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Coolidge Corner Celebration Dinner for 12

figg May 1, 2008 10:31 AM

Looking for a good place for a celebration dinner in Coolidge Corner. There are a lot of out of town guests coming so I would like someplace special. I am not too concerned with price but definitely want something casual. The group has 2 vegetarians and 2 teenagers. I am hoping for a really fun place with good food. I would probably not want Asian or Mexican because I have guests from California.

I would prefer Coolidge Corner because some of the guests fly in that night and will probably be tired. I am willing to take a quick T ride for someplace perfect.

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  1. galleygirl RE: figg May 1, 2008 10:40 AM

    I'm gonnah go with the Lineage rec again; esp. if you have two vegetarians...There's lots of little plates, which are perfect for crafting a meal. They also take reservations,even tho the place is small.

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      SSqwerty RE: galleygirl May 1, 2008 11:08 AM

      Will they eat Indian? I'm thinking there will be vegetarian choices, it's a large, pretty place and the food is good/reasonably priced. Whether for good or ill, CC is mostly sushi now, and they can get that in California. There's Thai at Pho Lemongrass, but I'm betting they can get that at home, too.

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        galleygirl RE: SSqwerty May 1, 2008 11:19 AM

        That's Vietnamese at Pho Lemongrass, but it's so mediocre, it may be hard to tell the difference...

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      ginnyhw RE: figg May 1, 2008 11:25 AM

      I would try Jae's.

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        Science Chick RE: ginnyhw May 1, 2008 11:31 AM

        I haven't been there for many years.......Aren't they asian?

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          lmuller RE: Science Chick May 1, 2008 01:17 PM

          Jaes is asian and it is not particularly good. I also think that the location of the one in Brookline is pretty weird and not very festive.

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        lergnom RE: figg May 1, 2008 11:44 AM

        If you want to venture slightly, Elephant Walk has worked for me for out of town guests. The atmosphere is nice enough to pass for a celebration.

        If you go the other way to Washington Square, you could look at The Fireplace.

        I've never eaten at the Russian places - the one where Seattle's Best was or the one in Washington Sq.

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          Science Chick RE: lergnom May 1, 2008 12:07 PM

          Also, the Washington Sq. Tavern is great!

        2. BobB RE: figg May 1, 2008 12:26 PM

          For excellent food, a casual atmosphere, and food they are unlikely to find in CA, I'd suggest Taberna de Haro. It's right at the first above-ground stop on the C line. My only qualm is that the place is small and does not generally take reservations, but if you call them well in advance and explain the situation they may be willing to accommodate you. I guarantee your guests will remember it, the food is the most authentic Spanish in the area, and they have plenty of really good veggie options. The menu is here: http://www.tabernaboston.com/menus_ta...

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            figg RE: BobB May 1, 2008 06:27 PM

            Tapas sounds like a great fit. The Spanish food is much better in Boston than California. I read that Taberna de Horo had some some problems with snooty services, which I would like to avoid for this dinner. Has that problem been remedied?

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              BobB RE: figg May 2, 2008 07:24 AM

              I've heard that too but have never experienced it, quite the contrary. I seem to recall reading that it may have been at a time when the owner was away.

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                ginnyhw RE: figg May 2, 2008 10:02 AM

                The problem was remedied and the staff is very friendly - they gave me their recipe for sangria - delicious! I think Deborah might be able to accommodate a group of 12, especially in the warm weather when they have more room (out side tables) but don't plan to go when there a Red Sox game as there will be zero parking in the neighborhood.

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              macadamianut RE: figg May 1, 2008 01:10 PM

              Pomodoro in Brookline Village is great. I eat there a lot because it is in my neighborhood. It's a very short distance from Coolidge Corner. It's on Harvard street. I have always had wonderful meals there.

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                asher79 RE: macadamianut May 2, 2008 07:18 AM

                i like pomodoro, but it's pretty small and i don't think it would work for a group of 12. if you do go there, it's cash only.

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                sailorblue RE: figg May 2, 2008 08:22 PM

                Not exactly special but Zaftigs was great about hosting a last minute party of 15 on a Friday night when my in-laws showed up a day earlier than expected. The menu definitely has something for everyone and they will take reservations for larger groups.

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                  ghostcat RE: figg May 2, 2008 11:08 PM

                  Lineage and FuGaKyu are the best restaurants in Coolidge Corner. FuGaKyu has many small dinning areas, serveral of which would be good for twelve people.. Lineage might give you the side room on a slow night. Washington Sq. Tavern is fun and the food is decent, but it usually too crowded and too loud for a celebratory dinner. The Beacon St. Tavern down the street in the opposite dirrection has a private room off of the main room and the food there now better than at the other place. That's about a ten minute walk from Coolidge Corner or a few stops on the Green LIne.

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