Fun, funky restaurant with good food?
My sisters are coming to town in a couple of weeks, and it's one of their birthdays. I'd like to take them to somewhere fun and funky, but also a little special with super good food. Thinking more along the mid-to-high priced restaurants rather than your really fantastic dives. Any suggestions? Eastern Standard? Sel de la Terre? A really good tapas restaurant? Thanks in advance!
I think Toro would be fun and the food is great, but it is small, loud with a no reservations policy, I think.
I never would have recommended this place until a recent good experience, but Masa now would be on my list. They offer $1 tapas at the bar (or the sampler platter for $10) or you can sit at a table and order from their regular menu.
Hmmm, fun and funky, fun and funky...
Well, it can be a little hit-or-miss, but Ivy is fun and funky, and also has a very good, very reasonably priced wine list.
They offer small plates that, on any given day, can either be pretty darn good or somewhat forgettable.
My favorite for tapas is Toro. I was just there last week and am still loving the cod fritters, their corn, the pan con tamate (though the tomatoes were a little cold for my taste on the bread but still really tasty). I also had a really good foie gras of some sort. It's a fun place but can get crowded (though not seemingly as bad now that there are so many south end places to go) so I'd go early since they don't take reservations. I also think your idea for Eastern Standard is a good one though I only sit at the bar. It's such a fun spot and the bartenders are the best in both cocktail making skill and service. I go there often with my girlfriends.
Edit: I forgot to mention that I had an awesome plate of pimientos del padron at Toro last week as well!
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