No. 9 Park- Still fab?
- Bunnyfood Feb 28, 2008 10:35 AM
House sitting in Beacon Hill (late March)and thinking of No. 9 Park for a ritzy, extra special dinner...Your thoughts? Is B.Lynch still working her magic there? Or is there another Beacon Hill(or surrounding area)spot that you'd reccomend?
Thanks for your valuable input!
No. 9 is still outstanding, although more overpriced with each passing year.
The other high-end suggestion in the area would be Troquet, across the Common. Very good food, and a stunning wine program. To me, No. 9 wins on cocktails and service, Troquet has the edge on wine, and possibly even food.
For a variety of reasons, I've been generally less enamored of tasting menus recently, but Troquet is a place where given the time and funds, I'd definitely make it a point to try, largely due to the wine selection.
Whereas most restaurants start with the food and choose wine to pair, Troquet does it in reverse, selecting a variety of interesting and often obscure wines, then constructing a menu to pair. This should just be a clever throwaway gimmick, but they execute it so well that it can transcend the confines of the concept. I also really like the fact that they pour their wines in 2-, 4-, or 6-oz sizes, meaning you can finish your evening with some remaining command of your taste buds.
As sailormouth alluded, the service isn't as consistent as at No. 9, occasionally being a little disorganized. I'm also always vaguely annoyed that the tables are too close together, although this matters less if you can score a window table overlooking the Common. But the food and wine make up for a lot.
Looking at some other threads...any thought on Mistral? Or the idea of dinner one place, cocktails/dessert elsewhere?