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Sep 16, 2008 05:01 PM

Trendy Place for Dinner in Boston, Help

I'm going to be in town this weekend. I'm looking for some trendy restaurants that have good food, and an atmosphere. Something like a Tao in Las Vegas. I can have a nice meal, but I can also hang out there.

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      1. We certainly don't have anything like Tao Las Vegas in Boston. I personally consider that a huge blessing. I've had a lot of crappy, overpriced meals in Vegas (I usually fail in my attempts to drag colleagues and business clients to Lotus of Siam, so casino restaurants are usually the order of the day), but my dinner at Tao might be the most offensively bad I've had there. Sort of crystallizes everything that's awful about Vegas to me -- loud, fake, crass, with painfully mediocre food. (It's also the single biggest revenue generator among independent restaurants in the country, did almost $67M last year.) Blech!

        Hmmm, maybe BOKX 109? That place styles itself as a Vegas-y hotspot -- in its words, "a performance in dining". It's in Newton.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          When I used Tao as an example, I didn't really mean the place itself. I just meant a good place to have a nice dinner, that's also loungy where you can hang out that has an atmosphere.

          1. re: bjchin

            So, are you thinking about a place where you can have dinner and then linger over drinks afterward, or vice versa?

        2. I think that 28 Degrees is probably as Vegas-like as you can find in Boston. The food is just OK, but it is a restaurant/bar with the "see and be seen" vibe. It is in the South End. Have a look at their website.

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          1. re: Kat

            My mind immediately leapt to 28 Degrees as well.
            Of course, I have only been to Liberty Hotel for brunch, when things are much more controlled. ;-)

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