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Unique Brunch/Lunch Shower Options on a Sat?

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LivestoEat Feb 20, 2007 06:19 PM

Hosting a baby shower on a Sat. in April for my very best friend for 20 years! Would love ideas...I'm thinking about cute restos in the south end or perhaps cambridge that might not be open for lunch on sat, but would be happy to open for a party of 20-25. Function rooms at fun, cute restaurants (that are open on Sat) would be great, too. She's a fun, foodie, mom-to-be. The Zebra Room at Upstairs on the Square was my first choice, but it's booked that day. Would love suggestions for something with a similar feel and great food so that she can have a fantastic party.

  1. heathermb Feb 20, 2007 07:45 PM

    Eastern Standard Kitchen has a nice private room and great food/cocktails. Very fun atmosphere too...although quieter on a Saturday afternoon most likely (unless it's late April and the Sox are on TV!)

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    1. re: heathermb
      hotoynoodle Feb 23, 2007 10:45 AM

      20 people, especially with presents, will not fit in that room.

    2. Chris VR Feb 21, 2007 05:44 AM

      I tried some really great food from Dante at Spinazzola Gala, which, combined with the view of the Charles, is making me consider them for an upcoming bridal shower http://www.restaurantdante.com/

      I'd also consider Dali or Cuchi Cuchi for that fun vibe. Dali's website says they do private parties, but then in another place it says Sun.-Wed. so I don't know if that's an option.

      1. ChefJune Feb 21, 2007 12:03 PM

        Being as I've been loving Jody Adams' food for a loooooooooooong time, I'm kinda partial to Rialto (In the Charles Hotel). Jody recently revamped the space and the menu. Have you considered Rialto? I would...

        1. litchick Feb 22, 2007 12:25 PM

          Hi LivestoEat:
          Dali sounds like it would be a great venue for a party like yours, if indeed they book private groups on Saturdays (I don't know for sure), so I'd second that recommendation. Also, you know, Oleana does private brunch/lunch bookings. I've only done dinners there myself (and if you look at my past posts, it's no secret that I'm a fan), but perhaps that might be up your alley? Last thought: have you considered doing a dim sum brunch? I know you can book for large parties at China Pearl. I've done a few bday parties there, and it's a great vibe. They have a pseudo-private (it's in the main dining room, but separate from other foot traffic) raised dining area that I've used to good effect for such events.

          1. l
            LivestoEat Feb 23, 2007 09:34 AM

            These are all great suggestions! I'm looking into all of them. Thanks so much!

            1. hotoynoodle Feb 23, 2007 10:45 AM

              baby showers are usually daytime affairs. dali and cuchi-cuchi are not normally open for lunch, so you'll need to ask if they'd open just for your party.

              sibling rivalry in the south end has a private room, is open for lunch, and offers a very flexible function menu.

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