Eastern Standard

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Eastern Standard
Fenway and Kenmore
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For some it evokes the Gare du Nord, for others New York's Balthazar—but among them all, this big, bustling American brasserie is a smash hit, accessible in every sense of the word. It's open early and closes late, is staffed by energetic sorts (including expert mixologists) and frequented by equally lively folks: the huge bar and heated patio are rocking. The menu is deceptively simple but appealing, sneaking in oodles of offal between the chilled shellfish and comfort classics such as steak frites and schnitzel.

Venue name: Eastern Standard
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Address: Hotel Commonwealth
Hotel Commonwealth, 528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston

Cross street: at Beacon Street
Opening hours: 7am-midnight daily
Transport: Green line to Kenmore Square
Price: Main courses $18-$28.
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