Im back from my trip to Boston and thought I would report back. You guys gave us so many great recommendations and unfortunately we could not visit but a few of the places you mentioned. Our biggest regret was not getting to Grotto, we kept canceling the reservation and postponing for the next day and everyday we were too tired to make it. We did go to The Copenhagen Bakery and LOVED it. Im originally a Dane so I can tell you that their pastry is the real thing. I only wish they had a selection of open faced sandwiches which are very popular in Denmark, it seemed they could use a few more Scandinavian lunch items. We had 4 pastry and then one of the raspberry filled frogs on the way out- if you havent had one you must try it, it looks like something that is only fun to look at but actually tastes great. It has a base of cookie and rasberry jam and a center of rasberry crème!
We made it to Chinatown and had dim sum at I think it was called China Pearl? The dim sum was great although a little slow coming, Ive never had har gow with such large shrimps in it! We ordered a soup off the menu that was a little bland but everything else was great. I was sorry the lobster dumpling came after we were already too full to try it. Even in NY I have never had a lobster dumpling, I have to try it next time.
We had Indian buffet in Brookline, I cant remember the name but it was right on the main drag- we were looking for the Thai everyone recommended but could not find it and were told by the owner of a crepe shop it was too far to walk (the crepes looked and smelled amazing). After lunch we walked right past it! So it was not too far after all, well try it next time- I love the segmented plates I saw while walking by. The Indian buffet was good, although the selection limited. It was during the week so I guess that may be why?
We also went to the Union Oyster House, one that Im sure you would not recommend but my husband being a history buff HAD to go there, it was nice atmosphere, great soup, both the fish chowder and clam chowder, loved the corn bread. The entrees were OK, I had fish and chips and the chips were terrible, my mother had crab cakes that tasted nice but had way too much bread filler. The prices were not too high for a tourist trap and overall we enjoyed it, the wait staff were so pleasant that we didnt mind too much.
Thats about it, aside from a few visits to the Cracker Barrel which we do not have in NY- I know its not chowhound quality but its fun. We are coming back in October and hope to get to some less touristy and more chowhoundy locations! Overall we loved Boston and did not have a bad meal there.