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Girls' Night Out recommendations needed

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Howdy all,

My wife is helping to organize a single friend's final night of singlehood before she ties the knot. They are looking for a decent, quiet restaurant (i.e. not a big splurge, not a meat market, not loud and bangy, not pearls and paisley, but not McDonald's either). It's for a party of 15, who are coming in from around the planet so we'd prefer a place near an MBTA stop, and ideally if there's a nice place for dessert +/- drinks afterwards, that would be nice too.

I've seen plenty of girls' night out threads before, but most of them seem to have been plans for a more raucous night than is planned. So, any ideas with these constraints?

/J

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  1. You don't say what kind of food, but what about Aneka Rasa in Allston. Malaysian food, which covers a wide range of options for people to choose from. It's near the B line, the 66 bus line and the 57 bus line, so highly accessible from a number of places. Nice looking place but not dressy formal and with enough room and the right sort of atmosphere to hold a good sized party without anyone feeling uncomfortable. Something different for most people, which helps make it seem special. Wonderful staff and very good food which actually works best with a crowd if they're willing to go family style so everyone can try a lot of different things together. And of course there are plenty of places around or accessible from there for dessert and/or drinks if you want to go elsewhere after rather than try theirs (dunno how good they are as not a dessert person.)

    Here's their website if that helps any help
    http://www.anekarasaboston.com/

    1. Casablanca in Harvard Sq. would be able to handle that sized party, has a lot of interesting food including small plates for a good price. You could hit some other Harvard Sq. places for drinks. There's a Finale for desserts, tho they get mixed reviews. Maybe Rendezvous in Central Sq. La Morra for Italian in Brookline Village. Khao Sarn for Thai in Coolidge corner. All close to the T.

      1. I've had pretty big groups for dinner at Eastern Standard in Kenmore which as been pretty good. There are several places in the South End that can accommodate a fairly big group such as Stella, Union or Caffe Umbra. Some of these places might be a bit loud but they are all pretty fun places with good food.

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        1. re: lissy

          The T stop requirement would pretty much eliminate the South End, Central Square might be nice, as you can start at Rendez-vous/Central Kitchen, move on to the music clubs, fall into a dive and end up on a park bench. Not that I would know.

          Eastern Standard sounds nice and Maggiano's has those function rooms which ladies have told me are a great start to a bacherlorette party evening.

          1. re: sailormouth

            Eastern Standard or anything else in Kenmore Square only works when the Red Sox are out of town.

            1. re: sailormouth

              It's a very short walk from the Back Bay and Arlington stations to most of the good restaurants in the South End