Need Someplace New, Different: Suggestions?
My birthday is coming up in a few weeks, and my wife and I are in search of some place new and we're not feeling very inspired. I was hoping some of you might make a few suggestions.
Our criteria: Cost isn't an issue, but we prefer places low on pretense, with great drinks/wine/beer, and of course, great food. Right now, we're cuisine doesn't matter much, although we've really been on an Asian food binge so we'd prefer not to go Asian. Preferably within 15 miles of Boston.
To give you a better idea of what we're looking for, here are some of our Favorites: East Coast Grill, Neptune Oyster, the Publick House (Brookline), the Garden at the Cellar, Perdix (gone, sadly), the Butcher Shop, Dali, Sapporo (Newton Centre).
I know this seems general, but maybe this is why we're having such a hard time.
Anything you folks could suggest?
Lots of great recs here already. The substance-over-style flavor of your list of favorites made me think of these, which incidentally won't stretch your budget:
Drinks at Eastern Standard, dinner at Trattoria Toscana.
Drinks at No. 9 Park, dinner at Grotto.
Drinks at Green Street, dinner there, at Rendezvous, or Central Kitchen.
Drinks at B-Side, dinner at Oleana.
Drinks at The Alchemist, dinner at Ten Tables.
These combos represent one of my favorite kinds of leisurely dining: enjoy an extraordinary cocktail, then dine at a modest, unpretentious, exceptional-of-its-type little restaurant.