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?
The people from Arrows in Maine recently opened up Summer/Winter restaurant in the Marriott in Burlington. Nice room overooking a small greenhouse where they grow some of their herbs. Had a nice lunch there although the service was a little spotty.
Isn't Ten Tables in the original Perdix space in JP? That would fit the bill. Have you been?
If you like the Butcher Shop, then Toro is a much better version of what TBS strives to be, in terms of style.
Evoo is a great rec too.
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.