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#1 Post by Peter Tryba » May 17th, 2010, 6:26 pm

~Cafe Mangal - Wellesley, MA
Turkish-American cuisine
$0 Corkage, functional stemware on site, bring glasses

~Yama - Wellesley, MA
Japanese cuisine (great sushi)
$0 corkage, barely functional stemware on site, bring glasses

~Jimmy's Cafe - Wellesley, MA
no label for cuisine
$0 corkage, barely functional stemware on site, bring glasses

~New King Fung Garden - Boston, MA
Chinese cuisine
$0 corkage, definitely bring glasses
(fyi: it is technically illegal to operate a BYO in Boston)

~Kitchen On The Common - Belmont, Ma
no label for cuisine
$0 corkage, byo stems or they provide stemless glasses

~Filho's Cuccina - Groton, MA
Italian cuisine
$0 corkage, bring glassware

~Gilson's Herb Lycium
unknown cuisine
$0 corkage, bring glassware

~Sweet Basil - Needham, MA
no label for cuisine
$5 corkage per bottle, functional stemware on site, bring glasses
They don't take reservations, can get very busy and is cash only.

~Dok Bua - Harvard St., Coolidge Corner, Brookline
Thai cuisine
$0 Corkage, tumblers on-site, bring glasses

West On Centre - Centre St, West Roxbury
Bistro cuisine
$0 Corkage (Tuesday nights only), glassware on site

~Il Casale - Belmont
Italian cuisine
$25 corkage, functional glassware on site. Corkage negotiable in advance for large party.

~Petit Robert - Both Comm Ave (Kenmore) and Columbus Ave (South End)
French Bistro
$25 corkage, functional glassware on site. Corkage negotiable in advance for large party.
(fyi: it is technically illegal to operate a BYO in Boston)

~Il Forno - Acton
Italian fare
$0 Corkage
Bring own glassware.
Reasonable prices, decent food, and great service.
No reservations but call ahead seating on weekends.

~ La Boniche - Lowell.
French Bistro
$15 corkage,
Poor quality stemware available
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Re: Greater Boston

#2 Post by Tyler Rico » May 17th, 2010, 7:31 pm

kitchen on the common
belmont, ma
$0 corkage,
byo stems or they provide stemless glasses

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#3 Post by Peter Tryba » May 18th, 2010, 4:49 am

Tyler,
What sort of cuisine? Is that the all-natural place on Common/Trapelo?
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#4 Post by Tyler Rico » May 18th, 2010, 8:01 am

Peter Tryba wrote:Tyler,
What sort of cuisine? Is that the all-natural place on Common/Trapelo?
I would call it home cooking or comfort food. Great prices and the menu is online.

http://www.kitchenoncommon.com/

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#5 Post by Gerry Morrisey » May 18th, 2010, 9:53 am

For you folks who live west, west of Boston there is Filho's Cuccina, a great little place in Groton that serves mostly Italian food. It's simple, crazy busy with no atmosphere but it's cheap and the food is great. There's also a decent little wine shop next store to pick up something if you show up on the spur of the momment.

http://www.filhoscucina.com/home.asp

Also in Groton is Gilson's Herb Lycium. They are open only on Friday and Saturday nights and require reservations. The place sits only about 30-35 people. The menu is hit or miss and posted monthly.

http://www.gilsonslyceum.com/gilsonherbs/KITCHEN.html

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#6 Post by Peter Tryba » May 18th, 2010, 10:08 am

Tyler Rico wrote:
Peter Tryba wrote:Tyler,
What sort of cuisine? Is that the all-natural place on Common/Trapelo?
I would call it home cooking or comfort food. Great prices and the menu is online.

http://www.kitchenoncommon.com/
Yep, that's the place. It's right next door to my friend's wine shop: The Spirited Gourmet
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#7 Post by Deacon Chapin » May 18th, 2010, 1:54 pm

Dok Bua (Thai)
Harvard St., Coolidge Corner, Brookline
$0 Corkage, BYO stems unless you want to drink out of a tumbler

