Hi there, Boston Hounds, and apologies in advance for this long, rambling post!
I would appreciate some help putting together an itinerary for our upcoming trip to the East Coast. We will be in Boston in early October for a short weekend (with a night in Salem for a wedding)…I’ve done quite a bit of poking around your board, and I’m having a terrible time making decisions! We are staying Saturday night only right near Copley Square, and we will have a rental car although I plan on parking it once we get into the city and relying on walking/cabs/public transport. The more walking, the better!
The husband and I like all types of food and don’t really have a budget, though we’d like to avoid Mexican food (have a ton of it here in Phoenix) and sushi (the husband could take it or leave it). We are in our late 20s/mid 30s. We like good food, good atmosphere, and good people watching. For a frame of reference, in our most recent trip we went to NYC and our highlights were Minetta Tavern and Locanda Verde. Here are the meals we are looking for, and any info that might be helpful:
Saturday Lunch – Driving into town from Maine and need lunch before our bike tour at 2PM—bike tour departs near the aquarium, so lunch near there would be great! Thinking Neptune Oyster…or are we going to wait so long that we’ll be late for the bike ride?
Saturday Dinner/Cocktails – Somewhere dressy, but not stuffy. Just somewhere I could wear a nice pair of heels to and not feel out of place. Would like to do dinner somewhere that is in walking distance to a bar or two. Doesn’t have to be bar-only, can be a bar inside of a restaurant. Thinking of dinner at either Eastern Standard Kitchen or Island Creek Oyster Bar and then visiting the other for a cocktail/snack and possibly The Hawthorne as well. Might also venture over to The Beehive later since it looks relatively close to our hotel. Do we need a reservation at The Beehive? I am PRO reservations in a big way, and will be making them for dinner if possible.
Sunday Breakfast – I think we may venture over to Cambridge this morning. I was intrigued by Flour Bakery & Café, but they open so darn late! The husband and I are early risers and will probably need breakfast at 7AM, 8AM at the latest. Any recommendations for Cambridge (preferably) or Back Bay?
Sunday Lunch – Sunday lunch might be more like Sunday brunch because Lucky’s Lounge and their Sinatra brunch sounds pretty intriguing (is it just one guy singing, or a whole band?), and it looks like there are a couple of spots to have a cocktail with a view nearby. If we do Lucky’s, would you recommend Sam’s, Legal Harborside, etc. for a quick stop? Or am I missing a better Sunday lunch elsewhere all together?
Monday Lunch – I think this is reserved for Radius, unfortunately, because it would fit better in our Saturday but I don’t think they are open for lunch. My boss, who used to live in Boston and visits frequently, knows that my husband is a burger aficionado (is that a thing?) and highly recommended this place. I read the rave reviews for Craigie’s and The Butcher Shop, but if we go somewhere for a burger it has to be Radius per The Boss’s recommendation.
So that’s it! I have a bunch of other restaurants that look great but can’t quite figure out where to fit them in…should I swap any of these out? Am I missing anything?
The Butcher Shop
Craigie on Main
No 9 Park
Gaslight Brasserie du Coin
Additionally, if anyone has a breakfast recommendation in Salem, I’m all ears!
Many thanks for your time and advice! Can’t wait to eat my way through your fantastic city!