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Title: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: LilRip on June 07, 2018, 10:41:39 PM
So Iíve been on these boards for a bit (not always the most active but I try) and I was hoping to seek advice from my fellow CB-ers!

On June 17th-20th, Iíll be making my first extended trip in Boston. Iíve passed by before (made a quick stop to the Garden to watch a game), but Iíve never actually ever stayed in the city. So staying there for 4 days and 3 nights, what should I do or check out?

I definitely wanna go to the Garden again. Buy some merchandise and stuff. Iím also thinking of riding the Hop on Hop off (though I donít know where to hop on and hop off). Looking forward to eating some clam chowder too.

Any other ideas though would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance! Super excited to finally go to Boston! :)


Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: tarheelsxxiii on June 07, 2018, 10:57:49 PM
I hear you asking me to come with, and I accept your invitation.  This will be a great trip!

Fellow CBers, please advise LilRip and me!
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: manl_lui on June 07, 2018, 11:01:18 PM
depends what you want to do

1. Seaport is one place i recommend especially now they are building lots of new attraction there. King's bowling is new and is kind of nice (it's more of a bar than anything), and if you walk a bit further down by Del Fresco's, beautiful view, also lots of bars and restaurants

2. Go to Cambridge, visit Harvard, literally lots to do.

3. Prudential/Backbay area, you can pay to go on Duck Boat tours to go around Boston, and you'll also get to go on the Charles as well

4. I'm usually a sucker for museums wherever I go so if you've never been, and also like that kind of stuff, Museum of Fine Arts is another destination i recommend.

5. Not to sound bias since I'm Asian but have you thought about food in Chinatown :D lol

6. Fenway! even if you're not watching the Sox, that area is still nice to walk around, plenty of bars!

7. Quincy Market / faneuil hall also close to the North End and some other historical sites! 
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: Roy H. on June 07, 2018, 11:09:43 PM
Duck Tours; top of the Pru; Black Rose; the Aquarium; Freedom Trail; USS Constitution; Annaís Taqueria; walk down Newbury Street; The Fours; Cask and Flagon; Grill 23; the North End; Mikeís Pastry
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: Beat LA on June 07, 2018, 11:11:51 PM
I hear you asking me to come with, and I accept your invitation.  This will be a great trip!

Fellow CBers, please advise LilRip and me!

Not going to lie - just going by the thread title I thought that LilRip was a rapper and someone was going to ask about getting tickets, lol ;D.
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: liam on June 07, 2018, 11:17:42 PM
Duck Tours; top of the Pru; Black Rose; the Aquarium; Freedom Trail; USS Constitution; Annaís Taqueria; walk down Newbury Street; The Fours; Cask and Flagon; Grill 23; the North End; Mikeís Pastry

Does the Black Rose still have that chicken pot pie served in a little loaf of bread? My Brother tells me they've changed it up but still excellent. I hardly ever go downtown any more but he works down there.
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: number_n9ne on June 07, 2018, 11:42:46 PM
Food
Chinatown:
Hot Pot Buffet
Kung Fu Tea
Gourmet Dumpling House

Back Bay:
Erbaluce (North End Italian food is overrated, go here)

Near the Garden:
West End Johnny's
The Red Hat

Downtown Crossing:
Falafel King

Seaport:
Harpoon Brewery

If you have time take the train or ferry to Salem, MA.
Gulu Gulu
Opus
Ledger
Notch Brewery
Turner's Seafood
BrewBox (coffee)
Far From the Tree Cidery
Bit Bar (retro videogame bar)
Goodnight Fatty's (secret alleyway pop up cookie bakery)

DM me if you want more food/beer suggestions. I know em all.
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: Beat LA on June 07, 2018, 11:50:20 PM
Food
Chinatown:
Hot Pot Buffet
Kung Fu Tea
Gourmet Dumpling House

Back Bay:
Erbaluce (North End Italian food is overrated, go here)

Near the Garden:
West End Johnny's
The Red Hat

Downtown Crossing:
Falafel King

Seaport:
Harpoon Brewery

If you have time take the train or ferry to Salem, MA.
Gulu Gulu
Opus
Ledger
Notch Brewery
Turner's Seafood
BrewBox (coffee)
Far From the Tree Cidery
Bit Bar (retro videogame bar)
Goodnight Fatty's (secret alleyway pop up cookie bakery)

DM me if you want more food/beer suggestions. I know em all.

What, no Chipotle and/or B. Good? ;) ;D
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: number_n9ne on June 07, 2018, 11:53:21 PM
Food
Chinatown:
Hot Pot Buffet
Kung Fu Tea
Gourmet Dumpling House

Back Bay:
Erbaluce (North End Italian food is overrated, go here)

Near the Garden:
West End Johnny's
The Red Hat

Downtown Crossing:
Falafel King

Seaport:
Harpoon Brewery

If you have time take the train or ferry to Salem, MA.
Gulu Gulu
Opus
Ledger
Notch Brewery
Turner's Seafood
BrewBox (coffee)
Far From the Tree Cidery
Bit Bar (retro videogame bar)
Goodnight Fatty's (secret alleyway pop up cookie bakery)

DM me if you want more food/beer suggestions. I know em all.

