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Nov 5, 2007 08:31 AM

Ten Tables or Craigie St?

Looking for a celebratory, but not over-the-top expensive mid-week dinner. The Chef's Whim at CS sounds interesting for adventurous eaters (which we are), but starts a little late, and I guess could add up with wine costs added. But still is tempting...

If Ten Tables is a choice- would you recommend a tues night wine dinner or a wed night prix fixe?

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  1. Haven't been to Craigie Street, so I can't offer an opinion on them, but the two dinners we've had at Ten Tables have been outstanding. We did the Tuesday night wine dinner just last week - an excellent buy, IMO.

    1. IMO Craige St- hands down

      1. I've been to both and I enjoyed Ten Tables better, so there you go. lol
        Have not been to a special night's dinner.
        Will agree that CS is more adventurous -
        Speaking of adventurous, you might consider the Game and Wild Mushroom prix fixe at T.W.Food - looks like it could be pretty funky although at $60 pp / $90 with wine, that's not not over the top.

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        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          I'll second you on your preference for Ten Tables, Bob D. I liked both when I tried them, but felt more comfortable and incrementally liked the food better at Ten Tables -- more personable service, too. Tough to go wrong at either place, though.

        2. The level of cooking, including use of interesting ingredients, is top notch at Craigie Street. I've enjoyed the Chef's Whim a few times and though it does start late, it's an amazing way to eat seasonal, fresh, inventive dishes. CSB is an experience.

          Not that Ten Tables isn't an experience either. Both the wine dinner and the prix fixe are amazing values, but the level of cooking is a bit more rustic, more straight forward.

          I think it really depends what your preference for cuisine is. I'm infinitely more comfortable with an everyday out sort of meal at Ten Tables, while I reserve CSB for more celebratory affairs.

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          1. re: gini

            That makes sense, since I am more of a rustic, straight-forward kind of guy. ;)

          2. A note on Craigie: some people are put off by the vibe of the place. It's in a dark, rather cramped space in the basement of a brick apartment building, on an off-the-beaten-path Cambridge street. Since one man's cool Bohemian jewel is another man's dingy, depressing basement, you might want to bear this in mind before making a reservation there. This is especially true because as you observed, the prices are strikingly high considering the atmosphere; the food is simply outstanding (and to me, worth the asking price), but the look of the place can understandably weird some people out.

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            1. re: finlero

              I don't understand why none of the CSB space occupants that I recall has tried to do more with that space. I don't mind basements, per se, but, as I've said before, that CSB space reminds me of a 1970's rec room. Basement spaces can be great, like the gothic wine cellar look of Grotto, or the cozy, fireplaced vibe of Hungry I.

              1. re: pollystyrene

                Cramped, yes. Dingy? Not at all. It's an awkward space but they make it intimate, I think. We just ate at CSB this weekend and were blown away. The swordfish is a slow cooked piece, so you get the familiar swordfish flavor but with a wholly different consistency--much softer, creamier, delicate. Unusual and delicious. We also had the hanger steak with was very good, particularly the beef tongue ragu and marrow that came along. A smoked game bird consomme was great-- and a very large bowl's worth (think medium-sized pho) with Japanese mushrooms and a poached egg to swirl in. A gingerbread pain perdu was the best dessert I've had in years. Never been to Ten Tables, but CSB is worth it.