Fun Place for Celebration Dinner Near T tonight
Does anyone have any suggestions for a good (casual or business casual) place to go tonight up to $40 per person. We were planning to go to a restaurant week place to celebrate my sister's engagement (9 people), but that isn't going to work out....
She was thinking to try someplace new to us like McCormick and Schmidt's b/c in faneuil hall and there is stuff to do around there
or someplace Japanese/Korean where you can cook the food at your table
Any suggestions? Thanks!
McCormick and Shmick is certainly not terrible, but it's a typical chain atmosphere and you can probably do better, especially for new england seafood. Unfortunately, East Coast Grill is not near the T, but if you REALLY want to be in Faneuil Hall, then right near McCormick is Naked Fish, which is probably a more interesting and fun bet. Most of the options in that area are pretty execrable.
I don't think there is a Korean BBQ anywhere near the T: I can only think of Koreana, a 10 minute walk from the central stop, but I have never been.
For $40 a person, a great meal can be a tough find, but I would reccommend Petit Robert Bistro, near the Kenmore T stop. A lot of hounds aren't fans, but I think it's the best bargain in the city.
I love Koreana's bulgogi and kalbi, but people tonight will probably be taking the T or looking for someplace very easy to get to (they rearely drive around Cambridge/Boston so aren't very familiar with getting around)
Italian might work, but I think a good piece of meat is what they are wanting....(their first choice for restaurant week was Ruth's Chris, but they aren't doing dinner and it's too pricey if we pay full price)
I went to McCormick's once and true I wasn't impressed by them at all, but I'm running out of time :-)
I just took anoter look at Naked Fish's menu and I think it might work for what you're looking for. The portguese steak I've heard is rather good, and under $20, plus all the seafood options, and it's right next to M&S. If time and location are a real constraint, it might be your best bet.
Oooh, here's an excellent idea for you then (and one of my neighborhood favs when I'm not in the mood for Italian): The North Street Grille in the North End. they serve excellent meat, seafood, and poultry dishes. Here's their entree menu:
Truffled Lobster Risotto
sweet peas, parmigiano reggiano, chives
Grilled Ribeye Steak**
classic creamed spinach and hand made salt and rosemary fries & ketchup
Charred Rosemary Lamb
warm salad of crushed fingerling potato, eggplant & sweet onions
Marinated & Roasted Chicken Breast
wild Mushrooms, wilted arugula, thyme butter
Apple Cider Brined Pork Tenderloin
mac n' gruyere cheese, grilled asparagus
Seared Long Island Striped Bass
fava beans, farro, asparagus
Braised Hudson Valley Duck Leg Confit
brussel Sprouts. handmade pancetta, sweet apples & vinegar'd mustard
The prices are quite reasonable, and the food is really good. Here's their info:
North Street Grille
229 North Street
Boston, MA 02113
I think you'll really like it. It's fairly small (but not teeny-tiny), very laid-back, a lot of fun. I HIGHLY recommend that rib-eye, creamed spinach and rosemary fries entree. (Actually, the rosemary fries rival Sol de la Terre's. Be sure to get sides of them for the table.)
One caveat: I believe they still have a wine and beer only license. If you want a mixed drink before or after though, there are TONS of great places a 30-second walk away.
One more question if anyone is still around...I was searching for more reviews about the Grille and noticed a lot of posts complaining of poor venilation/smell....does anyone know if this is still a problem? Should I call back and request a table by the door/windows?