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Park Street area datey restaurant?

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Any recommendations for a great place for a Friday dinner around Park Street T/ Boston Common that won't break the bank but is still romantic? I could only think of the two extremes -- Fajitas-N-Ritas (not romantic but cheap) or the other end, No. 9 Park (ouch expensive but romantic). I'm thinking around the $12-$15 range.
Thanks.

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  1. Silvertones on Bromfield Street? It's more of a bar and grill than a restaurant proper, but they serve pretty straightforward comfort food-type cuisine for you price range (think mac and cheese, meatloaf, pasta).

    Also, the decor is perfect for a date: dimly lit, cool black and white photos on the walls, and a good wine list and drink menu.

    1. As mentioned, Silvertone is good although it gets pretty packed (maybe less so with the new addition). There's a McCormick & Schmicks in Fanueil Hall and most of their entrees are <$20 (at the Park Plaza location at least). Limbo on Temple Place isn't too badly priced. Even tho it's not authentic, P.F. Chang's is pretty comfy. Is the Kinsale across from the Govt. Center T too casual?

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      1. re: Joanie

        Istanbul Cafe on Bowdoin St, just up Park Street over Beacon Hill. It's a wonderful little Turkish restaurant in the lower level of a townhouse next to St. John's church.

        1. re: Jules

          Thanks so much for all the ideas -- I think we'll either go with Silvertone (never been there but everyone seems to love it) or the Istanbul Cafe. Also thought about Lala Rokh (spelling?) on Charles. I was really impressed with Limbo's reasonable prices (looked at their website) -- but I think we won't be dressed "clubby" enough to go there.

          1. re: dillard57

            Just one comment re: Limbo, the dining room is upstairs away from the throngs and you may not have to look as "happening" away from the bar action. Whatever, have a good dinner.

        2. Hi there,
          We ended up going to Silvertone's which worked pretty well. We had about a 20 minute wait for a table, but there were places to hang out and I had a nice Cosmopolitan. It was a pretty hip crowd (felt a little funny in my blue jeans but whatever). My date and I shared the jerk chicken (with yummy friend bananas) and the fish special which was tuna. Both were very decent and reasonably priced. The service was fast and efficient. The smoke was pretty intense and there's no way to escape it, so if that bothers you, beware. The menu was funny and irreverent. Overall, it was a good experience. I think if I wanted something more intimate, next time I'd go to the Turkish place on Beacon Hill. But this was fun and interesting. Thanks for your help!

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          1. re: dillard57

            But will you be going with the same date? ;)