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Old 11-08-2012, 04:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm headed to Boston this weekend for the Pats v Bills. Any locals have advice on food, drink, etc?

Edit: This will be my first time in Boston and I'll be in town through Monday.
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Where are you staying - which neighborhood/area of Boston?
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The Westin on the waterfront.
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Nice. So you're over in the Seaport District.

What are you generally looking for - style, price points, etc. I mean, are we talking Dicks in Faneuil Hall where they write on your paper hat that you have a tiny penis or Bristol Lounge in Park Plaza.

Good thing here - lots to recommend/chose from.

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Go into the North End of Boston. Throw a rock down hanover street. Pist the closest eatery to where the rock lands and you will have the best Italian food you have ever eaten.

Or go there for a yummy and go to Mike's Pastery.

Boston is a great walking city. Walk the Freedom Trail if you are into history.

High End shopping on Newbury Street.

It's a great city. Ask any questions you would like.

Let us know what kind of time constraints you have.
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North End - fun atmosphere, tons of great food, very traditional and very lively Italian neighborhood
South End - young, trendy, tons of contemporary American & French restaurants, a bit higher end, also a good dose of shopping, very cool
Beacon Hill/Charles Street - classic New England charm, great restaurants
Faneuil Hall - the "cradle of liberty", Quincy Market (long corridor of take-out restaurants) surrounded by shopping and other sit-in restaurants
Seaport District (where you are staying) - an up & coming and eclectic area, some galleries, has the "ICA" (institute of contemporary arts - pretty sweet place), also some great restaurants down by where you're staying
Back Bay - the aforementioned Newbury Street...Boston's headquarters for high-end shopping, tons of restaurants, people watching, Beacon Street and Commonwealth Ave, both great for walking

Pick any of these areas/neighborhoods and I can name you 5 restaurants/places that are must visits for Boston. Just let me know what you're thinking/want to focus on.
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I was just there and went to Quincy Market. It was pretty cool. Alot of stores and food places
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First Pats game?

Leave an hour earlier than you intended too...traffic is insane on game days...
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Just a couple of rstaurants that you may want to check out in the northend, Tresca (Ray Bourque is an owner/ need Reservations on weekend), Joe Tecce's, Pauli's , desert Modern Pastry Shop (best cannolis in northend!)

Check out Fenway and the surrounding area, even though it's offseason still great to visit, Old North Church and the Freedom Trail/ Faneuil Hall, and you have to walk the Commons!
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I highly suggest Strega on the waterfront!!

The owner is a character straight from any Joe Pecci gangster movie and a very funny guy!
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It's a great city. Ask any questions you would like.
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Thanks for the info guys. We get in town around 12 Saturday. I'm assuming Sunday will be monopolized by the game. I fly out Monday evening so there isn't as much time as I would like. I'm going with a buddy, so when it comes to food I'm looking for casual/informal options where we can walk in wearing a hoodie and jeans. I'm a history nerd, so maybe Monday for some Freedom Trail. What's the opinion of the Harpoon brewery tour? Friends of mine recommended Harpoon over Sam Adams?
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Leave an hour earlier than you intended too...traffic is insane on game days...
We're doing public transport. It'll be the train for us. I was thinking we'd leave out around 11 for the 1PM kick. Aggressive enough or should earlier be necessary?
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I highly suggest Strega on the waterfront!!

The owner is a character straight from any Joe Pecci gangster movie and a very funny guy!
Nick is always a part of the Strega experience, but I would not even try to have dinner on the weekend without a reservation as the wait will be a minimum 2 1/2 -3 hours especially when there is a Pats or Celtics game that weekend.

You will always see a player or two when the Pats (Fri. night and Sun. post game), Bruins (not sure who's around!) or Celtics are in town! That usually includes the opposing teams players also.
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Thanks for the info guys. We get in town around 12 Saturday. I'm assuming Sunday will be monopolized by the game. I fly out Monday evening so there isn't as much time as I would like. I'm going with a buddy, so when it comes to food I'm looking for casual/informal options where we can walk in wearing a hoodie and jeans. I'm a history nerd, so maybe Monday for some Freedom Trail. What's the opinion of the Harpoon brewery tour? Friends of mine recommended Harpoon over Sam Adams?
Harpoon will be more convenient for you based on where you are staying, they have Tasting parties at 2:00 & 4:00 which are very, ehh informative and the beer flows like wine!!!
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We're doing public transport. It'll be the train for us. I was thinking we'd leave out around 11 for the 1PM kick. Aggressive enough or should earlier be necessary?
Plan on 10:00 as the trains out of the city from 11:00 on will be packed. you don't want to be rushing and should check out the parking lot scene on the way in, plenty of friendly folks who may just feed ya!
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Plan on 10:00 as the trains out of the city from 11:00 on will be packed. you don't want to be rushing and should check out the parking lot scene on the way in, plenty of friendly folks who may just feed ya!
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Harpoon will be more convenient for you based on where you are staying, they have Tasting parties at 2:00 & 4:00 which are very, ehh informative and the beer flows like wine!!!
Nice. This will be added to the itinerary.

