What's In-between L'esplaier and Clio?
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.
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).
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.
I will add my voice to the No.9 Park chorus. I used to be a fan of Meritage, but the food I had there the last couple times felt very institutional. The view, however, is always stunning.