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Not your average business dinner

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Hi there, I am from Boston and I'm coming into town for a presentation...we're taking our clients to dinner afterward and I'm looking for recommendations. I guess what makes us "not your average..." is that we're all late 20's/early 30's and work in the creative industry.

I'm looking for something that is not uber-fancy or expensive, but that is a treat for our clients and a nice night out. BUT, want it to be relaxing and more comfortable than a NAHA or Blackbird type restaurant.

Does this make sense? For instance, if you're at all familiar with Boston, I would say I'm looking for an Eastern Standard/Great Bay/Via Matta type place.

Thoughts?

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  1. I think Sepia would be right up your alley. It has a much warmer feel then Blackbird, but still provides great food (albeit not quite as good IMO), and would compare favorably to Eastern Standard. www.sepiachicago.com Enjoy your trip!

    1. Just posted this a few days ago about slightly alternative business dinners.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/49273...

      To add, after hitting up River West/West Town restaurants cocktails can be had at quite a few places. A couple blocks from West Town Tavern (see prior post) Five Star Bar is a great fancy dive bar--can't explain it any other way--they have a stripper pole in the back. Depending on night you can also get great DJ and casual hipster vibe at Sonoteque (also a couple blocks). Embibbing establishments near May Street Market, (a very quick cab or 5 minute walk over a bridge) takes you to famous (from OCeans 11) Emitt's Pub. Also Funky Buddha Lounge or Butterfly Social Club for loungey hip-hop. And of course, my very fav dive bar, Richard's Bar. You can walk straight thru from Grands to Milwaukee Aves at this gem behind Emmitts. Enjoy