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Nick is always a part of the Strega experience, but I would not even try to have dinner on the weekend without a reservation as the wait will be a minimum 2 1/2 -3 hours especially when there is a Pats or Celtics game that weekend.

You will always see a player or two when the Pats (Fri. night and Sun. post game), Bruins (not sure who's around!) or Celtics are in town! That usually includes the opposing teams players also.
I'm looking for more informal places without reservations. I like idea of possibly sitting next to Gronk as he eats 8lbs of lobster while Nicky Santoro keeps everyone in line, but I want to make it an overall guys trip where we drink beer and have some laughs.
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Nice. This will be added to the itinerary.



I'm looking for more informal places without reservations. I like idea of possibly sitting next to Gronk as he eats 8lbs of lobster while Nicky Santoro keeps everyone in line, but I want to make it an overall guys trip where we drink beer and have some laughs.
Don't really think you will have to Whack anybody LOL, and the Brewery is a 5-10minute stumble from your hotel! As far as casual dining I would strongly suggest the 'No Name' restaurant on Fish Pier, you will not get more of an insane serving of seafood than this place!
Very casual (Belichick hoody accepted) back in the day it used to be a BYOB where you could walk in with a case of beer! They now have a beer menu.

Enjoy the city, it's the best city IMO!!
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Don't really think you will have to Whack anybody LOL, and the Brewery is a 5-10minute stumble from your hotel! As far as casual dining I would strongly suggest the 'No Name' restaurant on Fish Pier, you will not get more of an insane serving of seafood than this place!
Very casual (Belichick hoody accepted) back in the day it used to be a BYOB where you could walk in with a case of beer! They now have a beer menu.

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Seconded!

Also as has been said there are SO many different options in Quincy Market.

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I like the Financial District, that's where I normally stay. Within walking distance of everything. Howl @ The Moon, The Place, Black Rose, etc just a few great bars to have a good time at.
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Go into the North End of Boston. Throw a rock down hanover street. Pist the closest eatery to where the rock lands and you will have the best Italian food you have ever eaten.

Or go there for a yummy and go to Mike's Pastery.

Boston is a great walking city. Walk the Freedom Trail if you are into history.

High End shopping on Newbury Street.

It's a great city. Ask any questions you would like.

Let us know what kind of time constraints you have.

Here is reality for ya. I live in the North End, and have been here for over 5 years. Hanover Street is a tourist trap, full of overpriced Italian restaurants with the same exact boring menus. Go to Salem Street as they have more underrated restaurants, it's the next street over from Hanover and it runs parallel. Look up behind the giant billboard and say hi to me cause that's where I live! Oh, and Mike's Pastry will always have a line that is 10 miles long. Try Modern instead.

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Here is reality for ya. I live in the North End, and have been here for over 5 years. Hanover Street is a tourist trap, full of overpriced Italian restaurants with the same exact boring menus. Go to Salem Street as they have more underrated retaurants, it's the next street over from Hanover and it runs parallel. Look up behind the giant billboard and say hi to me cause that's where I live! Oh, and Mike's Pastry will always have a line that is 10 miles long. Try Modern instead.

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[QUOTE=TASS;3612610]Just a couple of rstaurants that you may want to check out in the northend, Tresca (Ray Bourque is an owner/ need Reservations on weekend), Joe Tecce's, Al Dente & Pauli's , desert Modern Pastry Shop (best cannolis in northend!)


Matt saw your post and havin spent a fair time in the northend myself, I have to agree with some of your comments, also had mentioned Modern Pastry in a previous post and fully agree!

I'm Italian and am pretty picky when ordering and eating Italian Food from a restaurant.

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Just a couple of rstaurants that you may want to check out in the northend, Tresca (Ray Bourque is an owner/ need Reservations on weekend), Joe Tecce's, Al Dente & Pauli's , desert Modern Pastry Shop (best cannolis in northend!)
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Matt saw your post and havin spent a fair time in the northend myself, I have to agree with some of your comments, also had mentioned Modern Pastry in a previous post and fully agree!

I'm Italian and am pretty picky when ordering and eating Italian Food from a restaurant.
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