So to get back on this topic, my buddy and I ended up buying (indeed rather expensive) tickets for the following games.
2 March: Celtics VS Nets: hoping Durant will be back, this could be one of the marquee match ups after the allstar break of the season. On a fridaynight in the garden, really excited about this. Seats are BAL316 but on row 2, so i guess that should be good.
3 March: Bruins VS NY Rangers: also really excited about this afternoon game, also because it leaves the saterdaynight free for pub(s). The Bruins obviously been fantastic and the Rangers are making a surge after a slow start. Another great game. Seats are again in the upperbowl but I think row 4.
4 March: Celtics VS Knicks: Sundaynight game to close out the Boston trip. For me the Knicks have been playing above expectations and this could very well be play-off first round preview. Also I guess NY will be buyers at the trade deadline, they might get a bit better as they have some assets. Seats Sec222 on row 3 I think.
Afterwards we will go to NY and watch the Knicks play the atrocious but at times fun Charlotte Hornets, mainly just to visit MSG as i dont care who will win. And also have a NY Islanders game vs the Capitals in their new stadium in belmont park.
During our Boston trip we finally ended up staying in Club Quarters Hotel, looks like a great location and its oke in terms of price/quality. Would have loved to stay in Encore but a bit too expensive.
Last question: any restaurants, pub, bars advice?
Let's go C's! Really happy with how the season has been going so far!! Would be great if our visit at the end of the day will be in a banner 18 year!
North end for Italian is walking distance from the TD Garden. Carmelina’s and Isabela’s are excellent. Then Mikes Pastry for dessert… so good. Halftime pizza is a solid option if you are short on time and it’s right across the street from the arena. Hurricanes and Tavern in the square are decent bars/pubs and a few streets over.
Boston has lots of great restaurant options. I like most of the steakhouses, with Grille 23 being my favorite. The Palm and Abe & Louie's are great, too. Del Frisco's, Mooo, Morton's, Smith & Wollensky. They're all pricey, but all top notch. Davio's is good and is in the North End.
For Mexican, there's Anna's Taqueria, Jalisco's, and Citrus and Salt. There's another great one in Cambridge that I can't remember the name of.
It's been years since I frequented the pubs. Black Rose is always a good time. Cask & Flagon and Bleachers are more Red Sox bars, but they've usually got a good crowd. I think that Fire and Ice is still open. (So many of my favorites have shut down. Pour one out for the Fours, Whiskey's on Boylston and the Kinsale.)
Barbecue is always a mixed bag in the north, but Sweet Cheeks is good. And for sandwiches, Sam LaGrassa's.
I'm not necessarily a huge seafood eater, but you've got the chain restaurant Legal Seafoods, the historically significant Union Oyster House, and all kinds of great options by the wharf.
And, if you want to pretend that you're American, go to CheeseCake factory.