25th IEEE Conference on Computational Complexity

June 9 to June 11, 2010
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Local arrangements

Restaurant List

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All addresses in Cambridge unless otherwise noted. MD = Maxwell Dworkin, the building in which the conference is being held. Dollar signs roughly indicate the price of an entree, as follows.
$: <= $10
$$: $10-$20
$$$: $20-$30
$$$$: > $30

Cafes and Lunch Spots

Some of these places are also good for dinner, but they all share the properties of being near Harvard and relatively quick to get in and out of (if one chooses). Walking times are approximate from MD.

Price Range Name Address Phone Number Description
<= 5 minutes walking
Buckminster's inside the LISE building (11 Oxford St.) Harvard cafe that's a very short walk from MD, offering Peet's coffee and some quick breakfast and lunch options. Open 9am-5pm.
Greenhouse Cafe inside the Science Center (1 Oxford St.) (617) 496-4790 Similar to the above, except they brew Starbucks coffee. Open 7am-3pm.
5-10 minutes walking
$-$$ Cambridge Common 1667 Mass Ave. (617) 547-1228 Restaurant/bar with a standard offering of burgers, sandwiches and pub food, plus a sizeable and frequently changing beer list. Also good for dinner.
$ Oxford Spa Cafe 102 Oxford St. (617) 661-6988 Nearby sandwich spot with a cute interior.
Starbucks 1662 Mass Ave. (617) 491-0442
10-15 minutes walking
Crema Cafe 27 Brattle St. (617) 876-2700 Cafe with ample seating and an enjoyable ambience; has a small selection of breakfast and lunch options.
Peet's Coffee 100 Mt. Auburn St. (617) 492-1844
Simon's Coffee House 1736 Mass Ave. (617) 497-7766 Good cafe that's small but not usually crowded. The Mexican hot chocolate is a treat.
$ Hi-Rise Bread Company 56 Brattle St. (617) 492-3003 Great place for coffee, breads and (slightly pricey) sandwiches with an outdoor patio.
$ Darwin's Ltd. 148 Mount Auburn St. or 1629 Cambridge St. (617) 354-5233 (617) 491-2999 Popular sandwich place with both lunch and breakfast options, though many more for lunch; the Cambridge St. location is slightly closer to MD. Also has great coffee.
$ Tamarind Bay 75 Winthrop St. (617) 491-4552 Indian restaurant with a popular lunch buffet. Also good for dinner ($$).
$ Veggie Planet 47 Palmer St. (617) 661-1513 Several eclectic vegetarian entrees served over your choice of rice or pizza dough.
$-$$ Cambridge 1 27 Church St. (617) 576-1111 Delicious ``gourmet'' pizza; also good for dinner.
$-$$ Wagamama 57 JFK St. (617) 499-0930 Japanese noodle bar with a selection of other dishes as well. Also good for dinner.
$-$$ Le's 36 Dunster St. (617) 864-4100 Vietnamese restaurant with decent Pho. Also good for dinner.
$ Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage 1246 Mass Ave. (617) 354-6559 Some of the best hamburgers to be found around Boston. No-frills atmosphere, and endless combinations of toppings -- many cheekily named after American political figures and current events.
$ Seoul Food 1759 Mass Ave. (617) 864-6299 Korean food. Also good for dinner (but they don't have a liquor license).
$ Tamarind House 1790 Mass Ave. (617) 491-9940 Thai restaurant (not to be confused with the similarly-named Indian restaurant) with good food in a casual atmosphere. Also good for an inexpensive dinner.
L.A. Burdick Chocolate Cafe 52D Brattle St. (617) 491-4340 Very popular coffee and dessert shop (don't expect to find a seat). The hot chocolate is amazing, but quite rich -- get a small!
15-20 minutes walking
$-$$ Blue Fin 1815 Mass Ave. (617) 497-8022 Sushi/Japanese restaurant. Also good for dinner ($$-$$$).


