I need help firming my my eating agenda for a weekend visit from NYC next weekend.
Firstly, let me thank all of you Boston Chowhounds for giving such helpful and pointed feedback! I have been able to distill a lot of great info from running searches and viewing other posts. But, I do have a few clarifying questions I think you can help with.
Dilemma 1: Dinner Friday
Arriving around 8pm Friday night and need a dinner destination. We are staying near the Boston Convention Center. Likely we will do a minimal amount of trekking around that night. Anything worthy in the Waterfront or nearby Downtown area? Nothing too $$ as we are saving our big hitter for Saturday. No sports bars. Nothing asian (as we get plenty of great thai, sushi, chinese in NYC). Nothing we need a reservation for.
Dilemma 2: Breakfast
We have 2 morning meals in Boston so ideas for favorite places around town are great. Again...likely Downtown area will make the most sense since we'll start our day there. Diners, cafes, coffee shops - we are open. Great coffee is a must.
Dilemma 3: Knock our socks off dinner
We have already decided on Pizzeria Regina and Neptune Oyster for lunches. But...I want to find our really amazing meal of the trip (though i expect this pizza is going to make me a sincerely happy girl!!). In general...we want incredible and interesting food. This does not mean "weird" or 'trendy". We ate at Chez L'Epicier in Montreal and it was one of our favorite meals ever. Very recognizable ingredients, but put together in surprising ways (peanut crusted seared tuna, basil spaeztle, pineapple creme brulee). Amazingly delicious, lovely space, good service, well-priced. We don't mind a pricey venue, but it has to be a good value.
My short list so far includes Sel de la Terre, Eastern Standard. What am I missing? Seafood, French, Italian, Indian, Spanish - we are pretty open to cuisine except for asian.
We are looking forward to your fair city! Thank you for your insights and I promise to let you know our impressions.