West On Centre
Centre St, West Roxbury
$0 Corkage (Tuesday nights only)

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#8 Post by Tyler Rico » May 18th, 2010, 2:07 pm

Sweet Basil
Needham, MA
$5 per bottle
They have glasses that are ok, recommend BYO glasses
dont take reservations, can get very busy and is cash only

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#9 Post by Peter Tryba » May 18th, 2010, 2:24 pm

If you guys/gals could go ahead and supply the type of cuisine and glassware situation along with the corkage fee, that'd be great... thanks. (channeling Bill Lumberg)
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#10 Post by Deacon Chapin » May 19th, 2010, 8:25 am

West on Centre I would classify as bistro fare, and they do have glassware.

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#11 Post by Kai Xie » May 19th, 2010, 12:54 pm

Il Casale
Belmont
Italian
$25 corkage, functional glass. Can negociate in advane for large party

Petit Robert
Both Comm Ave(kenmore) and Columbus ave(southend)
French Bistro
$25 corkage, functional glass. Can negociate in advance for large party

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#12 Post by Gerry Morrisey » May 19th, 2010, 1:42 pm

Gerry Morrisey wrote:For you folks who live west, west of Boston there is Filho's Cuccina, a great little place in Groton that serves mostly Italian food. It's simple, crazy busy with no atmosphere but it's cheap and the food is great. There's also a decent little wine shop next store to pick up something if you show up on the spur of the momment.

http://www.filhoscucina.com/home.asp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Also in Groton is Gilson's Herb Lycium. They are open only on Friday and Saturday nights and require reservations. The place sits only about 30-35 people. The menu is hit or miss and posted monthly.

http://www.gilsonslyceum.com/gilsonherbs/KITCHEN.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Both Places are definately bring your own glasses, no corkage

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#13 Post by Peter Tryba » May 19th, 2010, 4:28 pm

Just in case nobody noticed, I added a line to the restaurants in Boston regarding the illegality of operating a BYO restaurant. Contact your restaurant before arriving with wine.
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#14 Post by Paul Ferrari » June 4th, 2010, 5:39 am

Folks have any recommendations for BYOBs in and around Newport RI?

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#15 Post by Sean Connor » June 7th, 2010, 12:44 pm

See this thread on Spark in Newport - cheap corkage and good food per Dan Posner

http://www.wineberserkers.com/viewtopic ... it=newport" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#16 Post by Adam Japko » June 17th, 2010, 7:30 am

A bit of a haul from in town, but always worth it. The Crystal Quail run by Harold and Cynthia Huckaby is an amazing experience. Five course priced fixed in the middle of nowhere Center Barnstead NH in an 18th century farmhouse with a small dining room that fits no more than 16-20 at a time. Only BYO, no list or other drinks. Bring your own glassware. A special place that is always unforgettable. http://www.crystalquail.com/home.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Also, to add to the list,here is a cool byo link for boston http://www.gobyo.com/index_B.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; [cheers.gif]
http://wine-zag.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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#17 Post by zachary l a n g » June 18th, 2010, 6:37 am

Adam, thanks for the info and welcome to Berserkers!

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#18 Post by zachary l a n g » June 18th, 2010, 6:39 am

The Yama suggestion above is a great one - fully BYO and in my opinion unbeatable sushi for the price. Not cheap, but much cheaper than the trendy joints in town

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#19 Post by Gerry Morrisey » September 7th, 2010, 9:22 am

Had dinner Saturday night at Il Forno in Acton.

Italian fare
BYO - No Corkage
Bring own glassware.

Reasonable prices, decent food, and great service.

No reservations but call ahead seating on weekends.


Also, La Boniche in Lowell.
French- Bistro style
Allow BYO with $15 corkage,
Barely passable stemware

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#20 Post by Kyle S chaffer » September 29th, 2010, 10:38 am

Paul Ferrari wrote:Folks have any recommendations for BYOBs in and around Newport RI?
Bump - any other thoughts besides Spark (as listed above)?