Near Harvard

Walking times are approximate from MD.
Price Range Name Address Phone Number Description
<= 10 minutes walking
$$$-$$$$ Chez Henri 1 Shepard St (617) 354-8980 Upscale French/Cuban cuisine. Sit at the bar and get the Cuban sandwich for a cheaper option.
$ RF O'Sullivans \& Son 282 Beacon St., Somerville (617) 491-9638 Burgers that are a worthy rival to Mr. Bartley's; they only serve 1/2-pound patties -- come hungry.
10-20 minutes walking
$-$$ Border Cafe 32 Church St. (617) 864-6100 Tex-Mex and Cajun food in a lively (sometimes noisy) atmosphere. Not always completely authentic, but still a popular spot. Good for a big group, though it's sometimes crowded; also open for lunch.
$$$ Casablanca 40 Brattle St. (617) 876-0999 Hip Mediterranean restaurant with decor themed after the movie. Also offers tapas, and serves a three-course, $35 prix-fixe menu (Sun-Wed only).
$ Grendel's Den 89 Winthrop St. (617) 491-1050 Cozy bar/restaurant with a standard selection of American food. All food is half price 5-7:30pm every day and 9-11:30pm Sun-Thu, but only if you eat inside. Also open for lunch.
$$$-$$$$ Harvest 44 Brattle St. (617) 868-2255 Thoughtfully prepared ``contemporary New England'' cuisine.
$-$$ John Harvard's Brewhouse 33 Dunster St. (617) 868-3585 Lively brewpub serving standard American and (slightly dressed up) pub food; the in-house-brewed beer is a big draw.
$$$ Legal Sea Foods 20 University Rd. (617) 491-9400 A Boston institution with at least a dozen locations around town. ``If it isn't fresh, it isn't Legal.''
$$ Dali 415 Washington St., Somerville (617) 661-3254 Basque restaurant (read: tapas) with a fun, vibrant atmosphere.
20-30 minutes walking
$$ Elephant Walk 2067 Mass Ave. (617) 492-6900 Cambodian restaurant that also offers sampling/prix-fixe menus.

Elsewhere around Cambridge

Price Range Name Address Phone Number Description
$$ Baraka Cafe 80 Pearl St. (617) 868-3951 Tiny north African restaurant tucked into a residential side street just outside of Central Square.
$-$$ Cantina La Mexicana 247 Washington St., Somerville (617) 776-5232 For those visiting from the west coast, this may be your best chance of finding satisfying Mexican food.
$$$ Central Kitchen 567 Mass Ave. (617) 491-5599 Pricey but worthwhile new American cuisine in an intimate atmosphere.
$$-$$$ East Coast Grill and Raw Bar 1269 Cambridge St. (617) 491-6568 Seafood and southern-style BBQ.
$$ The Friendly Toast 1 Kendall Square (617) 621-1200 If you're craving breakfast at 10pm, this is your spot. Stays open until at least midnight Tue-Sun.
$$ The Helmand 143 First St. (617) 492-4646 Excellent Afghan restaurant near MIT. Eating here and not trying the pumpkin would be criminal (though it is quite sweet). Reservations recommended.
$ Mary Chung 460 Mass Ave. (617) 864-1991 One of the better Chinese places around Central Square.
$$$ Oleana 134 Hampshire St. (617) 661-0505 Turkish restaurant with a small selection of entrees and a large selection of appetizers (meze).

Outside of Cambridge

Price Range Name Address Phone Number Description Nearest T stop
$$ Addis Red Sea 544 Tremont St., Boston (617) 426-8727 Tasty Ethiopian food in the hip South End neighborhood Back Bay (orange line)
$$ Giacomo's 355 Hanover St., Boston (617) 523-9026 One of many good Italian restaurants in the North End. Haymarket (orange line)
$$$ Lala Rokh 97 Mt. Vernon St., Boston (617) 720-5511 ``Home-style'' Persian cuisine in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Charles/MGH (red line)
$$$$ O Ya 9 East St., Boston (617) 654-9900 Husband-and-wife-run Japanese restaurant which should satisfy even the most hard-core foodie. Named ``\#1 restaurant in America'' by the NY Times when it opened in 2008. Expect to spend a lot. Reservations recommended. South Station (red line)
$$ Red Bones 55 Chester St., Somerville (617) 628-2200 Authentic southern-style BBQ and ``soul food'' served alongside a worthy beer list. Can get very crowded. Davis Square (red line)
$$ Zaftigs 335 Harvard St., Brookline (617) 975-0075 Popular Jewish-style delicatessen serving all the favorites and breakfast all day. Coolidge Corner (C green line)


Name Address Phone Number Description
Toscanini's 899 Main St. (617) 491-5877 Two excellent ice cream shops. Toscanini's proudly notes that it was named ``best ice cream in the world'' by the NY Times, but reasonable people can differ on which they prefer.
Christina's 1255 Cambridge St. (617) 492-7021
Finale 30 Dunster St. (617) 441-9797 Fancy ``desserterie'' with two other locations around Boston.
Mike's Pastry 300 Hanover St., Boston (617) 742-3050 By far, the two most popular places to get cannoli in the North End. Take the T to Haymarket (on the orange line).
Modern Pastry 257 Hanover St., Boston (617) 523-3783
L.A. Burdick Chocolate Cafe 52D Brattle St. (617) 491-4340 (repeat from Cafes)