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Tracey
04-27-2012, 07:14 AM
Anyone have a suggestion for a place to feed 10 people lunch after my daughters graduation in Boston next month?

I've been on Yelp all week and I keep backing into Legal Seafood, although she is appalled and says it's a tourist trap and she'd rather have beer and fries on picnic tables at the Barking Crab.

Well I would rather, too; but that's not gonna fly with the grandma's.

Hwyl
04-27-2012, 07:23 AM
There's a place in the North End, on the same street as the Coast Guard, it's name eludes me,but I'd say the North End in general(parking is an issue) . Congrats btw

Donn
04-27-2012, 07:26 AM
Here's Zagat's opinion. (http://www.zagat.com/buzz/bostons-10-best-restaurants-survey-results-for-top-food)

StevenBauer
04-27-2012, 07:53 AM
Congratulations to the new grad. We have a graduation coming up next month, too. I don't think we have as many restaurants to choose from in Middlebury, Vermont.


Steven

Tom Hunter
04-27-2012, 07:53 AM
Congratulations

Where is she graduating from? Where are your hotels? How are you getting from the hotel to graduation?

Chris Coose
04-27-2012, 08:30 AM
Last trip to Boston (3 months ago) I finally took a hesitant trip to the top of the Prudential building with the family. The prices for lunch were reasonable, service was above par and the food was good. The view is superb. I got a nice chicken ceasar salad for $12.00 as I recall.
I am really really spoiled living in Portland, every meal from breakfast to supper in any restaraunt is excellent and I know that by eating out in other towns and regions and finding mediocrity most everywhere.

I'd return to the Pru with the kind of crew you are with but not necessarily if I was looking for a knock-my-socks-off meal.

Anthony Zucker
04-27-2012, 08:30 AM
I sent your query to one of our daughters who is getting her doctorate at BU the same day. She's lived around Boston for several years, is now married with one and 2/3rds children, living in suburban Winchester. We'll be up there for that weekend

Here's her response;

The Barking Crab is fantastic (but spendy) picnic tables and tons of
good fried stuff.

Depending on where they are staying, since graduation is around lunch
and this is for dinner, why not hit the road (or commuter rail?) and
get great seafood anywhere up or down the coast? As we did with the
GPS it is easy to find lovely places, esp Rockport, Salem, (a
surprising dining destination lately) etc. Not too far, but Boston is
going to be insane. We are going to make reservations in Burlington,
so 9 miles from graduation.

If they want in town, grandmother approved and right there, call
Eastern Standard (first floor of Hotel Commonwealth) right now. They
have a really nice raw bar. Of course Anthony's is a fave of the older
crowd and those popovers are pretty amazing. Tavern on the Water or
the many new places in Charlestown in the navy yard are all nice but
they change names every few weeks so hard to keep track. The North End
will of course be a mob scene, but if they stick to public
transportation just about anywhere there is amazing. Yelp helps. We
went to a nice Italian seafood place across from the huge wine
shop...but I've had great meals in the NE in basements.

JBreeze
04-27-2012, 08:39 AM
For Grandma's and seafood there is Anthony's Pier 4 on the waterfront....I wouldn't go there (overpriced, etc.) but there is parking and grandma's love the place. Just don't send me the tab.

David W Pratt
04-27-2012, 09:35 AM
If she has said "Barking Crab" do that, it is her day.
Where does she attend?

Tracey
04-29-2012, 04:01 PM
If she has said "Barking Crab" do that, it is her day.
Where does she attend?
Thanks everyone, for the congratulations. It's a fine day to see the youngest graduate.
Marie finished her Business degree at Simmons College. Like many of her peers she has no solid job offers, but plenty of internships to choose from...thankfully, hers will be a paying one. Let the loan repayment begin! |;)


We've now shifted the family thing to dinner, and she and the cousins and brothers will likely hit Barking Crab for lunch. Jim and I are going to the Union Oyster House. I've still got to sort out dinner for 12.

Donn, Prezza's is booked every weekend forever. Drat.

