Birthday Dinner Recs for Some Ladies?
A group of friends has graciously offered to take me to dinner for my birthday this Wednesday night. It will just be a group of 4-5 women (all late 20s) looking for yummy food, cocktails, and the liveliest atmosphere we can hope for on a Wednesday night in Boston. Places I have been eyeing include:
Opinions on these or other suggestions? We will have at least one vegetarian in our ranks, and I'm generally not crazy about French food. Thanks!
Happy Birthday--You might also consider both BanQ and the Union Bar & Grille, both next to each other on Washington St. in the So. End. Both lively, excellent food and different atmospheres and there is valet parking. I used to go to the 33, but haven't been in a while. That also had a very lively scene and very popular with the younger set.
Ten Tables is more of a quiet, romantic restaurant. The 8 tables (and several seats at the bar) are so close together that I would definitely feel awkward with a celebratory, noisy group. I've also found they tend to run behind as far as reservation time and there's nowhere to wait other than in the street, which also would not be ideal for your group.
I haven't been, but I think Scampo would work best. You can make a res wich you can't at Neptune, should be busy, not too expensive (if that's a concern). Tang. got some bad reviews lately. Pops could be fun. Oleana would be on the high side, definitely Rialdo would be and kind of quiet in the dining room.
Another great place for this type of night is Pho Republique in the South End. It is Southeast Asian food and is SO fantastic, one of my favorite restaurants in Boston and great for a girls type of night b/c you can order a whole bunch of things and share and the atmosphere there is awesome. There are definitely vegetarian friendly options too. I haven't been to any of the others you listed but Ten Tables, Neptune Oyster and Oleana are all on my list. Good luck!