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$150 To Spend on Friday

Tell me how you would spend my $150 bucks for two

Im fine with getting a few apps and cocktails somewhere more $$$$, use your imagination please!

Looking for something good!

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  1. Bar at No.9 Park -- 3 course fixed price menu @$45/person (me? steak tartare, truffled gnocchi and cheese) Start w/a cocktail, let the bartenders match wine, end with port w/your cheese course. Nothing could be better for the money.

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    1. re: purple bot

      i love it!

      any more ideas like this one?

      1. re: purple bot

        Have they always had this 3 course thing at the bar? Limited choices?

        I'd probably go to a couple different places, maybe combine No. 9 Park (not for 3 course meals tho) w/ a drink and snack at KO Prime or Locke Ober. Toro was a good suggestion. Then maybe Union or Rocca or try Banq (can't vouch for it, haven't gone yet). West Side Lounge and Chez Henri in Cambridge maybe. Bar at Rialto and Casablanca.

        1. re: Joanie

          I was pretty underwhelmed when I went to Banq a few days ago.

          I like those suggestions, and I would probably start out at No. 9 and have a cocktail or two and a snack, then move to KO Prime for the same.

          Then maybe Troquet, for some wine tasting, and more snackage.

          All within walking distance.

      2. The No. 9 idea sounds great. The first place I thought of was Toro. A few of my favorites from my last couple of visits are : short ribs with armagnac/prunes, smoked duck drumettes, and the dates with cheese.

          1. re: saltyair

            All good so far. Love Toro lately (skirt steak with cabrales butter sauce and, especially, the grilled and salted pimentons, plus whatever else).

            Gaslight has some winners, and you can sit and eat/drink longer (get to the bar EARLY): their new "beet root salade" (shaved raw beets with horseradish), steak tartare (with mushroom and truffle), and the poelee espagnol (cod/shellfish/chorizo pan roast with lotsa cream) are three of my favorites right now.

            Have fun!

          2. Went to Oleana last Friday and spent a little less than $150 but Mr. is a beer drinker so if you throw in a bottle of wine instead you can make it more expensive. Started with just the hummas and whipped feta, skipped getting what they call "appetizers", I had the duck schwarma with cardamom scented leek and mango chutney. Mr. had the special which was seared tuna over cranberry beans served with a torta containing manchego cheese, jamon serano, spinach and roasted red peppers. He said it was one of his top five meals ever. For dessert I had the bread pudding which was as excellent as I remembered it and (I'll go ahead and say it) is my number one restaurant dessert of all time.

            If you wanted cocktails too you could swing by B-side before dinner. If this rain clears up its not a bad walk.

              1. These all sound like great ideas, but it looks as though No.9 is pretty much booked all night long....

                Im really interested to try Troquet, but am also thinking about Mistral or Meritage. Though I think Mistral might be a tad over budget for this trip. Does Troquet have good ambience? Me and my gf tend to go out to dinner a lot for 22 year olds, but tonight she said she really wants something fun, with a chic/high end atmosphere, and not too $$$$$.

                I really like this idea of grabbing an app and a cocktail at a few places within walking distance. Do these nicer places sort of frown on this though? I dont want to clog up a table for a $40 order ya know?

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                1. re: Zopper

                  I was able to grab 2 seats at the bar at #9 last night about 7..and the cafe tables were turning over pretty quickly.

                  Both cafe and dining room menu available at the bar. We just had a drink but the food looked great.

                  Troquet is directly across the Common; but if it's still raining, I'd probably just do #9.

                  1. re: Zopper

                    Places usually don't care if you're just eating small food and drinking in the bar area (and when we were in Portland, they sat us knowing our plan when the bar was full). I don't think of Troquet as particularly fun, others might disagree. Meritage isn't all that fun but it's good and you should be able to eat at the bar easily there. I'd try the south end places maybe. And you may get lucky at the bar of No. 9 or Mistral, that's always a crap shoot.

                  2. If Hooters near the Garden were still around my suggestion would undoubtedly be their "Gourmet Chicken Wing Dinner". 20 wings and a bottle of Dom PĂ©rignon, all for $159.99.

                    I can't think of a better meal option for the price!

                    1. Lunch at L'Espalier with a cheese course and some nice wine.