What, no Chipotle and/or B. Good? ;) ;D

I know you're being sarcastic, but the best Mexican and burger places in MA are both in Beverly. La Victoria and Fibber McGee's  :P
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: Beat LA on June 08, 2018, 12:10:23 AM
Food
Chinatown:
Hot Pot Buffet
Kung Fu Tea
Gourmet Dumpling House

Back Bay:
Erbaluce (North End Italian food is overrated, go here)

Near the Garden:
West End Johnny's
The Red Hat

Downtown Crossing:
Falafel King

Seaport:
Harpoon Brewery

If you have time take the train or ferry to Salem, MA.
Gulu Gulu
Opus
Ledger
Notch Brewery
Turner's Seafood
BrewBox (coffee)
Far From the Tree Cidery
Bit Bar (retro videogame bar)
Goodnight Fatty's (secret alleyway pop up cookie bakery)

DM me if you want more food/beer suggestions. I know em all.

What, no Chipotle and/or B. Good? ;) ;D

I know you're being sarcastic, but the best Mexican and burger places in MA are both in Beverly. La Victoria and Fibber McGee's  :P

You got me ;D.
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: LilRip on June 08, 2018, 02:43:07 AM
I hear you asking me to come with, and I accept your invitation.  This will be a great trip!

Fellow CBers, please advise LilRip and me!

Not going to lie - just going by the thread title I thought that LilRip was a rapper and someone was going to ask about getting tickets, lol ;D.

Lol sorry for disappointing you  :P

Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: LilRip on June 08, 2018, 02:43:40 AM
I hear you asking me to come with, and I accept your invitation.  This will be a great trip!

Fellow CBers, please advise LilRip and me!

Haha will you be visiting Boston around the same time too?
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: LilRip on June 08, 2018, 02:47:53 AM
TPs to those who suggested. I will check those out! The duck tours sound interesting too.

Question about Chinatown and Chinese food in general: since Iím an Asian living in Asia who already regularly eats Asian food...is it worth going to China town? Or should I focus more on American type food or like bars/grilled stuff, etc.? (Where is Aingeís chipotle? Lol)
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: Beat LA on June 08, 2018, 02:59:42 AM
I hear you asking me to come with, and I accept your invitation.  This will be a great trip!

Fellow CBers, please advise LilRip and me!

Not going to lie - just going by the thread title I thought that LilRip was a rapper and someone was going to ask about getting tickets, lol ;D.

Lol sorry for disappointing you  :P

Not at all :).
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: number_n9ne on June 08, 2018, 07:37:39 AM
TPs to those who suggested. I will check those out! The duck tours sound interesting too.

Question about Chinatown and Chinese food in general: since Iím an Asian living in Asia who already regularly eats Asian food...is it worth going to China town? Or should I focus more on American type food or like bars/grilled stuff, etc.? (Where is Aingeís chipotle? Lol)

Ainge's Chipotle is in Waltham, MA. It's about 15-20 min northwest of the city. Although the new practice facility opens up on the 19th so he's probably going to have to find a new one lol. Chinatown is "historic" but it would probably be repetitive for you. Unless you're feeling homesick, you could probably skip it. I would try and hit Harpoon and Sam Adams breweries if you wanna do the drinking thing. Their tours are really fun. If you want to do super touristy stuff, eat at Faneuil Hall. It's not super high quality food, but it's fun. Hard Rock Cafe and shopping are also right at Faneuil Hall. Like other's said, Duck Boat tours are fun. As mentioned, Mike's Pastry is another super touristy hot spot. I would go check out Downtown Crossing, the State House, and the Boston Common (they are all right next to each other and a few min walk from Faneuil Hall). You could also go to Boston Public Garden (across from the Common) and go in a Swan Boat (different then a Duck Boat!) The Red Sox are unfortunately away those days, but you could still go to Causeway street and get a pic in front of Fenway. There is also these night time ghost tours that are actually wicked fun. They take you around to all the historic graveyards at night. The Museum of Fine Arts is amazing and one of my favorites. Do you have kids? The Museum of Science would be good for families. Make sure you get a pic in front of the "Old State House." For entertainment, House of Blues, The Wilber, and The Middle East Downstairs, all have good shows. Laugh Boston is a wicked fun. And you should def check out West End Johnny's if you want the "Boston" experience. The amount of sports memorabilia in that joint is insane. It's right near TD Garden and the food is wicked good. I still highly recommend taking a ferry to Salem, MA and doing the Pirate, Witch, and Peabody Essex museums. Coffee, food and breweries there are unreal. Bit Bar if one of my favorite places ever. Downtown Salem is just wicked fun in general.
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: mef730 on June 08, 2018, 08:48:36 AM
TPs to those who suggested. I will check those out! The duck tours sound interesting too.

