Need a good place for a large group in CAMBRIDGE
I am planning a conference in Cambridge in a few weeks, and we are looking for a place to have a group dinner one of the nights of the conference. There seems to be a slight preference among our group for seafood, but I'm open to other suggestions. Here are the specific things I'm looking for:
1) Able to accomodate a group of 25-30 (preferably in a separate room or at least a separate part of the main room)
2) Reasonably priced (entrees in the 'teens)
3) Walking distance from our hotel (The Royal Sonesta, 5 Cambridge Parkway) OR, walking distance from the drop-off points of the hotel's free shuttle: "Mass. Gen & Government Center/Quincy Market" or "Harvard Square Cambridge"
I would GREATLY appreciate any suggestions!
Always a tough one. My recs:
Second on Sidney's Grille: Total hidden gem. Todd Young is one of the few chefs who cooks at a high level and manages to stay true to New England as well. Right near your hotel.
Todd English's Kingfish Hall: Todd English has hit it with this one. Food has been on from Day One, prices are reasonable, from seafood entrees in the teens, to burgers and killer fish sandwiches. Fantastical decor. Faneuil Hall settng is a blast without beign cheesy. Real Boston a) b/c of English's involvement and b) b/c of the area.
Try Sidney's Grille at the University Park Hotel @ M.I.T. They have some large private dining rooms and and the food is very good (seafood and grilled meats, etc.). There is a shuttle that operates from Kendall Sq. to the hotel that is free! This is a hidden gem of a restaurant that I frequent. Give it a try!