Rubins: closes too early (sorry, it's the summer and we New Yorkers don't get the whole 8:30 thing) and not impressed with the food, silly-looking fish-shaped freezer type chicken nuggets and a small deli sandwich, burger ok.
Ramis: knocked it out of the park. great cigars, mixed grill, chumus, pitas. owner is the quintessential friendly, effusive Israeli restaurant guy--great conversation, great food.
Taam China Newton: Um...where to begin. No Chinese noodles, no rice with our main dishes, food prepared in under 4 minutes (a bit too quick, we thought), rude waitresses/manager? kept asking if we were ready to order when we clearly were still discussing what to order, phone kept ringing in our ears and since no one answered it, it would go to voice mail and we had to hear the voice mail greeting loudly each and every time the phone rang, waitress chased a customer out the door asking for her tip, portion of chicken and vegies was very small--and again, no rice, pou pou platter was ok but not much else.
Bottom line: mediocre food in Boston--disappointing.
RV trip to Maine that led to the Boston stop--priceless.