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Mastro's Providence or Grace

Going on a date and would like to go to a new restaurant. Exboyfriend taking me out and thankfully money isn't a factor. Mastro's seems so predictable to me, although I have never actually been. Have read great things about Providence and Grace as well. So, help me out, which should I try first?

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  1. Grace

    In that order.

    1. If money is not a factor, go to Providence first thought it will likely, in my opinion, eclipse the other two. I wasn't that crazy about Grace and will probably not go back any time soon- the food, while interesting, didn't strike me as being prepared exceptionally- though friends have loved their meals there. I wouldn't even bother iwth Mastro's and would try Hatfields or Table 8 instead. (unless you've already gone to them!)

      1. I second Providence. It is brililant and even better when money is not a factor.

        1. Grace would be my first choice, Providence my second. I'd go to lots of other places before Mastro's.

          1. You can pretty much decide based on food -- Mastro's is steak, Providence is seafood (though they have a 'secret' veg tasting menu), and Grace is all of the above plus vegetarian.

            Since I'm vegetarian I've never eaten at Mastro's. I had very good meals and service at both Grace and Providence. But Grace's menu definitely has more breadth.

            1. I would pick Providence out of those 3. Also consider Bastide, Melisse. I also like Bin 8945.

              1. Bin 8945, Hatfields, Grace, Lucques, AOC would all be preferences for me over either Providence or Mastro's, unless of course you had to have steak and the accompanying scene!!! Obviously, the 5 mentioned all vary somewhat in concept, so you have to decide what kind of an evening you want to enjoy. Also, while Comme Ca is very new, it is also worthy of your time, yet now is probably not the ideal time to go.

                1. (singing) "One of these three is not like the others..." There's a lot of places I would go to before Mastro's. But regarding the other two, in my mind it's a tossup.

                  1. I think Grace is the best of the three for a date. I'd go to Providence to do some serious eating; Mastro's for a serious steak.

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                    1. re: Renault78law

                      in the mood for steak....add cut to your list

                    2. Personally, I just ate at Providence recently and I would definitively go there. I'm planning on going back this week for the 9 course tasting with wine. I like Grace as well, but I think Providence is really amazing. Plus, the dining room isn't nearly as noisy as Grace's. I wouldn't bother with Mastro's, it's pretty conventional. Although I had a great heirloom tomato salad with figs that was great, that was years ago.

                      1. I agree...don't bother w/Mastro's. Personally, I'd go to Sona. But any one of the places listed previously will be a good choice.

                        1. echo the sentiments of skipping mastro's.

                          as for grace and providence, they're just different. to me, grace is a little more hoighty-toity in its environs, and a little more straight-laced... providence has the edge on seafood, and to me feels a bit more hip.

                          if you're considering a tasting menu, i'll also toss in support for bin 8945 and sona. i've done the whole shebang a few times at bin8945 and did sona last week--both great experiences.

                          and seriously, if money isn't a factor, and you like sushi... urasawa!!

                          1. i'm sure you've figured it out by now, but just to reiterate, mastro's shouldn't even be a consideration - it's a waste of time and money. the other posters have given you some excellent guidance, and i'll just add that if you want a place for steak, go to cut or jar.

                            1. So thanks for all of the great advice. We ended up going with Providence.
                              Ambiance: They had the music at almost an inaudible level and made for an uncomfortable environment - you could hear every conversation.
                              Food: Outstanding. We did the 9-course tasting menu with the wine pairings. Had a great waiter who upgraded a lot of the wine selections.
                              Overall: At first I got the "what did you get me into" speech - after the food we were both very impressed.

                              Certainly not a cheap night out, but for sophisticated palates and real food-lovers, most would appreciate this restaurant.

                              1. I personally much prefer Providence over Grace. Except for the Grace burger, which is just amazing. And their blueberry malt shake ... *drool*
                                But otherwise, Providence :) http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com/2007/...