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Your Favorite Night Out (downtown)

Some friends and I are having dinner this Friday. I really don't know the restaurant/chow scene in Boston well, having sadly lived the life of a commuter.

I am looking for a tasty, affordable ($20/25 pp) place where we don't have to scream to be heard. Mostly, I'm just looking for the names of great places I have yet to try (which is almost every place). Location would be downtown -- off the orange line or the green line before it splits at Copley.

Sorry this is so vague.

Restrictions
- veggie friendly
- cozy
- no Korean food

Thoughts/recommendations?
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Penang for Singapore/Malaysian in Chinatown followed by a fancy dessert at any of the nearby restaurants might fit the bill.

    1. How about Addis Red Sea? It's not quite downtown, but only a 10 or 15 minute walk from the Copley area and a bit more from downtown. Excellent Ethiopian food there, and very quiet and cozy.

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      1. re: hiddenboston

        I second that suggestion! My bf and I love this place for an affordable romantic special night.

        1. re: hiddenboston

          Triple this suggestion. Addis is usually quite hushed, and the communal platter setup is cozy and congenial. And the veggie friendly options are flavorful (as is everything else, really).

        2. I think Tapeo. Fun atmosphere, good food, good sangria. It's a spanish/tapas place.

          It's gonna be hard to get away with $20-$25 per person downtown.

          I also like Tantric...it's not the best Indian food in Boston, but it's a really nice space with gooda atmosphere. Definitely veggie friendly, right on Stuart St. near the corner of Tremont (Boylston stop on green line).

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            1. re: coookie

              Tapeo is very loud. The last time I ate there with a group we could not even have a conversation!

          1. Woodie's Wood Fired Grill on Hemingway Street is a quick walk from the Pru area and serves great wood fired pizza and other fare at very reasonable prices. Near by Fenway area are serveral choices on Peterborough Street including Mexican and Thai and Sushi, sorry, can't recall names.... a little afield of downtown but great places to check out for cheaper eats and converstaion friendly atmosphere.

            1. Maybe Laurel? It's convenient to the Green and Orange lines, has good (not exceptional, but quite good) food, a nice atmosphere, and is in your price range. I like it a lot. There appear to be a few veggie options on the menu: http://laurelgrillandbar.com/id11.html