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Best Korean in Allston?

I've not hit up enough Korean restaurants to really compare it to, but Kaju tofu house has a great banchan assortment they give you. Maybe about 8 or so?

Need Turkey Parts ASAP

OP, sorry I can't be of any help here, but I must admit you peaked my curiosity. What are you making?

China King still best peking duck?

Definitely agree with Luther and Black lab. The "Peking duck" served at China King is definitely one of the better Asian duck preparations in the Boston area, but I would argue that it doesn't qualify as Peking Duck. Peking duck typically has air pumped into it under the skin which helps separate the fat. When cooked, this makes the skin paper thin and super crispy. The reason this is such a big deal is that because a lot of the times you will get served just skin or skin with just barely any meat on the pancake. And it is excellent. If you've never had it in this style, please google or wikipedia it, it is definitely different from what China King serves.

There's nothing wrong with the China King dish, except it is not traditional Peking duck. The stir fry that comes with it is great especially with noodles and I really do love the soup that comes at the end. The mellow flavors are really good after the intense duck. I enjoy the duck as well, but it's so fatty that I can only handle so much.

Hot Eastern in Chinatown

I just went here for lunch today. They changed their menu slightly, and the beef Mala Bang is now $7 total. It supposedly comes with a skewer of Enoki mushrooms (as seen in your pic) and another skewer, which I believe is sausages. I ordered a beef, with an extra fried fish ball skewer, low heat (mild, low, medium, and hot were the options.) Low was definitely plenty hot for me and I enjoy spicy foods. It's more of a creeping heat that continues to build. I got mine to go, but unfortunately, when I got back I realized I had no beef in mine and also no skewer of enoki mushroom or sausage. Needless to say, I was disappointed and hopefully this is just an error due to growing pains and not a regular occurrence. Regardless, I would highly suggest checking to make sure you have everything before you leave.

The dish was good otherwise, and it was definitely nice to have something different from my usual Chinatown lunches.

need seafood

If you want to "party with Harvard kids," you'll have to go to Harvard Square. Not sure why this is so high on your list, but hey, to each their own. There's not really a great craft beer scene in Harvard Square, so you are kind of choosing one or the other. I always run into Harvard students at Grafton Street, and you could also try Grendel's, Charlie's Kitchen, or some of the other bars around there. If you're really looking to get after it, be sure to end your night at Hong Kong.

Daily Catch would be a fine pre-Bruins game meal. Pasta and squid are their specialties. As stated earlier, it is definitely not in the same class as Neptune, but I think I'd prefer Daily Catch as a pre-Bruins game meal.

Beacon Hill Bar Crawl

Sometimes my prose on the internet isn't as descriptive as I'd intended. Either way, it's good to see my 5 words invoked an emphatic 4 paragraph response.

What I meant by "watered down Hendricks and Tonic" was that my drink, a gin and tonic made with Hendricks, as a whole, tasted watered down. I was not making accusations of watering down liquor in the bottle. The drink however, did not contain the ratio of gin as I am accustomed to, especially at the price point I procured said libation from. I have frequented many a tavern in the Greater Boston Area, and while most places are not as classy as Carrie Nation, they do produce better Hendricks and Tonics, a relatively easy drink of 2 ingredients if you do not count the ice and lime. Now who is to say what lead me to the conclusion this beverage was watered down? Could it have been the liquor? Perhaps, but that would not account for watery taste in excess that I experienced. Was it the tonic? A distinct possibility. Perhaps the Ice? If it were not of cold enough temperature or if the ice were of small size (too much surface area) than it would melt to fast rendering me a watery libation? Again, a probably cause. However, when I first tasted said beverage, it still tasted diluted, light on the aromatics I usually experience with gin and light on the carbonation and tonic flavor. Alas, this is a mystery that will vex me until the end of time!

Regardless, in the sake of brevity, I vaguely stated that I had a "watered down Hendrick and Tonic." I regret not previously clarifying, as I did in the above paragraph that is was the DRINK, not the HENDRICKS, that I found to be "watery." I pray neither Carrie Nation, nor any other contributors to this fine message board accuse me of libel, nor do they take me to task any further for my previous post that contained an ambiguous description.

Your first-ever Boston T restaurant map

Even worse is the selection of Blu for the stop that is called "Chinatown."

Obviously this map is mostly garbage, but I do like their inclusion of Lucy on the E line.

Declining quality at Costco?

