Restaurants at Chinatown/Theater District
The most entertaining and delicious introduction to Chinatown's cuisine is dim sum. If you're eating dinner, you should know that many restaurants have a second menu for Chinese patrons (often written in Chinese). You can ask for it or tell your waiter that you want your meal Chinese-style.
If you're serious about sweets, consider ending -- or even beginning -- your meal at Finale, 1 Columbus Ave..
The area around Park Square (Columbus Ave. and South Charles St., between the Theater District and the Public Garden) is a hotbed of upscale national chain restaurants. None of these places offers a unique or even unusual experience, but they're all reliable destinations if you're feeling homesick or unadventurous. They include Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 217 Stuart St. (tel. 617/292-0808); Maggiano's Little Italy, 4 Columbus Ave. (tel. 617/542-3456); McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, 34 Columbus Ave., in the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (tel. 617/482-3999); and P.F. Chang's China Bistro, 8 Park Plaza (tel. 617/573-0821).
There's a branch of Legal Sea Foods at 36 Park Sq., between Columbus Avenue and Stuart Street (tel. 617/426-4444; www.legalseafoods.com).