Haute Secrets Boston: Casey Sherman

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Having your book turned into a major motion picture is a dream for many writers, but a reality for Casey Sherman. The Hyannis, Mass. native and New York Times best-selling author has been a household name in Boston years, known for his books like A Rose for Mary: The Hunt for the Real Boston Strangler; Black Irish; and Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains. 

Last year, The Finest Hours, which he co-wrote with Michael J. Tougias, hit the big screen featuring Casey Affleck, Eric Bana and Chris Pine to chronicle the U.S. Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue. His latest book, Boston Strong: A City’s Triumph Over Tragedy, which he co-wrote with Dave Wedge, describes the horrific account of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Casey ShermanPhoto Credit: Casey Sherman

We caught up recently with Sherman to find out what he loves most about Boston.

Where were you born: Hyannis, Massachusetts

How long in Boston:  25 years

Neighborhood:  Beacon Hill

Occupation: Writer, Film Producer, Carpool Dad

Favorite Restaurant: Abe & Louie’s

Best Chinese: Empire in the Seaport

Best Italian: Strega Waterfront, The meatballs are a full meal unto themselves.

Best dessert: Modern Pastry Shop. Grab n’ go. Munch on a cannoli and walk along Hanover Street. Perfection.   

Best place for a romantic date: The Boston Public Library is the most romantic place in the city. You can hold hands or steal a kiss while exploring art, architecture, and rare manuscripts.

Best Coffee: Sugar Bowl Café, Dorchester. Great place to sip and write

Best Sunday brunch: Café Fleuri. I have a sweet tooth.

Best place for a power business meeting: The Bar at Taj Boston

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? The Liberty Hotel, formerly the Charles Street Jail. You can sleep in luxury on murderer’s row and get sprung in the morning.    

Favorite shopping venue/boutique: Bobby from Boston in the South End

Favorite Bookstore: Harvard Coop

Best Spa: Bliss at the W Hotel

Favorite Charity Event: Red Carpet Gala for the Ellie Fund

Favorite Cultural Event: Marathon Monday

Favorite Cultural Institution: Bukowski Tavern

Best Steakhouse: Alba in Quincy

Best Pizza: NEBO. The Pallotta sisters rock!

Best Lunch: Cask N’ Flagon. Owner Dana Van Fleet will treat you well.

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: YMCA Oak Square

Best Limousine/Driving Service: Dav El Chauffeured Car Service

Best Museum/Exhibit: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – a great collection of art and the scene of an historic crime

Best Landmark: Edgar Allan Poe statue at the corner of Boylston & Charles

Describe Boston in three words:  Hardened, Historic, Happening

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore: Room 615 at the Hotel Buckminster where Boston gambler Joe “Sport” Sullivan convinced the Chicago White Sox to throw the World Series in 1919. Cue up Field of Dreams.

All-around favorite spot in Boston: The Public Garden any time of year

Best Aspect of Boston:  There’s nothing artificial about Boston. It’s the truest city in America.

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