Question about Chinatown and Chinese food in general: since Iím an Asian living in Asia who already regularly eats Asian food...is it worth going to China town? Or should I focus more on American type food or like bars/grilled stuff, etc.? (Where is Aingeís chipotle? Lol)

Boston's Chinatown is not known for its, well, being good.

Stick to seafood. Legal is a chain, but reliable.

Okay, I'm going to share a secret with you. The best lunch place in Boston is a little kebob stand   about 100 yards from the Bill Russell statue in Government Center. It's called Karo's BBQ and is right across State Street from the Boston Massacre site. Get the pita pocket sandwich.

Mike
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: rollie mass on June 08, 2018, 09:05:32 AM
Sam LaGrassas for pastrami sandwich right by the Jewellers Building downtown.
Mystral Restaurant on border of South End has steak a mashed potato pizza-strips of fillet drizzled with oil on a thin smearing of mash on a fantastic base-couldn't believe that was a specialty but it was-
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: gift on June 08, 2018, 09:15:43 AM
I hear you asking me to come with, and I accept your invitation.  This will be a great trip!

Fellow CBers, please advise LilRip and me!

Not going to lie - just going by the thread title I thought that LilRip was a rapper and someone was going to ask about getting tickets, lol ;D.

Remember Lil' Penny? For some reason I thought there was a miniature Richard Hamilton doll and they were doing an ad campaign that involved Boston. Disappointed when there was no video in the original post.
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: manl_lui on June 08, 2018, 09:28:11 AM
TPs to those who suggested. I will check those out! The duck tours sound interesting too.

Question about Chinatown and Chinese food in general: since Iím an Asian living in Asia who already regularly eats Asian food...is it worth going to China town? Or should I focus more on American type food or like bars/grilled stuff, etc.? (Where is Aingeís chipotle? Lol)

i was not aware you were Asian, in that case, it's probably still worth seeing it for a bit, Dim Sum at windsor or Great Taste is good, someone mentioned Kung Fu tea, but i'll do you one better, Tea-Do is much better
-Crave is a nice bar/lounge, Korean style
-you can skip the hot pot imo, it's not really special
-If you never tried Poke, i recommend eating at Tora

Definitely check out Duck Tour
-American food - Prudential and Seaport has a few very good and top notch restaurants
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: manl_lui on June 08, 2018, 09:30:22 AM
TPs to those who suggested. I will check those out! The duck tours sound interesting too.

Question about Chinatown and Chinese food in general: since Iím an Asian living in Asia who already regularly eats Asian food...is it worth going to China town? Or should I focus more on American type food or like bars/grilled stuff, etc.? (Where is Aingeís chipotle? Lol)

Boston's Chinatown is not known for its, well, being good.

Stick to seafood. Legal is a chain, but reliable.

Okay, I'm going to share a secret with you. The best lunch place in Boston is a little kebob stand   about 100 yards from the Bill Russell statue in Government Center. It's called Karo's BBQ and is right across State Street from the Boston Massacre site. Get the pita pocket sandwich.

Mike

i'll second that too as I work across the street from Gov Center
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: mef730 on June 08, 2018, 09:42:07 AM
Sam LaGrassas for pastrami sandwich right by the Jewellers Building downtown.
Mystral Restaurant on border of South End has steak a mashed potato pizza-strips of fillet drizzled with oil on a thin smearing of mash on a fantastic base-couldn't believe that was a specialty but it was-

Oh, yup, forgot about Sam's. Definitely.

If you're in the Kenmore area (Fenway Park), Eastern Standard is also excellent. It's at the base of the Commonwealth Hotel.

Mike
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: Roy H. on June 08, 2018, 09:57:56 AM
Sam LaGrassas for pastrami sandwich right by the Jewellers Building downtown.

I would second this.

Also, Union Oyster House is historic and is known for its chowder.  It's not necessarily my favorite (I'm a heathen who prefers most of his seafood fried), but a lot of people I know rave about it.
Title: Re: LilRip goes to Boston!
Post by: Phantom255x on June 08, 2018, 10:22:26 AM
Not going to lie, I first read this as "Lilliard goes to Boston" and I was like "WHAT?!?"

Anyways, honestly everyone here has pretty much covered it. I'd add Back Bay is a great area to take in the views and for lots of shopping/dining places. Prudential Center is amazing too and there is a mall with many great stores and eating places too. Park Street (via MBTA) is nice if you want to sort of sit in the grassy park to take in the surroundings and just relax.

If you do go to Chinatown, you could go to the nearest hospital there which is where I start working real soon  ;)

And you ABSOLUTELY have to go to one of the 209 Dunkin Donuts that are located in the city of Boston  :laugh: (I think as of 2016, it was 209 the tour guide said... I know b/c when some relatives came over from abroad we took them on a Duck Tour that year, and in 2013 I went on a school field trip and back then it was like 189).