Something new for boyfriend's 30th!
My boyfriend is turning 30 next week and I want to take him somewhere different for his birthday. We have both lived in the city for awhile and have been to all kids of places. He is a big steak eater and loves a good porterhouse but I feel like we have already been everywhere (Capital g, Flemings, Mortons, S+W's, Federalist, etc.) I am looking for something different. I was thinking possibly the Oak Room or Ruth's Chris? He also likes seafood so I could go in a completely different direction too... Help!
A few rec's borrowed from my response earlier today on beef-y places:
High-end American steakhouse: Grill 23. Very loud, clubby, a bit posh, but all testosterone. Good drinks. Oak Room is stuffier, but also does good steaks and has its own quite atmospheric bar. I don't recommend Ruth's Chris, nor any of the other chain outlets.
French (for a good steak frites): Brasserie Jo, Petit Robert Bistro (Kenmore, as it takes reservations), Pierrot Bistrot, Beacon Hill Bistro, Aquitaine. These all feature fine bistro fare and good service, and you can spend the money on better wine instead of aged beef.
Korean (for Korean BBQ): Koreana, the fanciest of the Korean places with grill tables, an unusual and extremely tasty way to get your steak (and beef short ribs, even better) on.
Argentine (for churrasco rodizio, South American-style steakhouse dining, all you can eat of many meats, mainly beef): the Midwest Grill. Fun, casual, a bargain.
BBQ (for Texas beef brisket and burnt ends): East Coast Grill. Casual, loud, with real slow-smoke barbecue that's very fine as Yankee BBQ goes, plus excellent raw bar and wood-fire grilled seafood.
I actually think Grill 23 would be a great option for you. They have an extensive steak AND seafood menu. I am not a steak person ( i love fish) and my best friend is. We almost always end up at Grill 23 because its a great compromise. The food is great, and I have never had a bad experience there. It is also a bit trendy, and somewhat loud, but I do always enjoy myself there.
I wouldn't recommend Ruth's Chris for a 30th bday dinner. Its a good restaurant, but its definitely nothing to write home about.
I actually spent my 30th birthday at Grill 23. Had a great time. We were sat upstairs in a nice quiet location, not near the noisy bar. The food was fabulous and the drinks divine! It is a bit trendy, but it's also in a location that you could walk or take a cab to the theater district or quincy market- where there are plenty of places for drinks afterwards
hope this helps!