Where to Go in Boston's Chinatown & Theatre District
Folks I know are going to Chinatown for dinner and then to First Night fireworks on Boston Common at 7 pm.
Is there something going on in Chinatown worth seeing that night? I'd prefer going into Copley or Boylston to check out the sculptures.
Where do you suggest getting something to eat if not Chinatown? I am a vegetarian and they are not. I'd probably go into town earlier anyway to check out the sculptures, shows, etc.
What are your thoughts?
To answer your second question about where to eat in Boston's Chinatown first: Chinatown is full of wonderful places to eat, and almost all will have plenty of options for vegetarians and carnivores alike.
Plus, the Theatre District / Downtown Crossing share several blocks with Chinatown and both offer lots more choices.
Q Restaurant (660 Washington Street) - Offers three different types of options: hot pot, where you choose from a wide assortment of veggies, meat, fish, tofu, and noodles, and then cook your choices in your bowl of hot broth; sushi, with plenty of options featuring raw or cooked fish, and vegetable-only selections; and "traditional" Asian stir-fries, noodle dishes, and others choices - again, vegetarian or not.
Taiwan Cafe (34 Oxford Street) - Lots of delicious tofu and vegetable dishes, with and without meat or fish.
Gourmet Dumpling House (52 Beach Street) - The main stars here are, not surprisingly, the dumplings - vegetarian and non-vegetarian. However, the menu offers lots of other good Cantonese choices including some outstanding vegetable-only dishes - try the sauteed Shanghai greens or Chinese watercress.
My Thai Vegan Cafe (3 Beach Street) - Great selection of vegan curries, dumplings, soups, and entrees based on Thai and other Asian cuisines.
Theatre District / Downtown Crossing Recommendations
Sip Wine Bar (581 Washington Street) - Mezze plates, meatless salads, and other vegetarian options.
Caffe Nero (560 Washington Street) - Casual spot with sandwiches, salads, pastries with vegetarian choices.
Salavatore's (545 Washington Street) - Traditional Italian - go for the eggplant parmigiano, or pizza with veggie toppings.
Fin's Sushi & Grill (62 Boylston, across the corner from the Common) - Casual Japanese, and a favorite of Emerson College students - choose veggie-only sushi or one of the other vegetable-only dishes.
Abby Lane (255 Tremont Street) - Traditional American casual fare and comfort food, always with some vegetarian options as well as creative (and tasty) twists.
First Night Activities near Boston's Chinatown
Now, to answer your second question: Although there are no First Night activities right in Chinatown or the Theatre District, there are ice sculptures and an ice skating show before the 7pm fireworks on Boston Common (1-4 blocks away, depending on where you go in Chinatown).
If you don't mind walking a little farther, the Blink! light and music show at Faneuil Marketplace puts on a spectacular display, and you can even do part of the Ice Sculpture Stroll along the waterfront without getting too far from the Common.
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