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Just booked myself into a conference in Boston next month - staying at The Langham in the Financial District.

I'll basically have two evenings (a Wed and Thurs) to eat and wander around - what should I do and where should I eat?  (can be a nice restaurant but not super expensive, I think my limit is $30 for dinner on expense account)

I did the tourist/historical stuff when I was there in 2002 so I don't need do the Freedom Trail again.


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Just booked myself into a conference in Boston next month - staying at The Langham in the Financial District.

I'll basically have two evenings (a Wed and Thurs) to eat and wander around - what should I do and where should I eat?  (can be a nice restaurant but not super expensive, I think my limit is $30 for dinner on expense account)

I did the tourist/historical stuff when I was there in 2002 so I don't need do the Freedom Trail again.

$30 meal limit?  They know you're eating in Boston right???   :laugh:

I'm super swamped at work right now and just popped on BP'er to see what was happening, but let me collect my thoughts later tonight, and I'll give you some recommendations!  

One quick question...will you have a rental car, or will your choices be restricted to public transportation?


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Massive budget traveler, here. I might have found a backyard to pitch a tent.

I'd first suggest Groupon. Find some good things there.

Then, STAY WAY FROM THE BRIGHT LIGHTS!

I've traveled the world and have, almost to every instance, found that getting into the backstreets have left me with the best experience.

Ethnic street food. An affordable staple in any big city.

That's my hike. That said, HYOH. More importantly, BYOF.


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That said, HYOH. More importantly, BYOF.

BYOF?

Who camps on a business trip?  Not me!  Totally impractical in this case, as if I'm going to roll out of a tent and throw on a suit for a conference?!  Appreciate the input, but it's not what I asked for - not looking for a cultural experience or lecture on how to avoid tourist traps, just something to do for a few hours each night.  If I go to Bangladesh or Bangkok I'll heed your wisdom.

Eastie - I don't plan on renting a car, just walking or taking a cab if walking is out.  (Not opposed to public transit, but my time is limited from about 5pm to bedtime both nights)


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BYOF = Be Your Own Fire. Punkybrewster and I just came up with that this past weekend. Along the lines of HYOH.

Didn't know it was a biz thing. Even then, I might have found a b/y. Just saying...

In any event, I still say look at Groupon. Fun, cheap stuff.


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As a person looking for a Boston experience with a $30 limit, I'd go James Hook & Co Lobsters. Buy yourself some friggin' chowder. Don't expect the best service in the world, you're in Boston and the lobsters are coming right off the boats.

If you have time, you should go to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's so unique and the location of one of the biggest art heists in US history at $500 million in stolen art. Did you visit this museum on your last trip to Boston?

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As a person looking for a Boston experience with a $30 limit, I'd go James Hook & Co Lobsters. Buy yourself some friggin' chowder. Don't expect the best service in the world, you're in Boston and the lobsters are coming right off the boats.

If you have time, you should go to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. It's so unique and the location of one of the biggest art heists in US history at $500 million in stolen art. Did you visit this museum on your last trip to Boston?

Have fun!

Well, if I have to spend more, I have to spend more - $30 is the guideline, and was looking to stay low given my hotel room is $319 a night (gulp) - but I want to eat well while I'm there, just don't want to gouge the company credit card with lobsters and bottles of wine!

Did not see that museum, I'll have to check and if if they are open in the evening.s

James Hook came up on Yelp when I searched the neighborhood of my hotel, so I'll check it out.  Thanks!


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Who camps on a business trip?

Guilty.

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Totally impractical in this case, as if I'm going to roll out of a tent and throw on a suit for a conference?!

Guilty again. You could even do some urban stealth camping with this beauty: http://www.fieldcandy.com/original/bricksandmortar.htm

In regards to the OP... although I usually end up doing a couple of business trips to Beantown each year, I'm not a local, so I don't know all the neat places to eat, etc. I either try to catch a Red Sox game at Fenway, just walk around town, or find a nice pub and get drunk with the locals. If I end up with an entire day free, I may try to book a fishing charter or whale watch... but I haven't done that yet. Eh... who am I kidding... I usually spend my time stuck in traffic.


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Okay. So my plan is to give you some "locals only" suggestions because I think that is the best way to really experience a city.  Boston is full of tourist traps, that are enjoyable, but are often overpriced (which is why I playfully laughed at the $30 meal reimbursement).  So, first up do you like/would you like to try some great Korean cuisine?  Maybe not the first thing you think about in Boston, but there's a place called Suishaya in Chinatown.  It's actually Korean/Japanese fusion, but I've always stuck with the Korean and some sushi.  Some Yelpers say this place is expensive, but I feel like they're comparing to a typical Chinese-American restaurant, which this is not.  My personal recommendation is the Spicy Pork Bulgoki and my fiancee loves the Bi  Bim Bap (which can be veggies or meat).  This should be right in the $30 wheel house

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If you're feeling like comfort food, there's a little hole in the wall called Silvertone's (and as a bonus it's just steps away from the beautiful Boston Common).  This is MY FAVORITE comfort food go to.  Everything on the menu is good.  The setting is semi-trendy, but don't let that scare you.  Again, it's not highly advertised, so it's mostly locals which I think you'll find charming.  Prices should be in the $30 wheelhouse.  By the way both this restaurant and the Korean one mentioned above would be within walking distance of your hotel.

