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HELP! NY chowhound in Boston needs dining advice

I'll be in Boston next week and I'd like to take a colleague out for dinner at a nice place. Easy right? We'll just to make it interesting I won't be in the City of Boston until 9:00 - 9:30pm.

My ideal place has great wines by the glass, seasonal ingredients and menus and not that romantic of an atmosphere. Location isn't important as long as you can get there with a taxi from the airport. And I need a reservation next week so it can’t be too hard to get into (I don’t know if that’s a problem on a Wed night). I'm open to cusine. Price isn't important.

Thank you in advance for your comments.

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  1. No. 9 Park has a really good looking menu and decent buzz on CH. Anybody been there recenty?

    1. 9 park is one of the city's best, to be sure... james beard winner and all that. it could be construed as romantic, though, if that's a real concern. i'd opt for the blue room in kendall square-- excellent wine list, seasonal is their middle name, and the room is cool, pretty even, but i wouldn't call it super duper romantic. another in that vein would be central kitchen in central square. that is a little more on the romantic side sometimes, but they serve pretty late and the food is killer.

      1. 9 Park is my favorite restaurant in the city, but first choice (IMO) for what you're looking for: "great wines by the glass, seasonal ingredients and menus and not that romantic of an atmosphere"

        I immediately thought of Troquet. Great restaurant, talented chef, excellent wine list (search for more info on this board also).

        http://www.troquetboston.com/

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        1. re: Rubee

          I thought of Troquet too after reading the post.

        2. Or how about Rendezvous, in central square, cambridge. A casual, unpretentious spot with great food. Do a search for lots of previous posts.

          1. I'd go to Meritage in the Boston Harbor Hotel. Great wines, small and large versions of interesting new American food, comfy bar to sit at or tables by the water (or not). Certainly convenient to the airport, usually easy to get into and that time shouldn't be a factor. And there are two other bars downstairs for drinks if you have time.