What I really need is a place like Carmine's in Manhattan: family style dinner, not too posh, a nice Chianti.... comfortable chairs.

Tracey
04-29-2012, 04:06 PM
Congratulations

Where is she graduating from? Where are your hotels? How are you getting from the hotel to graduation?

The graduation is on the wharf at the Bank of America Pavilion. Some family are right there at the Marriott, some closer to Logan, and we are southeast of Quincy, as it seemed easier (and cheaper) to park the car and the van out of town. Just to add to this enjoyable occasion, we have to move her out of her 3rd floor apt the next day.:rolleyes:

Tracey
04-29-2012, 04:08 PM
Congratulations to the new grad. We have a graduation coming up next month, too. I don't think we have as many restaurants to choose from in Middlebury, Vermont. Steven

Congratulations to you and Mary!!
I know nothing about Middlebury, but if the restaurant pickings are slim I hope you have a reservation already!

elf
04-29-2012, 04:13 PM
Isn't there a restaurant in the Top of the Pru?

http://www.prudentialcenter.com/dine/dine_detail.php?id=61

This looks interesting, too.

http://www.prudentialcenter.com/dine/dine_detail.php?id=71

Tracey
04-29-2012, 04:17 PM
Isn't there a restaurant in the Top of the Pru?

http://www.prudentialcenter.com/dine/dine_detail.php?id=61

Chris, is this where you were?

elf
04-29-2012, 04:22 PM
Here's a little, very interesting Japanese restaurant that's not too far from Simmons. It's Japanese in one storefront and Chinese next door.

http://ginzajapanese.com/

elf
04-29-2012, 04:30 PM
Here's a site that compares seafood restaurants in Boston with comments.

http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=boston+seafood+best+restaurant&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

I simply would never go to Seagal Leafoods. It's so horribly noisy and commercialized that I can't stand it. Even the one in Copley Place is so urban and pretentious. Upscale is the word, and the food is way overproduced. I like my seafood with a lot less "presentation".

Fun commentary here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/705086

Chris Coose
04-29-2012, 06:22 PM
Chris, is this where you were?

Yes.
One thing I thought of since. We got a meter a ways away because we were interested in walking around. I'd bet parking there could cost as much as lunch! It really was a very nice luncheon.

elf
04-29-2012, 07:15 PM
The Pru is completely public transportation accessible. Leave the cars far, far away.

eastern270
04-30-2012, 07:12 AM
I live 15 miles SW of Boston. I only go into Boston a hand full of times per year with my 3 young ones. Usually a train ride to South Station and a walk to The Hard Rock Cafe in Fanuel Hall for lunch and back home. Im not suggesting the Hard Rock. Boylston St has alot of well known resturants including The Top of The Hub in the Prudential building. I have been there and enjoyed the food very much but I don't like heights. Copley Square also has some good resturants. Another thought I had was taking a dinner cruise on the Odyssey. I have been on that twice and liked it very much. About $120/head plus tip and drinks. The Spinnaker is another resturant I used to like to go to althought I haven't been in at least 10 years. Its along the Charles River and rotates 360 degrees. I hope this helps some.
http://www.odysseycruises.com/Boston/book-now

Tracey
04-30-2012, 03:21 PM
I live 15 miles SW of Boston. I only go into Boston a hand full of times per year with my 3 young ones. Usually a train ride to South Station and a walk to The Hard Rock Cafe in Fanuel Hall for lunch and back home. Im not suggesting the Hard Rock. Boylston St has alot of well known resturants including The Top of The Hub in the Prudential building. I have been there and enjoyed the food very much but I don't like heights. Copley Square also has some good resturants. Another thought I had was taking a dinner cruise on the Odyssey. I have been on that twice and liked it very much. About $120/head plus tip and drinks. The Spinnaker is another resturant I used to like to go to althought I haven't been in at least 10 years. Its along the Charles River and rotates 360 degrees. I hope this helps some.
http://www.odysseycruises.com/Boston/book-now

Thanks so much! The Odyssey sounds and looks very nice, but for 12 people it's a bit steep this year :)
maybe when she finishes grad school though!