Blue Dragon

kid-friendly Asian fusion: blue dragon interior

(photo credit: Blue Dragon)

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Spork Rating: 3

 

The Details:

  • Neighborhood: Fort Point Channel/Waterfront
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Price: Affordable
  • Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:30am-1:00am. Closed Sundays.
  • Reservations: For parties of 10 or more.
  • Recommended For Dining With: Kids

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Overview:

From award-winning chef and owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Ming Tsai brings his East-West cuisine to the heart of trendy Fort Port Channel. Blue Dragon is a described as a neighborhood Asian gastropub, serving pub favorites with an Asian twist. You will likely find some families with big kids sharing small plates of dim sum favs and noodle dishes. However, highchairs and boosters are out of sight, making it not the most kid-friendly restaurant in Fort Point. But with a busy take-out business, families with babies and toddlers can still get their fill of Tsai’s signature food.

family-friendly restaurant tip While high chairs are not out in the open, Blue Dragon has some available. Just ask the hostess or server.

KidTude:

Luke warm. Older kids seemed comfortable perched on stools at high tables by the bar. Wait staff seemed happy enough to fetch a high chair from the basement to demonstrate that Blue Dragon could be a kid-friendly restaurant.

family-friendly restaurant tip Arrive during off-peak hours and ask for the power table – corner table by the front window with lots of space for kids.

Main Menu:

Blue Dragon offers four different menus: Lunch (11:30am – 2:00pm); Lunch To-Go (11:30am – 5:00pm); Dinner (5:00pm – 12:00pm); Bar (11:30am – 1:00am).

In the spirit of sharing, Blue Dragon’s menu consists mainly of small plates or tapas/dim sum style menu. Items are Tsai’s interpretation of Asian gastropub. So think Bison Mini Burgers with Teriyaki Caramelized Onions and Shiitakes ($11), Panko Fish n’ Chips ($11) or Indonesian Curried Lamb Shepherd’s Pie ($9). Familiar pub-style food with an Asian twist is served alongside dim sum staples such as Shrimp Shumai ($9) or Chinese Broccoli with Black Beans ($6).

Blue Dragon’s lunch menu includes three types of banh mi ($10) and plates from dinner menu plus Chicken Lettuce Cups ($9) and a Dragon Burger ($14).

Favorites include:

  • Dan Dan Noodles (spicy!)
  • Kale Salad with Roasted Mushrooms and Winter Squash
  • Shrimp Shumai
  • Stir Fry Vegetable Bahn Mi

family-friendly restaurant tip Have someone in your party with food allergies? You’re in the right spot. Have a chat with your server, and they’ll discuss the ingredients and options of any menu item, backed up by a detailed allergy reference binder (which you’ll likely see them referencing near the kitchen).

Kid’s Menu:

Blue Dragon does not have a kid’s menu, but small plates are certainly kid-friendly Asian fusion offerings. Dim sum is always a kid favorite ($6-$9). Bison Mini Burgers and Panko Fish n’ Chips are a crowd pleaser among the younger set.

family-friendly restaurant tip Kids will get a kick out of the unisex bathroom closets to the kitchen – frosted glass doors and one-way glass into the open kitchen are a novelty. Unfortunately these funky bathrooms lack changing tables.

Nearby Attractions:

  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Boston Fire Museum
  • Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
  • Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA)

Amenities:

  • High chairs
  • Stroller access/parking

Getting There:

  • MBTA Red Line to South Station; or MBTA buses to Congress St @ A St (448, 449, 459)
  • Validated garage parking available for $5 at Necco St Garage during designated times
  • Metered parking