Hi Boston hounds. NY CH coming up with my family - husband and two kids (tweens) for three days - May 8, 9 and 10. I went to school up there but haven't been back in about 20 years and know that so much has changed. I will do research on this board but hope you all can give us a head start. No real limitations but want to include as many of the following as possible:
1. Seafood (how can you not?)
2. Ice Cream (told the kids Boston has some of the best so it has to be really good)
3. Great breakfasts
4. Light, easy lunch places or great snacks in lieu of lunch
5. Quintessential old school Boston
6. Quintessential new school Boston
7. Some real typical neighborhood joints with great food
6. Late night dessert (if other than ice cream merits).
All ethnic directions are of interest - except Chinese (we do that pretty well down here). I'd pass on Italian too since we do that pretty well down here too but the North End is its own animal and we've got to eat somewhere over there so tell me where to go and where to avoid.
Will be spending time in the Back Bay (reminiscing and likely feeling very old), the Fens, doing the Freedom Trail so North End , downtown, etc; the Common and Newberry Street, possibly also going to check out South Boston as I hear that's now an interesting neighborhood, Cambridge, Harbor, etc. Trying to it a lot in a short amount of time and get in meals too.
Only absolute "no" is franchise restaurants and touristy places. We will be staying in the Copley Square area and will be very mobile.
If you don't have time to do a full itinerary just throw out your one or two "MUST" dining spots.
Thanks in advance all. Your help is greatly appreciated.