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

Hungry Brooklyn Mike Jan 30, 2008 01:03 PM

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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    iamsam Feb 1, 2008 02:40 AM

    How about Butcher Shop?

    Pro: wines by the glass, small plates, casual, warm. (I love it as a date spot.)
    Con: no reservations.

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    1. re: iamsam
      Pegmeister Feb 1, 2008 06:58 AM

      Buthcher Shop would be a great place. Cozy; nice bar; good cheese selection and small plates.

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        phatchris Feb 1, 2008 08:50 AM

        I think the bar at Neptune would fill the bill. Oysters and Prosecco would be a great first date.

    2. bombaybeauty Jan 31, 2008 04:48 AM

      I've used the lounge area of Rialto (Charles Hotel, Cambridge) for just such purposes. The resto itself is both fancy and expensive, but in the lounge area they have tables and banquets where you can enjoy a few glasses of wine and an excellent bar menu (or for that matter order off the full menu). It's elegant and relaxed, not stuffy. The acoustics are good too -- ideal for a talking date if that's what your friend wants. BB

      1. frankie Imbergamo Jan 31, 2008 04:02 AM

        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

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          admiralackbar Jan 30, 2008 02:47 PM

          How about the foundation lounge on a slow night.

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            mr mangia Jan 30, 2008 01:35 PM

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

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            1. re: mr mangia
              joebelt Jan 31, 2008 05:05 AM


            2. TomH Jan 30, 2008 01:10 PM

              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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                joebelt Jan 31, 2008 05:05 AM

                But the food is crap.

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                  heathermb Jan 31, 2008 05:22 AM

                  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
                    joebelt Jan 31, 2008 05:25 AM

                    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.

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                      cambridgeMike Jan 31, 2008 06:10 AM

                      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
                        lisa13 Jan 31, 2008 10:58 AM

                        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
                      TomH Jan 31, 2008 06:29 AM

                      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.

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                    jonship Jan 30, 2008 01:09 PM

                    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.

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