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goldenboy Dec 8, 2006 08:20 PM

Hi Hounds,

Any suggestions for a good place for a first date? Someplace that serves seafood, good ambiance, but not too formal.

Niblet, your suggestions will be given extra consideration.

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    chucktownlady Dec 8, 2006 08:29 PM

    Hi. I'm not niblet, and my suggestion doesn't have seafood -- at least, I don't think it does -- but Dish on Shawmut (South End) is a great date place. It's dark and cozy, has cute little booths, and the pizza half of the menu encourages sharing. :] Plus, it's not the always-packed too-chi-chi Franklin Cafe.
    http://www.southenddish.com/index.php...

    Good luck. I'd like to hear what you choose...

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    1. re: chucktownlady
      lissy Dec 8, 2006 08:38 PM

      I think Dish usually has at least one or two good seafood options (I recall a pretty good cornmeal crusted cod on their menu), as does Franklin. I also like B&G for a date (or any meal for that matter).

    2. hiddenboston Dec 8, 2006 08:33 PM

      I'm not niblet either, but I agree that Dish would be a good place to go. Excellent food, cozy surroundings, and a great neighborhood for strolling around afterwards.

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        goldenboy Dec 8, 2006 08:49 PM

        I've been to Dish once and it was very good. Quality pick. The cold must've affected my memory cuz I should've remembered.

        1. Niblet Dec 8, 2006 08:53 PM

          Goldenboy -

          What a great name! I haven't yet been to Dish, someone in work also recommended it just this week. So that sounds like a good suggestion. I'd also recommend:

          Neptune Oyster (North End)
          B&G Oyster (South End)
          Douzo (sushi, next to Back Bay T)
          Eastern Standard (Kenmore)
          Casablanca (Harvard Sq)
          Tapeo (Newbury St)

          N.

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          1. re: Niblet
            steinpilz Dec 11, 2006 01:02 PM

            These are all good, great food, great atmosphere, and diverse locations (I'm partial to Casablanca, Eastern Standard, and Neptune).

            1. re: Niblet
              kittychow Dec 11, 2006 08:35 PM

              If you have a phat budget I think Om is a very good first date place... Or maybe it's too sexy?

              If you consider Casablanca a pre-dinner cocktail at Om could work. Oh, and then dessert at Upstairs on the Square or Finale or hot chocolate at Burdicks...

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              goldenboy Dec 8, 2006 09:06 PM

              Thank you all for your responses. I'm leaning between B&G and Dish.

              Niblet, let's keep this on the DL between us.

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                powella Dec 8, 2006 09:11 PM

                So here's my JP shout-out.......What about Cafe D? Whenever I go there with the mister, I always feel well treated. They always have fish on the menu, you have a choice of sauces. Not too formal, just warm and nice and easy. 711 Centre Street (where the Arbor Restaurant used to be.......)

                1. Rubee Dec 8, 2006 09:54 PM

                  Just wanted to say welcome to the board Goldenboy!

                  My suggestions (heavy on the seafood) would be B&G and Neptune Oyster in the North End. Haven't been to Dish - yet.

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                  1. re: Rubee
                    tatamagouche Dec 8, 2006 10:08 PM

                    Having reiterated earlier today that you and I seem to have such similar tastes, I think you'd like The Dish. That potato-bacon-creme fraiche pizza is addictive.

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                      Rubee Dec 8, 2006 10:12 PM

                      "potato-bacon-creme fraiche pizza" Whaaaaa????? I think my stomach just growled..

                      BTW, thanks, that's a compliment :). And reminds me, you had written once about something like a pork dumpling/bun/sandwich in Chinatown, maybe New Shanghai? I've been wanting to try it ever since. I've been meaning to ask you - could you describe it again, details please.

                      Thanks much!

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                    East Cambridge Hound Dec 8, 2006 09:56 PM

                    I would suggest O Cantinho on Cambridge St. in East Cambridge. The food is really good and made with great care. The atmosphere is quiet and reasonably romantic, but not creepy-romantic for a first date. Nice short list of Portuguese wines. One big advantage: you won't spend an awkward half-hour trying to get acquainted while waiting in a crowded lobby/bar trying to stay out of the way of waiters and waitresses as they whiz by you with plates of food. There are always people eating there (it won't be EMPTY) but you won't have to wait. Your date may also think you know special secrets about out-of-the-way restaurants...

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                    1. re: East Cambridge Hound
                      Bob Dobalina Dec 11, 2006 12:01 PM

                      I love O Cantinho, but I think that's a more second/third date - agree on your assessment completely, though - it does give the impression of knowing secrets. ;)

                    2. yumyum Dec 9, 2006 12:16 AM

                      Oh nice! You're here!

                      I know for a fact that Niblet likes Lala Rokh in Beacon Hill. Quiet little 3-stool bar, great food, cozy atmosphere.

                      Have fun!

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                        jessemkahn Dec 9, 2006 01:13 AM

                        any particular neighborhoods?

                        1. hotoynoodle Dec 9, 2006 11:36 AM

                          i'll second lala rokh, and add les zygomates and sorriso.

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                            jessemkahn Dec 9, 2006 03:07 PM

                            the helmand in cambridge (near the galleria) is excellent. it's afghani, so there's plenty of flavor, but nothing too spicy, and fresh wood-fired flatbread. there's a roaring fire, they have several fish dishes, and an decent wine selection.

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                              EP3 Dec 10, 2006 09:08 PM

                              I think a good date is a drink at the B-Side Lounge and dinner at Oleana or Dinner at Central Kitchen and then go upstairs to the Enormous(sp?) Room for good music and a drink.

                              1. gini Dec 11, 2006 01:21 PM

                                From Niblet's list: Eastern Standard, Neptune Oyster & B&G. (I haven't been to dish, so I can't comment).

                                By the way - welcome to the board!

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                                  jcanncuk Dec 12, 2006 01:47 AM

                                  B&G - definitely a place that will impress - good drinks, nice 'hood, great food, not too quiet or too noisy, great wine/drink list & not too tough on the wallet.

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