I go to the Waltham, MA Costco. I got a bag of bad avocados my last time there as well. I also got a rotisserie chicken that wasn't cooked through all the way. Just a little of the breasts was a bit under, but a significant portion of the dark meat was not cooked through. Bear in mind, I chose one of the less cooked looking ones as I feel sometimes the chicken gets dried out. No complaints other than these 2 items on my last visit, hopefully this is not a trend.

Sep 30, 2014
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Beyond the Frost Ice Bar, Boston

Not too much Chowish food by Faniuel Hall (mostly tourist traps) but about half a mile away you could go to Trade for small plates and drinks. Alternatively, you could go to the North End after. Not too many small plate type places there, but depending on the size of your group you may be able to get into Neptune Oyster or just take a crawl/tour of the North End.

Beacon Hill Bar Crawl

I was at Carrie Nation over the weekend. Good scene, but the cocktails I got there were not good. Watered down Hendricks and Tonic and my friends did not give good reviews of their Whiskey Smashes.

Relative Chinatown novice - need dinner recs

Shojo sounds like a good fit, I just want to clarify one thing. Why exactly are you looking in Chinatown for this? Location? And you mentioned Peach Farm and EOC and they are kind of the opposite of Shojo.

Shojo has Asian fusion small plates and while I've only been there once, I found the food to be good. However, it is definitely not traditional Chinese (or Asian) food. If you are OK with this, then it's a good fit for you. The only other places I can think of that serve cocktails are Little Q as mentioned earlier, which is higher end hot pot/sushi/various apps/chinese dishes (food is good, but again not the most authentic as they span many cuisines.) There is also Empire Garden which serves Tiki Drinks, I've never eaten there, but I've assumed they serve more Americanized Chinese dishes there.

Most tradition cuisine restaurants in Chinatown only seem to serve beer and wine at best. As long as you aren't looking for that or Cantonese/Seafood cuisine,(Peach farm and EOC), Shojo should be a great place for dinner and cocktails.

Restaurant Week Starts Tonight

Agreed, especially since they changed to the new Dine out Menu as it essentially increases the price points to $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner.

A suggestion I would have for you is next time to be more selective about your meals. Large chains such as PF Chang's might be skipped over next time. Try going to the real expensive restaurants that still put out a good menu. Some places I've always liked for RW are:
Capital Grill
Meritage
Mistral
Kitchen/Marliave/Grotto (This same restaurant group puts out almost the full menu. Even better value for lunch.)

Anyone else have any good perennial RW restaurants?

Row 34 Sadly Disappoints on Return Visit

I went here for RW last Thursday and it was admittedly my first time there, so I don't have a base line to compare it to. However, I have been to ICOB many times. While I wouldn't say it was as good as ICOB, considering it was an RW lunch, I thoroughly enjoyed it. DC and I both got the lobster tacos for the app. They were good, obviously not heavy on the lobster meat, but I was actually expecting them to skimp more. There was some sort of snafu in ordering the entrees, so they comped us a sea bass ceviche. This was excellent, and to be honest, it wasn't that long for the entrees, I would say we probably only waited an extra 5 mins or so. We split fish and chips and the mussels for the entree. We had no issues with the fry job on the fish and chips, they came out golden brown and delicious. Fish was cooked perfectly, but I will agree that the batter was on the thick/heavy side. No issues with the fries, they were great. Mussels were good too, served with grilled bread and a nice, flavorful broth. For dessert, we both got butterscotch pudding, which was very good.

Best banh mi in Chinatown 2014

Not true, unless there has been a change recently. Mei Sum has always used fresh thai bird chilis.

Omnivore and vegetarian, excited to get time in/around Boston: seeking recs

Interesting that you brought up Burmese food. There's only one Burmese restaurant that I know of, Yoma, in Allston. Generally good, but mixed reviews on this Board, feel free to search it. Definitely on the cheaper end, and will fit your vege/omni requirements. Their salads, such as the tea leaf salad, are very different and quite good. The rest of the food is more hit or miss for me, but ymmv.

Restaurant Week Starts Tonight

Wow, that's a lot of RW meals. Where else do you have reservations?

Best Buffalo Wings!

Obviously I will second Buff's as the top suggestion. But if you are looking downtown, Sidebar has the best buffalo wings. Well not really, but by far the best value. I forget the exact prices, but it's something like $20 for 100 wings. The wings are smaller than normal wings, but you definitely get at least twice as much wing meat as you would for the same price elsewhere. And the wings are surprisingly good (esp compared the the ambiance of the place.)

