Places to visit (to eat!) during the Boston Aikikai Fifth Anniversary Seminar
Some of Boston Aikikai members' recommendations for your dining needs during the seminar weekend!
While you're in Chinatown...
Breakfast, snacks, and lighter fare
For a quick treat in the morning head to Mei Sum Inc., a delicious chinatown bakery. Ask for an egg custard bun in the oven behind the counter. If you're also looking for a meal, the tofu banh mi is quite popular.
Fan of bubble tea? Head to the Juice Bar. The taro bubble tea is especially tasty.
Looking for a treat? Go enjoy Beard Papa's fresh 'n natural cream puffs! A Japan-based, chain cream puff bakery that fills their perfect puff pastry with delicious custard after you've ordered, so the cream puff is always fresh. Very popular in Japan, as well as across Asia and in California, the Boston location just re-opened in Chinatown this past May.
"What the pho...?!" In the mood for some delicious pho? Head to Pho Hoa! It's the foundation of the Boston Aikikai "Pho Phriday" tradition.
[Hours: Su-Th 10a-10p, F+Sa 10a-11p]
If noodles are your thing, a must-go spot is Gene's Chinese Flatbread Cafe. Check out some great hand pulled noodles.
[Hours: M-F 11a-6:30p, Sat 11:30a-7p, Sun closed]
Gourmet Dumpling House - If you like dumplings, Chinese food, and a lively atmosphere, check out this place. It's a popular place, so it's often crowded. Stop by for a fun atmosphere.
[Hours: everyday 11a-midnight]
If you venture beyond Chinatown...
- Mike and Patty's has the best sandwiches, including breakfast sandwiches. Try the grilled banana sandwich and/or the Fancy! And it's only a short walk from Chinatown.
- Picco -- allegedly short for Pizza and Ice Cream Company -- has delicious pizza, ice cream, and beer. Located in Boston's South End, it's less than a mile away from Chinatown.
- Head to jm Curley for great drinks and late night bar food as you explore downtown Boston.
- Exploring Cambridge? Cafe Luna in Central Square is a very popular spot for brunch. It's excellent--so make your reservations now! (You can get there from Chinatown via the Orange and Red Lines.)
New England is serious about their ice cream. If you're an ice cream type, check out the many ice cream shops all over the Boston area. (You can read many online reviews comparing the ice cream shops, like this one.) Some of Boston Aikikai member favorites are...