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savedlatin Oct 21, 2007 08:30 PM

Hi everyone,

This Saturday is my 21st birthday, and my parents are coming to town. I absolutely love good food and drink, and am looking forward to my parents' present: namely, that they will take me and my college roommates out for dinner and drinks. Unfortunately, that makes a party of 15 people, including myself and my parents, which is a bit difficult. They'd like to pay, but are concerned about the tab, especially with people drinking. Can you good folks recommend a place that has the following:

1. The ability to accommodate a group of 15 people on a Saturday night
2. Reasonably priced, especiallly when it comes to wine list and/or drinks (it would be especially great if anyone knows of a place that's BYOB, or has a reasonable corkage fee)
3. Great food! I like New American, Italian, and seafood best, but I'm willing to consider just about anything. We're adventurous eaters.
4. Accessible via the T; we're not going to be able to get 15 people around by car. I'm based in Cambridge (Harvard Square), if that helps with orientation.

Many, many thanks for your help!

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    pollystyrene RE: savedlatin Oct 21, 2007 09:12 PM

    I haven't eaten at any of these yet (I plan to), but from what I've heard about them, they might do the trick: Sagra in Davis Sq., West Side Lounge outside Harvard Sq., or Gaslight in the South End.

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      willg RE: savedlatin Oct 22, 2007 06:43 AM

      Over the year or so I have been to three fairly large dinners at local places: Fugakyu (great sushi restaurant near Coolidge Corner, moderately expensive but very good, and good value in my opinion); Brasserie Jo (good French-American bistro near the Prudential-reasonable, but not cheap, with good wine list) and Summer Shack (near Alewife - festive atmosphere - food quality varies as do prices).

      I would also once again sing the praises of Namaskar in Davis Square, which I believe could accomodate 15 without much problem. Prices are reasonable for the excellent quality Indian food they offer.

      And I would also suggest dim sum in Chinatown as a possibility, but would leave others to recommend the best place.

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        lennyb RE: savedlatin Oct 22, 2007 06:51 AM

        Green Street in Central Square seems like an ideal place. They can accomodate big parties, have a good and reasonably priced wine list (even better cocktail list), and their are several seafood dishes on both sides of the menu.

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          Snowflake RE: savedlatin Oct 22, 2007 07:04 AM

          I'd go for Cambridge Common, we had a party there for close to 20 and everyone was happy and the tab was really reasonable (and that was with a healthy amount of drinks!)

          1. lissy RE: savedlatin Oct 22, 2007 07:18 AM

            Grotto on Bowdoin St in Beacon Hill has accommodated groups that size for me and they have a very reasonable prix fixe. That being said, 15 people for this coming Saturday might be tough. You should start calling around ASAP!

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              Joanie RE: lissy Oct 24, 2007 08:35 AM

              Grotto and Green St. are good ideas. Beacon St. Bistro in Brookline has lots of room and is fun and has pretty good prices. Bouchee on Newbury St. might be able to do it altho not esp. reasonable. You could go for seafood at Peach Farm or some casual Chinatown place.

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              Blumie RE: savedlatin Oct 22, 2007 09:24 AM

              East Coast Grill can easily handle a group of 15 in the Lava Lounge, but will not accept a reservation for a Saturday. But if you arrive early, you should have no problem.

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                troyboy77777 RE: savedlatin Oct 22, 2007 10:37 AM

                try maggiano or vinny testa

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                  MC Slim JB RE: troyboy77777 Oct 22, 2007 10:54 AM

                  Vinny Testa's is long gone; it's now Vinny T's, and I think it's a disgusting hog trough of a place.

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                    Blumie RE: MC Slim JB Oct 22, 2007 05:47 PM

                    And Maggiano's, although better, is not much better.

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                  troyboy77777 RE: savedlatin Oct 25, 2007 05:34 AM

                  what time is your party

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                    troyboy77777 RE: savedlatin Oct 25, 2007 05:37 AM

                    don't expect to get a reservation for party of 15 people especially on a saturaday night at 7-8:00pm if you are not willing to spend big $$$ because restaurant don't have the space nor it is in their best interest to accommodate such party size. Unless, you are willing to go to places like vinny Ts or Maggiano... That is why I suggested those places.

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