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InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 05:57 AM

I'm a regular poster on the Boston board, but I'm hoping the New England crowd won't mind the brief intrusion and plea for your help. In 2 weeks I am taking a couple of clients to a group dinner...one is from Springfield, MA, one is from Avon CT, and one is from Newington CT. I work for a small business, so don't think over-priced dinner on the VPs Amex card dinner! I'm shooting for really nice dinner (really good food valued over pretention) in a place that isn't too noisy (Thursday night though, which should help) and hopefully somewhat attractive decore. I don't want it to be cheap or look like we're being cheap, I just don't want to pick one of those cheezy places people go to impress the client even though there's better food for 20% less around the corner.

My vision is somewhere along Rt 91, maybe Hartford or something, but the main goal being easy for everyone to drive to. I am hoping for an eclectic menu as I don't know how adventursome eaters they are. I could also be swayed to "fun" atmosphere over "white table cloth" as long as the fun doesn't feel like a frat boy meat market or restaurant briming with crying 5 yr olds....they need to be able to talk to each other without screaming.

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  1. acervoni RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 06:09 AM

    One of the Max Restaurants might work for you. Max Downtown in Hartford, Max Amore in Glastonbury or Max-a-mia in Avon. www.maxrestaurantgroup.com

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      Uncledave RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 06:27 AM

      Since two of the three clients are from the Hartford area I would assume it wouldn't be asking too much for the Springfield guest to make the drive. I'm not aware of much between Springfield and Hartford.

      West Hartford town center (near where I live) has much to offer. It's a nice walkable town center with easier parking than Hartford.

      I'd suggest in roughly this order:

      Simmer Grill: inventive American with global flavors. Probably the kind of menu you're looking for. Nice room for a business dinner. http://www.simmerct.com/

      Bricco: very good N Italian - make a reservation, it's hard to walk in and be seated. http://restaurantbricco.com/bricco.htm (they have a sister restaurant in WH called "Grants" which is more American steaks/chops. You'll see on the site

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      Max's Oyster House (you'll find info on Max's link in above post). A bit more bustling.

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        LenaNE RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 08:27 AM

        Max's Oyster Bar in WH will be very noisy on a Thursday night...I would go to downtown Hartford..easy for everyone to get to..

        Peppercorn's on S Main St is great, food, atmosphere etc.. it will not break the bank or look like like you're trying to hard..

        Max Downtown is a good choice for a business dinner...

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          InmanSQ Girl RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 10:38 AM

          Does anyone have any opinions on Figaro Restaurant in Endfield, CT. One of my clients suggested it and the location seems perfect.
          http://www.figaroenfield.com/index.htm

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            LenaNE RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 10:46 AM

            never heard of it but judging by their website it's not in the same league with any of the restaurants suggested...

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            Petunia RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 11:01 AM

            I have been to Figaro. It is fine, but rather dated and not at all in the league of what you described.

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              joaniebaby RE: Petunia Feb 7, 2007 03:04 PM

              I agree about Figaro. In addition, the other suggestions you have been given are very good choices. Another great spot on the Hartford/West Hartford line is O'Porto, which can close off a room via French doors.

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              Briek RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 11:11 AM

              All of the Max's Restaurants are excellent. Max's Oyster Bar is very noisy on a Thursday night - but Max's Downtown would be quieter. Max A-mi-a in Avon, CT is also very good - but it may be a bit far for the person coming from Springfield because Avon is not off of I-91.

              There is a restaurant in Hartford called Hot Tomato (I believe that's the name - it's right by the Union Station) that has good Italian food and might be a little cheaper than the Max's restaurants.

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                FarFar RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 03:10 PM

                Another "fun" restaurant in Hartford is Black-Eyed Sally's, an excellent southern/cajun-style eatery.

                www.blackeyedsallys.com/

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                  ElizabethHenton RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 7, 2007 05:37 PM

                  Apricots, Farmington

                  1. sryder RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 9, 2007 06:00 AM

                    i would recommend one of the max's restaurants, trumbull kitchen. the only other max's place i've been to is the one in springfield, for a couple of business dinners, and that was great, but i also really enjoyed trumbull kitchen the one time i was there. it seems perfect for a business dinner.

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                      Enfielder RE: InmanSQ Girl Feb 12, 2007 05:51 PM

                      If you're targeting Hartford, one other place you might consider is Hot Tomatos near the train station - the food is reliably good and I think the atmosphere would be right for a business dinner.

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