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Jan 15, 2008 04:53 PM

Best-Coolest Restaurant in Providence

I will be staying in Providence over the weekend and I am looking for a really nice restaurant to celebrate my wifes B-day. Something with great food, killer wine list and a cool scene. Money is no issue. Please do not say Al Forno. Does it exist?

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      1. Siena on Federal Hill, 10 Prime Steak and Sushi, or XO Steakhouse come to mind.

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        1. re: Jenkins

          Yes, those are exactly the 3 I'd name. I'm not personally a fan of Ten Prime, but I seem to be in the minority, and I'd describe it as the most "scene-y" of the 3.

          1. re: JaneRI

            Yup, probably my three as well, especially now that Neath's is gone and Mills seems to be somewhat inconsistent. Consider Cafe Nuovo as well... Downcity's got a slick look and nice scene, but I've heard (haven't been there since the reopening) that the food is very inconsistent.

            Love or hate the Chowfun group (XO, Ten, Big Fish, and soon the Chinese Laundry), they are opening what are really the only restaurants in town with as much attention to "scene" and "vibrancy" as the food. Without their restaurants, Providence would somewhat be a mish-mosh of very similiar and vaguely upscale New American-Italian fusions...

            - Garris

            1. re: Garris

              The Chinese Laundry? Is that a new Providence restaurant opening?

              1. re: Alica

                Yes, an upscale pan-Asian "Ultra-Lounge" (ugh...) next to XO by the same folks who do XO, Ten, and Big Fish (soon to be a BBQ joint). Despite some recent (provocative) advertising, I'm not sure when their opening day will be.

                - Garris

                1. re: Garris

                  What about LaLaitere!!! I think that is the best new restaurant in Providence!

                  1. re: sarahbeth

                    La Laitere is fantastic, but I'm not sure it's "cool" or slick in the way that, say, 10 is, for example... Ambiance fits more into the vaguely upscale genre.

                    - Garris

                    1. re: Garris

                      Hmmmm....I will say I agree w/Sarahbeth, but it definitely depends on your definition of hip. It's certainly quietly-chic hip (that is a new category I just invented) and I for one would definitely prefer it to the bar full of poseurs at Ten.

        2. We did the Providence thing this fall and absolutely loved it! We didn't have enough time to squeeze everything in and settled on Costantino's for dinner and Nicks on Broadway for breakfast. If you have time/like to do the breakfast thing, I highly recommend this place. We were very happy with both choices, and, based on board reviews will definitely take in LaLaitere on our next visit! And, would Providence Chowhounds consider Mills Tavern to meet OP criteria?

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