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Jul 19, 2008 07:52 AM

Dinner for 2 in the Financial District


I tried searching the board for the answer to my question, but I couldn't really figure out a definitive answer since a lot of the Financial District posts dealt either with lunch or with business meals.

I am temporarily staying at the corner of Milk St and State St, getting ready to relocate after several years in the Boston area. Next week is our last week and we have a babysitter all lined up so that my husband and I can head off and enjoy a proper adult meal - probably our last in Boston.

Now, if I had my way then we would be off to L'Espalier at top speed to make it truly memorable, however, we don't really have the budget for a meal at that price, although I'm not really looking for a "budget" meal either.

Here's the thing - there are a lot of restaurants right around us, and I have to believe that there must be something worth going to for a special, albeit "not total blowout" meal. I keep coming upon mediocre reviews for a lot of them (Caliterra, Umbria etc etc) so I thought I would just ask straight out where the Chows would suggest for a couple in this area. Of course, the North End is just a short stroll away, and Mamma Maria's is my back up plan, but I'm just curious if anywhere at all in the Financial District is chow-worthy.

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  1. The Financial District does not have many great places but the adjacent areas have some good choices. I would go to Sel de la Terre near Long Wharf. Also, Locke-Ober is nearby as is KO Prime and Radius. The Leather District has O Ya, Les Zygomates and Sorriso. And Chinatown is close too.

    Sel De La Terre
    255 State St, Boston, MA 02109

    1. I'll second Sel de la Terre. It's right down State Street from you and a truly excellent (but not over-the-top) restaurant.

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      1. re: Blumie

        I was going to suggest Sel de la Terre before I saw that you already had two replies suggesting the same thing. I "third" that. I will also second Les Zygomates. Excellent food and wine pairings.

      2. Not sure where you're moving to but the North End might be good just cuz you won't find that kind of neighborhood in other cities. Prezza and Taranta would be good. Or walk further up Atlantic Ave. and hit Meritage. And I know I'm in the minority, but I like Umbria quite a bit altho it's been a couple years since I've been there.

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        1. re: Joanie

          Thanks for the suggestions! I think it will most likely be Sel de la Terre or Les Zygomates. I am not surprised by the lack of votes for any of the Financial District restaurants. Does anyone else find it mildly depressing that there as quite so many restaurants that are mostly flash and not much substance?

          1. re: bellachow

            Kingston Station and Good Life are both good. I would go to either of these before Les Zyg. Note that Thursday - Saturday are especially crowded.