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Detailed information, by region, of restaurants and their wine/corkage policies
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Post #1  Postby Peter Tryba » May 17th 2010, 6:26pm

~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

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

kitchen on the common
belmont, ma
$0 corkage,
byo stems or they provide stemless glasses
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Post #3  Postby Peter Tryba » May 18th 2010, 4:49am

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

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

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

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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Post #7  Postby Deacon Chapin » May 18th 2010, 1:54pm

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

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

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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Post #10  Postby Deacon Chapin » May 19th 2010, 8:25am

West on Centre I would classify as bistro fare, and they do have glassware.
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Post #11  Postby Kai Xie » May 19th 2010, 12:54pm

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

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

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



Both Places are definately bring your own glasses, no corkage
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Post #13  Postby Peter Tryba » May 19th 2010, 4:28pm

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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Post #14  Postby Paul Ferrari » June 4th 2010, 5:39am

Folks have any recommendations for BYOBs in and around Newport RI?
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Post #15  Postby Sean Connor » June 7th 2010, 12:44pm

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

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=12951&hilit=newport
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Post #16  Postby Adam Japko » June 17th 2010, 7:30am

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

Also, to add to the list,here is a cool byo link for boston http://www.gobyo.com/index_B.html [cheers.gif]
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Post #17  Postby zachary l a n g » June 18th 2010, 6:37am

Adam, thanks for the info and welcome to Berserkers!
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Post #18  Postby zachary l a n g » June 18th 2010, 6:39am

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

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

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

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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Post #22  Postby Kai Xie » December 31st 2010, 8:17am

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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Post #23  Postby Jud Reis » December 31st 2010, 8:59am

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

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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Post #25  Postby jhemming » January 14th 2012, 12:18pm

Tsunami
Coolidge Corner Brookline
Sushi
$5 corkage

(has been closed for renovations for a while, so call ahead)
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Post #26  Postby TomNitroy » February 4th 2012, 11:28am

Gustazo in Belmont. Very good Cuban food, no fee and they supply glass stemware and a wine key.
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Post #27  Postby K_F_o_l_e_y » May 27th 2012, 10:05am

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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Post #28  Postby BuzzH » June 7th 2013, 8:49am

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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Post #29  Postby Doug Schulman » October 26th 2014, 11:22am

Il Forno is no longer in business.
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Post #30  Postby K_F_o_l_e_y » January 24th 2015, 8:01pm

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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Post #31  Postby Eric B. » February 2nd 2015, 6:01pm

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

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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Post #33  Postby Peter Tryba » March 27th 2015, 9:18am

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

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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Post #35  Postby Dan Kravitz » April 19th 2015, 3:49pm

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

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

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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Post #38  Postby K_F_o_l_e_y » October 1st 2015, 7:41pm

Watertown MA to allow BYOB starting in April 2016:

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

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

Haven't been but it sounds good

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

Interesting dumpling lawsuit going on involving Dumpling Daughter:

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

That's how I discovered it. Might need to try take out one day soon.
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Post #43  Postby K_F_o_l_e_y » December 16th 2015, 7:53pm

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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Post #44  Postby jhemming » January 3rd 2016, 5:37pm

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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Post #45  Postby K_F_o_l_e_y » January 26th 2016, 12:31am

"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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Post #46  Postby Peter Tryba » April 28th 2016, 9:20am

GAME CHANGER!
BYOB coming to the city of Boston!

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

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

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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Post #49  Postby K_F_o_l_e_y » May 12th 2016, 4:47pm

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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Post #50  Postby jhemming » May 15th 2016, 11:51am

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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