I want to go to a concert on the night of June 14th, 2018 in Boston at the Royale nightclub, which is about equidistant between South Station and Back Bay. Even though the Saver fare for the Regional is only $79, the Acela fare is $184. I have an upgrade coupon which expires in September and would probably be wasted on NER BC, so I've decided to take the Acela and upgrade to First Class.
I have a few questions:
1. My coupon is a 12-hour upgrade. Is there any chance 2164 FC WAS-BOS will be sold out? It leaves WAS at noon, so I'll be calling probably right at midnight.
2. I've never taken Acela FC, so I don't know what to expect with the food service. I've heard it's good, but I don't know if it's been victim to the downgrades other Amtrak services have seen. Will the meal WAS-NYP and another between NYP-BOS be enough to tide me over for the day, or should I try to bring something on the train also?
3. Kindof a second part to the first question: if the two meals aren't enough food, does anyone have any recommendations for (preferably on the cheaper side to make up for the splurge on Acela ) dinner places in the Back Bay or South Station area?
4. Are there any nearby attractions in the Back Bay or South Station area (Theatre District) I can see between 6:40 pm when 2164 gets in and 8:30 pm, which is when I'll probably want to be at the venue?
Thanks in advance!