the drinks were weak - all in all, a poor showing.

Next time I'll listen to you, Slim, and go to Marliave's.

Jan 13, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Drinks/apps near BankNorth Garden at not-a-sports-bar

Thanks, that's great info. I was actually thinking about the Ruby Room - from the website it looks like decent apps (tuna tartare, etc) but I'd like firsthand knowledge before bringing a client there. Neptune Oyster - I am dying to go (never been) but would rather save it for a full on dinner. Silvertone is a favorite, good suggestion. What's the deal with Marliave?

Jan 12, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Drinks/apps near BankNorth Garden at not-a-sports-bar

Heading to the Celtics game tonight straight from work with a client - looking for a good non-sports-bar place to grab some drinks and apps that is near North Station. Don't want to go to the Harp, don't want to go to any place with "Brew" in the title. Not opposed to walking a bit further to the North End, but don't have time for a full sit down Italian feast. Would be ideal if the words "foie" and/or "raw" was featured on the menu...am I reaching here???

Jan 12, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Sam LaGrassa's > Sex

Biggles, are you trying to convince me to move to the 'burbs at the tender age of 26?? :)

Jan 08, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Sam LaGrassa's > Sex

Thanks for the rec! I'm car-less so don't get out that way much, but if I'm in the area, what's your go-to order?

Jan 08, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Sam LaGrassa's > Sex

Ok maybe it wasn't actually better than sex, c'mon guys, it was a HYPERBOLE.

The best would be having a hot sesh with Russell Crowe and then afterwards having Russell buy me the roastbeef Sam-wich and eating it while he gazed lovingly into my eyes.

Jan 08, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Sam LaGrassa's > Sex

Just go to Sam's - it's cheaper and less messy.

Jan 08, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Sam LaGrassa's > Sex

I just had my first sandwich from Sam LaGrassa's on Province Street in the financial district. I went with a colleague who pretty much insisted I get one of the Sam's specials - I ended up ordering the roast beef special, which was tender roast beef, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, warm melted swiss cheese, and a creamy BBQ sauce that almost brought me to tears (in a good way). At $11 for a sandwich and a diet coke, this is not a recession-friendly lunch destination by any means. But, I think I could die now secure in the knowledge that I've had the best sandwich within a 5 mile radius of my office.

Jan 08, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Rolls/bread/spreads...the best

The Paramount on Charles Street in Beacon Hill has delicious bread - little square cubes of homemade foccacia which they serve with a warm, lemon-y hummus spread.

And - for my unpretentious chain restaurant addition - the Outback Steakhouse serves a good sized loaf of dark brown bread with warm melt-in-your-mouth whipped butter. Delish.

Jan 07, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Best Boston Burger

Has anyone else had the foie gras burger at Bouche on Newbury? To die for. Juicy pattie, with a generous sliver of melt in your mouth pan-seared foie gras deliciousness on top. And of course comes with a basket of Bouche's signature frites. Yum.

Jan 06, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

FugaKme?!?

I have to say, though, as someone who had her sushi cherry popped at Fugakyu a few years back, the simple but crowd-pleasing spicy tuna roll is to die for. The best I've had in the city, and that includes Duozo by Back Bay Station which is also excellent.

Jan 06, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area

Recs for Lunch in Brookline Village

There is a BBQ joint that is very good - I believe it's called the Smokehouse. Great pulled pork, and not too pricey.

Jan 06, 2009
Lauren R. in Greater Boston Area