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On the first Friday of most months since late 1995, my best friends and I have gone to a different restaurant for dinner. It's sort of the Algonquin Round Table. Without Dorothy Parker. Or the round table.
$ at the end of the review indicates price range for one person with drink, app, entree and desert: $15-20 $$20-35 $$$35-50 $$$$ 50+ (price in parenthesis is the per person price we actually paid).

Restaurants with bold name and are a First Friday Favorite - deemed particular standouts for their uniqueness, fun atmosphere, or excellent food. Requires overall ratings over 4, and at least 2 "FFF" votes.)

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Kaze Shabu Shabu


Food: starstarstarstar

Service: starstarstarstar

Decor: starstarstar


1 Harrison Av, Boston

T:Downtown Crossing

Diner Comments: First Friday attendees found the food to be " fresh and plentiful," and that the "Thai Tomyum and Japanese Miso broths I had were a good compliment to one another." However, one attendee found the lamb to be "fattier than I remember." Service ranged from "fine" to "good," with one review stating he wished "there was more explanation from the waitstaff." Reviewers also found Shabu Shabu to be "a lot nicer than most shabu places." Multiple respondents said they would return for "a relaxed and casual dinner" or that they would return with "people from out of town." $$ [36] [All Comments]



Typhoon Asian Bistro


Food: starstarstar

Service: starstarstarhalfstar

Decor: starstarstarhalfstar

Overall: starstarstar

book on opentable

725 Boyston Street

T:Copley / Back Bay

Diner Comments:Typhoon Asian Bistro was squarely middle of the road, with some diners very satisfied, while others were left wanting for more. One of the issues with an Asian Fusion restarauant is whether it can deliver across the board when it comes to food genres, and given the reviews, Typhoon seems to have come up short. While on the one hand, some diners felt that Typhoon has "consistently raised the quality of the food and atmosphere," with high praise for the dragon maki, spicy crab and calamari, and crispy chicken entree. The pho, pineapple fried rice and striped bass were described as either lacking flavor, or only tasting like ginger, to the exclusion of all else. The cocktails were also a steady mixed blend. The decor and service fared better, with a comfortable interior that wasn't overdone, and only a few hiccups with dealing with our medium/large group. Unfortunately, without coming through on the food quality, some felt that this restaurant couldn't overcome it's Boylston street location as more of a Tourist Trap.$$ [33] [All Comments]









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48 Temple Place, Boston
T:Downtown Crossing

Diner Comments:

* Restaurant now closed ** First Friday Observed - Held on an alternate day