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Irish Pub - Black Rose; it's a little touristy because it's adjacent to Fanuiel Hall, but they have authentic food, servers, and musicians.  It's a fairly-priced and neat little spot, also within walking distance.

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And last for food recommendations is the Seaport District.  This is an up and coming neighborhood just south of downtown, so you might want to take a cab (which are notoriously expensive in Boston) but you could walk it too.  Seaport district has great restaurants throughout.  My personal recommendation would be The Barking Crab.  Really cool location right on the water, where folks can dock their boats and just walk right on into the restaurant. Great seafood, fairly priced, very popular with the after work crowd especially on a nice summer day.  I'd really recommend trying this place, it gives you a little of everything you'd expect in Boston, and who doesn't love the smell of the salt water in the air while munching on some crabs and the like.

Note I changed the name of the restaurant...I originally said Joe's Crab Shack, and I meant to say The Barking Crab.


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Sorry this was all so lengthy..As far as stuff to do Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Museum of Arts, walk the Boston Common, walk up Hanover Street in the North End (the famed Italian Neighborhood).  Definitely a subway ride away, but a beautiful walk can be had along the Charles River by taking the Green Line to one of the Boston University stops.  There's always charming Newbury St with it's significantly overpriced stores, but still a nice neighborhood to poke around in.

PS.  www.mbta.com will allow you to plan travel by entering a starting/ending point, and it will tell you which color subway lines to take and what not.


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I was blown away by Legal Seafood's restaurant there. It's like the Disneyland of seafood.

PS - Is having a fish tank in a seafood restaurant  unethical? :D


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I was blown away by Legal Seafood's restaurant there. It's like the Disneyland of seafood.

PS - Is having a fish tank in a seafood restaurant  unethical? :D

Haha, it's borderline...excuse me waiter...yeah I'll take that little guy swimming around right there....oh wait where did he go...okay whatever you can catch is fine.

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Wow, hadn't checked in for a couple days..thanks!  I will note these and likely try the Barking Crab and one other.  Have to have some seafood while I'm there!

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Wow, hadn't checked in for a couple days..thanks!  I will note these and likely try the Barking Crab and one other.  Have to have some seafood while I'm there!

You're quite welcome!  You're going to love the Barking Crab (I'm crossing my fingers that it will be a nice day that way they open up all the "windows").

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Will be south of there in Brant Rock this weekend

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As with everything else in life what I like , you may not.  I work in Boston and there are great things to do all over the city.  There are great concerts in the city at places like, TD bank Garden(where Bruins and Celtics play) The Pavillion, And numerous places on Comm. ave. for the young crazies.  The Klink is a cool bar in the old Charles St. Jail and the Fairmont Copley should have their new bar open, I was working on that one.  The food is great here too.  Legal Seafoods was mentioned, but there is a cool place called LTK(Legal's Test Kitchen where)it is in "Southie" next to the Renaissance Hotel.  The best chowda is just a two minute walk from there to the fish pier and find the No Name restaurant.  It's wicked good chowda.  Abe and Louie's in Copley is a good steak place.  My question for you is what do you like?
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Brant Rock can be a fun place too
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$30 is a pretty small budget for eating out in Boston but it is possible to get a delicious deal at that price. There is this new AMAZING waffle place called Saus right near the Haymarket T Station. They are one of the cheapest food places in that region but their food is of good quality. They have sandwiches too that are generally cheap and are equally as good. Also check Groupon, you might be able to find a good daily deal regarding activities Boston can offer or places to eat that normally would be more expensive.
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I highly recommend the TripAdvisor City Guide free app--you can find restaurants, accommodations and attractions all over town for whatever you are willing to pay.  Had a fantabulous time in Boston in August.  Mike's Pastry in the North End is not to be missed!  The Chinatown hostel is cool, and at $50 night the most reasonably-priced shelter in Boston.  Have fun!

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Uhhhh....folks.  Firedancer in her OP said in May, that she was going to Boston the following month.  Yeaaahhh, we're in September now, lol.  :p

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Uhhhh....folks.  Firedancer in her OP said in May, that she was going to Boston the following month.  Yeaaahhh, we're in September now, lol.  :p

what the hell, nothing else going on hear anyway.
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Hehe.  I was wondering how the trip was though.
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Thats ok.  I'm heading there next week and appreciated the suggestions also.
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Great, enjoy it.  Visit the Freedom Trail, The US Constitution, Science Museum, New England Aquarium, Sam Adams Brewery, Harpoon Brewery.  Hike the Blue Hills, it's a great park outside the city with great views.  Plenty to do in the big city.
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