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What's In-between L'esplaier and Clio?

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I posted earlier, and than you for the wonderful responses. Based on feedback from the beau last night, I wanted to pick your proverbial tastebuds one more time.

What restaurant(s) do you feel would fall in between L'esplaier and Clio?

Romantic + Modern = ???

Only requirement is a full bar, he likes his Myer's and cokes and I like my Martini's.

Thanks Again!!

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  1. That top tier is pretty thin in Boston, and I wouldn't characterize this list as falling explicitly between L'Espalier and Clio, but in the general vicinity in terms of price, atmosphere, and service: o Ya (no liquor), Uni, Oishii Boston, No. 9, Aujourd'hui, UpStairs (Soiree Room is fancier, but the more casual Monday Club has its fans for the food), Rialto (which I don't love as much as I used to), Pigalle (only if the chef is back from his summer stint in the Islands), Salts (no liquor, but good cocktail options nearby), Radius (of which I'm not a fan lately), Excelsior (a place I've never loved), maybe Icarus, Locke-Ober (sort of anti-modern), maybe Sorellina, maybe Hamersley's (exalted bistro fare, but excellent of its kind).

    1. No. 9 , especially if cocktails are important or you. I would also add Troquet to your list.

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      1. re: csammy

        I'd second No 9 Park as being between the two restaurants in terms of classicism vs. innovation while still being at a similar price point,

        1. re: Josh M

          Third No 9 Park; it's the first place I thought of when I read the title to this post.

          1. re: Rubee

            I had the same thought. Romantic, modern, good cocktails all spells No.9 Park.

      2. I'd check out Meritage at the Boston Harbor Hotel. After dark it's a romantic setting, the food is terrific, and there's a full bar.

        1. Splitting hairs a bit here. Clio is both romantic and modern. Enjoy.

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