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Jan 30, 2008 01:03 PM

First Date -- Wine Bar/Good Food -- Need help

Hungry Mike is reaching out to Boston for help. A friend has the dreaded first date and actually wants to make a good impression. Any neighborhood in the city, just wants a chill wine bar...nothing too fancy. Any ideas are welcome and thanks for your help!

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  1. Bin 26 would be perfect I think. Charles St. Beacon Hill.
    It would create a good impression, without being over the top for a first date. I think they take reservations too.

    1. Les Zygomates comes to mind for the low key aspect. They also have a great French wine selection.

      Les Zygomates Wine Bar & Bistro
      129 South St, Boston, MA 02111

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        1. re: joebelt

          I had dinner there with a client a few weeks ago and actually had a good meal. Started with grilled, marinated sardines and for my main had a salmon special. All was perfectly cooked and really delicious. I do not remember what my DC had but she really definitely enjoyed it. So I would not nearly say that the "food is crap." Best of boston, of course not, but one could absolutely do much, much worse. That said, I personally wouldn't recommend it for a first date only b/c it doesn't have a cozy romantic feel. Great for a client dinner though!

          1. re: heathermb

            Agreed crap is a little harsh. It's just not a good buy for the price. You can do a lot better spending that kind of money.

            1. re: heathermb

              i disagree. i think it could be a nice place for a first date. Especially the jazz side. you don't want something too romantic for the first date. the bar with jazz is a lively scence with a great wine choice. Food is decent, i agree that it's not great.

              1. re: cambridgeMike

                ohhhh...I don't know about the jazz side for a first date. We really enjoyed the music, but it was SO loud there was no way we could hold a conversation. Fine for old couples like us, but I would not have been happy on a first date getting to know someone.

            2. re: joebelt

              Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I have had a few good meals there as of late. I have also seen some of the negative comments on here but it seems like the positive ones outweigh them.

          2. i think gargoyles in davis sq is nice as well and has a nice wine selection

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            1. How about the foundation lounge on a slow night.

              1. A great place for a first date would be Bricco on Hanover st. They have an outstanding wine bar and the food is awsome--You can even go there late
                they have a late grilled pizza menu--Great wines!!

                Enjoy Bricco!!
                Frankie Imbergamo