Moderately-Priced on Newbury St?
I'm looking for a moderately-priced restaurant on newbury st. for a celebratory dinner coming up soon. Places with outdoor seating would be a plus, but without is fine, too. Any kind of food would fit the bill, the main consideration is that the price isn't too hight since we're both grad students. Any suggestions would be very helpful!
Does it have to be Newbury? You could try Dish on Shawmut Ave., Pops on Tremont or Gaslight on Harrison in the south end. Parish Cafe on Boylston (altho that's kind of casual and not so celebratory). If it has to be Newbury, a burger at 29 Newbury? Apps at Sonsie in the open window? Tapas at Tapeo?
If you're insistent on Newbury, I would try Piattini. They have outdoor seating, but at a sunken level which makes you feel a little separated from the (albeit beautiful) throngs of people. Piattini means "small plates" in Italian, and you can mix and match to create a pretty delicious and affordable meal. Standouts include the ai gamberetti salad (spicy shrimp, candied pecans...) and my friends love the butternut squash ravioli, although I think it tastes a bit cloying. They also have a pretty good wine list, as well as red and white wine flights. Go somewhere else for dessert, though, unless you're just looking for a glass of moscato d'asti.
Stay away from Sonsie! It's snooty, overpriced, and way too much of a scene.
It's not on Newbury but Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore Square fits the bill. Outdoor seating as well, although below street level.
Petit Robert Bistro
468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
If it has to be Newbury I would also recommend Piattini, or another option would be Croma. It has an outside patio and the food is decent. I'd go to either of those more for the location and patio than I would for the food, but I've had fine dinners at both.