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#21 Post by Peter C. » September 29th, 2010, 12:34 pm

Kyle S chaffer wrote:
Paul Ferrari wrote:Folks have any recommendations for BYOBs in and around Newport RI?
Bump - any other thoughts besides Spark (as listed above)?
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#22 Post by Kai Xie » December 31st, 2010, 7:17 am

T.W. Food in cambridge does allow BYOB unofficially
they charge $25 corkage, call ahead to make reservation and mention byob.

The place is too small for offline, but great place for couples, food is generally excellent.



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#23 Post by Jud Reis » December 31st, 2010, 7:59 am

Kai Xie wrote:T.W. Food in cambridge does allow BYOB unofficially
they charge $25 corkage, call ahead to make reservation and mention byob.

The place is too small for offline, but great place for couples, food is generally excellent.



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Terra Mia in the North End has a similar policy.

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#24 Post by Sean Connor » August 4th, 2011, 7:09 am

In the town of Wellfleet on Cape Cod (outer Cape - 2 hours from Boston - all seafood places BTW)

Mac's - down by harbor on beach, very casual, picnic tables, NOT Mac's Shack near downtown which has a B&W licence. Bring your own glassware.
PJ's - Rte 6 - very fish and chips type place, bring your own glassware
Moby Dick's - Rte 6 - the fanciest of the 3, which isn't saying much, but the other 2 really fall into the fried seafood realm as a speciality and this place has more varied cooking styles. They have glassware but advise to bring your own. Packed on weekends after 6P, long waits.

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#25 Post by jhemming » January 14th, 2012, 11:18 am

Tsunami
Coolidge Corner Brookline
Sushi
$5 corkage

(has been closed for renovations for a while, so call ahead)
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#26 Post by TomNitroy » February 4th, 2012, 10:28 am

Gustazo in Belmont. Very good Cuban food, no fee and they supply glass stemware and a wine key.

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#27 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » May 27th, 2012, 10:05 am

I can't believe a town (Brookline) can actually run out of liquor licenses! Let's drive new businesses to other towns...

http://www.wickedlocal.com/brookline/ne ... z1w5cSvPUz
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#28 Post by BuzzH » June 7th, 2013, 8:49 am

Pomir Grill
Afghan
http://pomirgrill.com/
Have not tried it but have seen good reviews.

Caffe Espresso Trattoria
Italian
http://www.ctrattoria.com/
Eaten there once and found it to be for the most part pretty good. Tiramisu was disappointing.
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#29 Post by Doug Schulman » October 26th, 2014, 11:22 am

Il Forno is no longer in business.
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#30 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » January 24th, 2015, 7:01 pm

Hi guys, guess what? I've moved back to Boston after 5 years in Philly!!!

Need to get readjusted to a lot of things...lobster rolls in stead of cheesesteaks, decent wine shops instead of a crappy state-controlled monopoly, and I'm constantly finding myself driving in the wrong lanes (amazing what you forget in 5 years).

Please let me know if anything is in the offing wine-wise...

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#31 Post by Eric B. DBA » February 2nd, 2015, 5:01 pm

Flemmings, $25....call prior.
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#32 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » March 21st, 2015, 5:25 am

HEADS UP:

Moody’s Delicatessen and Provisions in Waltham (strangely enough, on restaurant row on Moody St), which has been getting a lot of hype for it's killer sandwiches and house-made charcuterie, is opening a wine bar/restaurant in back in April:

http://www.bostonmagazine.com/restauran ... oom-april/

Looks gorgeous, but I haven't seen a wine list yet.

I'm going to make it a point to be there opening night...
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#33 Post by Peter Tryba » March 27th, 2015, 9:18 am

Kevin,
There won't be BYOB at Moody's
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#34 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » March 28th, 2015, 6:53 am

I know, but one can hope the wine list will be as good as the space...

