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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.)

You can click on the Book online icon to make a reservation at OpenTable.com, otherwise call for reservations (unless "No Reservations" is noted.)


2009

FF 140

FF 140 - Betty's Wok & Noodle Diner: Jason, Sluggo, Katie, Mike, Duncan, Brian, Nick, Mike

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Date

Restaurant

Cuisine

Food

Decor

Service

Overall

 
 
Address/Phone/Subway
Diner Comments
140

1/9/09**

Betty's Wok & Noodle* Asian/Cuban

star

250 Huntington Av, Boston
617- 424-1950
T:
Prudential (E-Line), #1, CT1, 39 Bus

Relatively good scores belies "mixed feelings" over food ("[Mom] could make better" and "struck out every visit" vs "I'd...definately come back for more") and over the service ("fumbled credit cards" and "nonexistent gap between apps and entrees" vs "pretty and cordial" waitstaff) but everyone loved the "chic diner" decor and the drinks ( made with Sake and other cordials). .$$$ [40]

141

2/6/09

Amrhein's American

80 W. Broadway, S. Boston
617- 268-6189
T:
Broadway

Diners liked "the feel of the place" and the food was "diverse" with "large portions" and was mostly "well done" but overall "lousy service" and "chaos with the bill" underscored it's better "for a date than a group" though most everyone would go again "on a less busy night." $$$ [38]

142

3/6/09

Marliave fave American/French

star

Book online

10 Bosworth Street, Boston
617-422-0004
T:
Govt Ctr, Park, State, Downtown Xing

"Chic" renovation of a Boston classic," "fantabulous" servers who "worked in tandem like a good team should" -- not to mention the "synchronized reveal" -- and "delicious," "surprisingly good" food makes for a First Friday fave.. .$$$ [44]

143

4/10/09**

Myers + Chang fave Chinese

Star

Star

StarStar

Star

1145 Washington Street (at E. Berkeley)
617-542-5200
T:
E Berkeley, Broadway

Though some bemoaned a lack of portion size and value," diners universally praised the "wonderfully complex cuisine" with the "perfect amount of spice" and "stellar" dishes that "held up to what [diners] had heard"; "colorful presentation" (yay "bendy straws"); "modern asian whimsy" in the decor; and "wonderful," "friendly" staff (who even complimented the group on it's "good looks".) $$$ [43]

144

5/8/09**

Boston Sail Loft Seafood

halfstar

80 Atlantic Avenue, Boston
617-227-7280
T:
Aquarium

"Great location on waterfront" wasted with decor that "needed livening up," "terrible bread," and "suburban food"; the only redeeming feature being "quick, efficient" service and even that felt like "trying to.. turn tables." "Not fantastic, not horrible" sums it up. $$ [33]

145

6/5/09

Picco Italian

Star

halfstar

StarStarStar

Star

513 Tremont Street, South End
(617) 927-0066
T:
E Berkeley,Back Bay, #43.

Rare top marks for "superbly-friendly", "top-notch" servers who "...belong at a 5-star resturant!" and "always filling and satisying" though never "mindblowing" food -- except the "hella' good Mac 'n' Cheese" -- makes this "neighborhood gem" a "favorite 'anytime' resturant." $$ [33]

146

7/2/09**

Highland Kitchen Pub

star

star

halfstar

150 Highland Ave Somerville
(617) 625-1131
T:
Porter, then 83 bus

Diners liked the "standout" drinks, but felt the uneven food ranged from "mediocre" to "kind of disappointing" with a rare "awesome", and noted it was "Super pricey" for "just another neighborhood [place]," We loved the "stellar" server until she complained we were short $3 on the (mandatory) 20% tip (before we'd signed the credit cards). In short, the "meh" decor and food made for middling marks.. $$$ [48]

147

8/7/09

33* Mod American

halfstar

halfstar

StarStar

halfstar

Book online

33 Stanhope Street, South End
(617) 572-3311
T:
Back Bay, Copley

Most diners were "impressed" by the pretty color-changing lights,while some said the "mall" decor was "quicky becoming dated" but we loved the crooked stairs but didn't all love the "aloof" waiter who "mumbled" and "dissappeared" after the mains were delivered, and thought food ranged from "delicious" appetizers to a "menu as tired as the interiors." $$$$ [63]

148

9/11/09**

Taranga Senegalese

starhalfstar

halfstar

halfstar

1746 Washington St, South End
(617) 266-0003
T:
Silverline or #1/CT1 bus

"Taranga" loosely translates as "welcome," but after a tiff with the owner over the outrageous 20% tip on "low-key" turned "abysmal" service (with a "crazy-long" wait for dessert), we hardly felt welcome, and diners thought the decor "comfortable but not spectacular", and food "tasty", but "not as exotic as expected" food and ingredients seemed to be "reused in different combos" -- other than the standout Mafe and Filet Mignon brochettes. $$$[55]

149

10/3/09**

Masa fave Southwest

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Book online

439 Tremont Street, South End
(617) 338-8884
T:
Back Bay, Arlington, #43 Bus

A FF Fave for the "warm." "cohesive" southwestern" decor; ,the "excellent" server's "ability to keep up "with a large group"; food that was "uniformly good" and "tasty" (especially the "kick-ass spicy bloody marys"); and the "surprisingly reasonable" "overall value" (especially due to the Saturday prix fixe items). $ [20]

150

11/6/09

New King Fung Garden Chinese

starstarhalfstar

halfstar

starhalfstar

star

74 Kneeland Street, Chinatown
(617) 357-5262
T:
Chinatown / Chinatown

High marks for the “amazing” food and “attentive” service more than offset the low marks for the décor that looks like “someone’s low-rent Chinatown apartment.” An abundance of delicious wine (BYOB, there is no liquor license here!) made for “a lot of fun, a lot of food, and good conversation.” $ [20]

151

12/4/09

Lemoncello Italian

star

star

starstarstar

star

190 North Street, North End
(617) 523-4480
T:
Haymarket, Haymarket

"Crowded" and "slightly cheesy" "North End Guinea" decor but the "super yummy" stuffed artichoke app and "good" food as well as the "attentive and amusing" server -- with the "heavy hand on the Lemoncello" -- made for a "pleasant experience" overall, if a "slightly pricey". $$$ [57]

 

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

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