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Tuesday night deals around town - cozy required - picky companion

Going to dinner with someone who's easily annoyed. Looking for something nice, warm, and cozy for a casual dinner. A good deal would be nice too. I'm thinking something like the bar at Chez Henri. I worry Chez Henri will be a bit busy around 8:30 p.m. when I can get there so I need some alternatives. I'm in search of a dark comfy spot to settle in with some wine and comfort snacks. Carmen comes to mind but parking could be a real bummer yes, in this lousy weather I'll end up driving). Then I think Cuchi Cuchi but that doesn't feel right. River Gods could work but the music could be a problem depenind on the DJ. Any other dark and cozy suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  1. How about the Enormous Room? Definitely dark & cozy - not sure of music.

    How about the Rendezvous?

    West Side Lounge is dark and cozy too.

    Thirsty Scholar has a dark, pubby vibe and is large enough to hang in a corner, esp. on a Tuesday.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      hmmm Rendezvous could work! And the $46 prix fixe is still on!

      1. re: kittychow

        That's a $36 prix fixe at Rendezvous, and it includes everything on the menu but oysters, a very nice deal!

      2. re: Bob Dobalina

        I love West Side Lounge, but it can be very loud depending on who's controlling the music. Thirsty Scholar is also very good (although on a different plane), but it will be very loud.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          I would avoid the Thirsty Scholar if you are looking for quality in the food. The standard, "throw it in the fryer" apps are okay, but the rest of the menu, in my experience is sub-par. Pair that with the indifferent (at best) service and I avoid this place. Especially if you are with someone who gets easily annoyed. This makes me sad b/c it had the potential to be a great neighborhood joint.

          1. re: heathermb

            I thought there had been some positive reviews on the board regarding the food - particularly a surprise at how good the burgers were.

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              I found the burger there to be in the family of hockey puck - after requesting medium rare.

        2. I like to nestle into the couches at the Oak Bar for a burger on a night like this.

          1. Antico Forno would also have a parking problem, but we spent a gray Saturday afternoon there with a bottle of wine and a couple of pizzas and it was great.

            Washington Square Tavern would be good for the dark/cozy aspect, but I don't think of the menu as very snacky.

            1. Love the Gods but get there after 6 and it's packed on most night plus it's tight to move around. And yeah, at 8:30 the DJ will be in full effect.

              I think Silvertone is kind of dark and cozy and should have settled down some by then on a Tuesday. But it sounds like you're thinking mostly Cambridge.

              1. the bar downstairs in the Elephant Walk just north of Porter is cosy, casual, and much less crowded than upstairs

                1. The Independent would work (www.indo.com) dark/Sox game casual bar on one side, slicker upscale on the other side