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Dinner 4-2 Back Bay suggestions

blackstone May 2, 2007 12:04 PM

I am seeking a dinner suggestion for my wife and me for about 6pm, Thurs. May 10 in the Back Bay area. We are looking to spend about $150 for appetizers, entrees, a bottle of wine and tip. We lean toward innovative, imaginative upscale cuisine. We like places that are funky and cool but not too young and trendy or loud (we're 45 y.o. - the bar scene is secondary for us) . We like all ethnic styles of cooking but a place with an eclectic style would be best. A place that takes reservations would probably be even better but not essential as long as there is not an hour wait for a table.
A restaurant close to Kenmore Square would be ideal, or near the Pru or maybe as far down Boylston or Newbury as Copley Square.
After dinner we would like to be able walk or take a short cab ride to the Avalon for an 8pm show to see the Australian rock band Jet.
We have not eaten out in Boston in years except for a trip to Addis Red Sea (which we love). We bought a room at the Holiday Inn Express near I-93 so we don't have drive home to R.I. till morning.

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  1. C. Hamster RE: blackstone May 2, 2007 12:23 PM

    Sorellina would probably fit the bill.


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      lissy RE: C. Hamster May 2, 2007 12:31 PM

      I think it might be tough to get out of Sorellina for that price unless you stick to apps and pastas. Apps alone are in the mid teens and entrees range from $30s to 40s. In Kenmore is Eastern Standard which isn't really innovative, but it's pretty good, solid food at reasonable prices. There's also Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore which is French bistro fare. Both places take reservations.

      1. re: lissy
        Joanie RE: lissy May 2, 2007 12:43 PM

        These would be great choices and obviously, easy to walk over to Avalon after. Eastern Standard definitely feels like a nite out. Via Matta might work, hop on the green line if you don't want to walk. Brasserie Jo wouldn't be too far a walk, Mass Ave. then up the back way on Ipswich St. Trat. Toscano on Jersey St. in the Fenway would also fit the bill.

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          cambridgeMike RE: lissy May 2, 2007 12:46 PM

          i second petit robert bistro. you can easily live it up there and be able to keep it under 150. not far from avalon at all

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            C. Hamster RE: lissy May 2, 2007 01:27 PM

            You'r right. Sorellina is great but may be a bit pricy. Via Matta is good but in the wrong direction and only slightly cheaper.

            I cannot personally attest to this but 'hounds are claiming Eastern Standrad has gone donwhill in recent weeks.

            I can personally attest that PRB is very, very good.

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          jeninma RE: blackstone May 2, 2007 01:04 PM

          If you want eclectic you're better off in the South End. If you like Indian food, Kashmir is pretty good.

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            blackstone RE: jeninma May 8, 2007 08:05 AM

            Thanks for the suggestions. I did some online research and read a Boston magazine restaurant section. Petit Robert sounds too French for my wife's taste and I did not think Eastern Standard had an innovative menu. Brasserie Jo - too French, Trattoria Toscana - too Italian (we have more than our share of Italian in RI).

            Jeninma, I took your suggestion and looked to the South End even though it is not that close to Avalon. Hammersley's sounds really good and has always intrigued me. But the place that really seemed to fit the description in my previous post was Tremont 647.

            Can anyone offer their opinion on Tremont 647? How is the dining room? I don't like the tables for two with elbow to elbow dining with the other diners (like I saw on the Vox Populi website)

            THANKS! Will

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              Slaterface RE: blackstone May 8, 2007 08:37 AM

              Although I haven't been to Tremont 647, Hammersley's Bistro is great. The Roast Chicken is what I always go back to get. You could also check out Sibling Rivalry, they have an open kitchen and a 'dueling chef' menu.

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                lissy RE: blackstone May 8, 2007 08:44 AM

                Many of the tables at 647 are elbow to elbow. It's one of those places that kind of fell off the radar for awhile then there were reports that it had improved. I think it is a bit better but honestly, I wouldn't go out of my way to go there. I like it as a neighborhood spot, but even so, I don't get there all that often. I personally would go to Hamersley's over 647, but I don't consider Hamersley's inventive either and it too is French. You could try the new Boston Public Meat in Louis Boston. I haven't been (and haven't heard anything about it yet) but the chef there has always been quite inventive in his cuisine.

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                  BBHound RE: blackstone May 8, 2007 08:50 AM

                  Petit Robert Bistro may be French but I think your wife will find a lot to like there. Check out the menu www.petitrobertbistro.com

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                    ginnyhw RE: BBHound May 8, 2007 12:53 PM

                    I love PRB too but it's very cheek to cheek and very French. The view from the dining room is of the ankles of the people on the patio.I think ESK would be my pick for the big banquettes and brass decor and the big city feel of the place. The menu isn't that boring if you are a carnivore and the drinks are really good and it's a fun place, unlike Hammersley's. Luckily for you he Sox are out of town or you would have to forget Kenmore Square area at that time of the evening.

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