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Sep 12, 2006 08:18 PM

Pigalle - What the space like?

I made reservations for Pigalle as I've seen good reviews on the food and recommendations as a romantic spot. How is the dining room set-up? Do I need to ask for a table away from the kitchen or are most of the tables good tables? It's a special occasion.

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  1. Very much the French bistro -- tables close together, wicker backed chairs. I was there for brunch in the main dining room, and it was very nice, though romantic it was not. Maybe the area on the other side of the bar is better? Anyway, the food was great as were the prices. You will have a blast!

    1. I haven't been in a while, but I think Jen may have confused it with another spot. I love Pigalle. I've always thought of it as romantic, warm, and inviting, and I especially like the cozy high-backed booths - which you should definitely request for a special occasion. I linked to a pic at Boston Citysearch which should give you an idea of the atmosphere.

      1. jenhen definitely confused with someplace else. I think one of the most romantic spaces in city Recent renovations have made the " bad table" issue moot.But you should ask for the banquette booth if a special occasion for 2 people . We had tasting menu there last Sunday nite and I was in heaven. My favs are the tuna roll, tuna martini, Thai lobster, and anything he does with steak ( from frites to the most elegant tenderloin) is terrific You will really enjoy

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        1. re: capeanne

          capeanne - can you tell me more? We're thinking of trying the tasting menu for the first time...

          1. re: Rubee

            Sure But we are doing memory and age against us .Amuse of beet terrine. Soft red beet layered with cheese. First course was the Summer Greek salad in perfect portion. Refreshing and delicious .Second course was tuna martini. ( I had never had before as I always lean to the tuna roll but this was a revelation to me ) . Then we had choices and DH had scallop with Nantucket Bays , clam and mussel and I had shrimp tempura. By now I was levitating . There was a next course which DH recalls as steak tartare for him and I haven't a clue what I chose and finally the main was Steak Diane with aligot potato and WOW WAS THAT AMAZING ..and then dessert dessert ...we did wine pairing which I could never reconstruct as at this point I needed to go up the street to NEMC emergency room to be resuscitated. I don't usually go overboard re descriptions like this one ( and to get a sense our 2 elegant restos are Pigalle and Salts and during the week we love Rendezvous ) but this was one of the best damn meals I have had in a very long time We weren't " stuffed or groggy" but very satisfied and the pace and portions were great . Enjoy

            1. re: capeanne

              Wow. You convinced me. Thanks so much!

        2. I love that room: dim lighting, low noise levels, intimate seating. I prefer the tables along the front (Charles St South side) of the restaurant, which seem a little more private.

          1. When I ate there they sat my friend at I at a booth near the entrance that was really not well set up for 2 people. If it is for a romantic affair, as for a table down one of the sides of the restaurants, maybe close to the window.

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            1. re: MaggieMuffin

              Interesting - I haven't been since the renovation and all the booths used to be on the back wall. Thanks for the update!