Prix Fixe Lunch in Boston

Dineout Boston, which the op referred to in her original post, is the new name for Restaurant Week.

OP, are you already going to be near the Boston Common prior to lunch? If not, you could look at other places, such as the Seaport, as it's right on the Silver Line and a quick T ride to the Airport.

Near the Common, Marliave pretty much has their whole menu available for restaurant week, which I've always liked.

Easy question: Any good *dinner* buffets in Boston area?

Most buffets around here are of some sort of ethnic variety. Maki Maki is a sushi buffet and it is a bit pricey, however, they do have pretty good cooked foods and interesting salads at their buffet. I would say they are better than Minado, although I haven't been to Minado in years.

You could also try Hot pot buffet in Chinatown, which as you may guess is all you can eat hot pot aka shabu shabu.

I like Takusan, which is a made to order sushi buffet. They have some great hot foods, such as the bon chon chicken wing, however Sushi is the main draw.

Lulu's Allston, anyone been yet?

been there mainly for drinks but have had just a bit of the food (mainly from friends' plates.) I've tried to refrain from commenting because I haven't had a full meal here, but I feel like I need to chime in and say that it's definitely a step or two above white horse or TITS as far as food goes. I've had the Pretzel "rolls", which were very good, however, they are quite small. You get 4 for $3, which isn't too much to complain about though. The Monkey bread was pretty good, however I wouldn't consider it a must try and I had a bit of my friend's short rib taco, which was solid. I've eaten at TITS/white horse a few times and this food is definitely above their typical bar food/Sysco quality.

Also, the scene here is definitely more upscale than the aformentioned bars, not too many college kids here, it's is mostly the the affluent hipster types. (Not to be confused with the college hipster.)

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

Sorry, I took a less literal interpretation of what he said. I just meant it was not in the style of a Kosher deli, rather it was their own take on it, which we are all in agreement.

I did not mean to imply that the chefs at Moody don't like Kosher Delis. You are right, they probably do, as this is their tribute to it. Regardless, I look forward to trying that sandwich there in the future.

NanaP [Jewish deli in Boston?]

Yes. Have you ever been to a Jewish deli with Jewish friends? I have, and let's just say that some of them are VERY particular about their Jewish delis, which judging by their post, the OP seems to be.

I love Moody's, and I love their pastrami, but it certainly isn't Jewish Deli style.

Best dinner option in Kenmore Square (or around Fenway)?

By the Citizen did you mean Citizen Public Oyster House? Or did they change names? Or is it a different place altogether?

Half-price Sushi for Short Adults?

Not again! Those people under 5 feet tall have it so easy!!!!

Seriously, I doubt they do this, it's probably just for kids. But even if they do, I think it's OK to let them have it...

Fenway for Guys Grabbing Beers

I think you pretty much have all the good places covered in that range.

There's also Fenmore but I don't think the reviews on it are very good.

A step lower and there's Remy's and Yardhouse. I would not suggest any of these over your current list.

Moody's Delicatessen and Provisions

Theory: The store owner across the street put the kibosh on the seats in Moody's provisions in an effort to shut them down. There's only room for one salami business on Moody street....

Lunch in Chinatown under $10 pp

You can definitely take out the lunch specials from Dumpling Cafe. I've done this countless times, the last being last Thursday.

Lunch in Chinatown under $10 pp

Most restaurants in Chinatown have lunch for under $10. Good luck finding any restaurant that takes credit cards for under $10 though...

A few of my favorites:
Dumpling Cafe
Taiwan Cafe
Peach Farm

Yuengling returns to Boston.

Most Yuengling enthusiasts hail from the Pennsylvania area. I think it's mainly regional loyalty and nostalgia as well as a certain myth that gets created when a product isn't regionally available.

I also think it's important to categorize it properly. Yuengling is a cheap macrobeer (although not sure what pricing will be like here.) I definitely prefer Yuengling to budweiser and the like, however if I'm drinking cheap macros, it's usually ___ light, and I'm usually not drinking for taste. If you start comparing Yuengling to a good craft beer, you will be sorely disappointed.

inboston: Korean fried chicken and things

Do you mean 4 wings and 2 drums? Or do do you mean drumettes? Or do they really give more drumsticks than wings?