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NYC couple - 3 days/nights of recs!!

lazylghtng | Aug 24, 201306:54 AM

Up from Brooklyn for three nights in late Sept without the kids! We have visited many times and usually do lunch at Neptune one day, dinner at B&G or Butcher Shop on another, and run the gamut in between. We have done Craigie, No 9, Prezza, Pigalle, Aquitaine, etc. - each for different reasons/circumstances.

This trip, we are holding reservations at Hungry Mother, Oleana, and B&G, but might drop B&G. Where should we go instead? Prefer to not go to Cambridge since we have two dinners there already but are staying downtown. On the other hand, we will go wherever necessary if urged!

Looking for laid back and "distinctly Boston" restaurants that we won't find back home in NYC. As much as I'd like to try Peach Farm or Coppa some day, this isn't the trip for that. Seeking fun, casual spots that are big on ambience/color and void of affectation, pretense or drawn-out tasting menu meals!

If we did hit Cambridge for a 3rd night, any thoughts on Bondir vs Chez Henri? Back in Boston, how about Franklin Cafe?

For lunch...
Beacon Hill: Marliave or Artu if we are downtown/Beacon Hill? Newbury: Where else besides Stephanie's?
Fort Pt/ICA: Sportello, Tavern Rd, 75 on Liberty????

Pushing the envelope here, but any recs on a killer walk-in spot for jazz/blues in Cambridge after Oleana or Hungry Mother. Eyeballing Wally's Cafe back in Boston for one night as well, but clueless in Cambridge. Note: we are mid-40s and need a little more elbow room than when we were 25 ;)


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