Bit of a late report, but I wanted to post our Boston dining experience from April. Many thanks to the Hounds that helped us with our decisions!
O Ya – Sat at the counter and did the Grand Omakase. Bit of a splurge, but the dishes were great. Rather than describe them in detail (I’m guessing they change the menu regularly), I will just say that the experience was worth it for us. We don’t have a ton of great options for sushi/Asian food (Portland, OR), and this is something we just can not get. The dishes were beautiful, thoughtfully composed, and delicious.
Eastern Standard Kitchen – Stopped by Saturday before the game and had the burger. It was a tasty version and I wish we could have explored the food and drink menu further.
L’Espalier (Chef’s Table) – This was great! I’m not sure how I would have felt about the food/experience in the dining room, but sitting at our own table *in the kitchen* was a blast, as it allowed us to see how hard everyone works in the kitchen, especially at the peak times. We were seated behind a plexiglass barrier of sorts, but had a great view. Be forewarned that it is warm in the kitchen and you will leave smelling a bit greasy (so leave your jackets/sweaters out front). This was a minor thing for us and did not detract from our experience. When we first arrived and were seated, our hostess gave us a visual tour of the kitchen, describing which stations were where and pointing out who was in charge. There was some occasional banter with the kitchen staff and the food was generally very enjoyable, though not always excellent. A highly recommended experience overall.
Coppa (brunch) – This was also a great suggestion. It fills up pretty quickly, so we were happy we had made a reservation. We enjoyed all of our selections and, again, wished we could have come back to try some of the other offerings later in the day.
Lucca Back Bay – This was the carb-loading spot the night before the marathon (she ran, I was a spectator). Loved this place and probably would have gone back again Monday night after the Marathon if not for the unfortunate end to that day. We shared a braised oxtail dish, a confited duck dish, and two different pastas (both of which were great). Cocktails were good. We would definitely go back on a future trip.
Our best to the folks of Boston as they deal with the aftermath of the Marathon bombings.