The best way to see a Celtic (or Bruins) game

The Flatiron building in Boston at the Garden and Faneuil Marketplace

With a great tapas restaurant in the Bullfinch Hotel on Merrimack Street.

From the top left above, Ribs with cajun seasoning, brushed and drizzled with house-made BBQ sauce $11, coconut crusted fried shrimp served with a chili plum sauce $7, chicken satay tossed in coconut curry $7, lamblollies in an apple wine and mint reduction $10, P.E.I. mussels steamed in white wine, garlic and shallots $12, and Kobe sliders toasted brioche, cheddar, Swiss or pepper jack cheese $14.

The Bullfinch is a classic flat iron building. That's the Boston Garden behind it, and the tapas in the Flat Iron restaurant are really great and modestly priced as is the hotel.

I have to admit that in a thousand Boston visits I've never noticed the small, modest Bullfinch Hotel literally across the street from Boston Garden.

And it even has a very hot tapas restaurant on the ground floor, and it's a five minute walk to Faneuil Marketplace. The North End and the Aquarium are another five minutes away.

A hip black-and-paprika haunt

The Boston Herald said of the restaurant, "a menu of deliciously creative and affordable small plates" at this "hip black-and-paprika haunt."

The Bullfinch is a boutique hotel, but on the small side, and with modest prices to match.

The hotel offers a Bed and Breakfast package which includes an overnight stay and full hot breakfast for two at the Flat Iron restaurant for $121 which is very low by Boston hotel standards. You'll want to have a tapas dinner there as we did as well.

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