Is there any BYOB around here anymore? I've been here 3 months, and not a single BYOB meal yet. I'm getting bored...
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#35 Post by Dan Kravitz » April 19th, 2015, 3:49 pm

Rosalina's Worcester. No corkage fee. Huge portions of very good, robust, made-from-scratch southern Italian in a cheerful down-home setting. Wednesday is 'build your own' night. Besides the menu, you can choose two meats (I had sausage and clams), three additions (pimento, spinach, parmesan), sauce (marinara) and pasta (linguini). Serviceable clunky wine glasses, bring your own if you're bringing a special bottle.

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#36 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » August 18th, 2015, 8:35 pm

We need to organize something...
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#37 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » August 21st, 2015, 4:36 pm

Seems like BYOB might be coming to Watertown (for full service restaurants that don't have a liquor license):

http://www.watertownmanews.com/2015/07/ ... -approval/
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#38 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » October 1st, 2015, 7:41 pm

Watertown MA to allow BYOB starting in April 2016:

http://www.watertownmanews.com/2015/09/ ... ffer-byob/
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#39 Post by jhemming » October 4th, 2015, 5:30 pm

I wonder what the 4 are that would qualify.
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#40 Post by jhemming » October 7th, 2015, 7:25 pm

Haven't been but it sounds good

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#41 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » October 10th, 2015, 4:55 am

Interesting dumpling lawsuit going on involving Dumpling Daughter:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/1 ... story.html
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#42 Post by jhemming » October 10th, 2015, 7:00 am

That's how I discovered it. Might need to try take out one day soon.
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#43 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » December 16th, 2015, 6:53 pm

Monster news:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massac ... p#comments

(BYOB legalized in Boston for restaurants <30 seats located in outlying neighborhoods that don't have a liquor license)
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#44 Post by jhemming » January 3rd, 2016, 4:37 pm

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote: (BYOB legalized in Boston for restaurants <30 seats located in outlying neighborhoods that don't have a liquor license)

Still can't think of one that this would apply to. That being said, it's a start and maybe open doors for elswhere in/around the city
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#45 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » January 25th, 2016, 11:31 pm

"BOSTON, YOU CAN BYOB NOW. HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW."

https://www.thrillist.com/drink/boston/ ... ed-to-know
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#46 Post by Peter Tryba » April 28th, 2016, 9:20 am

GAME CHANGER!
BYOB coming to the city of Boston!

http://www.bostonherald.com/lifestyle/f ... estaurants
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#47 Post by Ron Kramer » April 28th, 2016, 4:24 pm

Peter Tryba wrote:GAME CHANGER!
BYOB coming to the city of Boston!

http://www.bostonherald.com/lifestyle/f ... estaurants

That 30 seat rule if it stays will be better than now but just a start.

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#48 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » April 28th, 2016, 4:48 pm

Unfortunately, there are probably not a lot of fine dining restaurants that have only 30 seats in the outlying neighborhoods. Small, ethnic restaurants sure, but places you want to bring a some very nice bottles of wine?

It's a pity these city councilors couldn't research a place like Philly, where BYOB has had a massively positive impact on the restaurant business, before make up rules off the tops of their heads.

Even in Philly, where this has been going on a long time, there are not a lot of great BYOB restaurants in the <30 seat category. Although there are some, such as Top Chef Nick Elmi's 22-seat Laurel (several month waiting list for reservations) and 28-seat Bibou (which Robert Parker called the best French bistro outside of France).
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#49 Post by K_F_o_l_e_y » May 12th, 2016, 4:47 pm

Going to Troquet for the first time since moving back to Boston on Saturday... Any recs from the current wine list? Is it still as good as it used to be?
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#50 Post by jhemming » May 15th, 2016, 11:51 am

K_F_o_l_e_y wrote:Going to Troquet for the first time since moving back to Boston on Saturday... Any recs from the current wine list? Is it still as good as it used to be?
Last few times, I haven't ordered off the list ;) but there is always a find or two.

Did you enjoy ?
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