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NYC Attorney Returning to Cambridge for Recruiting Dinner

Cuisinescene Sep 26, 2008 08:27 AM


I'm a Harvard Law grad now working as an attorney in NYC, and I'm coming up to Cambridge next week for a recruiting dinner (about 5 people, including 2 law students and the recruiting partner). I remember from my HLS days all the typical recruiting restaurants: Sandrine's, Rialto, Upstairs on the Square, Harvest, etc. Craigie Street Bistrot was a favorite of mine (though I hear it moved locations), but I can't get a table for 5 the night I need it.

The partner has asked me to pick the restaurant. Where should I go, CHers? Price is not an object-- it should actually be on the more upscale side. Oleana is out-- the food needs to be a bit more "mainstream" (new American, French, Italian, steak, seafood), much as I would be up for a culinary adventure. Given the mix of attendees, nothing too hip, loud, or where the partner is going to feel out of place and really old.

Any thoughts on Salts or Rendezvous? TW Food? Rendezvous had just opened when I was in Cambridge, and I think I went once, but I'm not sure if it's up to par these days. I haven't been to the other two. EVOO? Other suggestions that I haven't thought of?

It's going to be a Sunday night and we are restricted to CAMBRIDGE. A place that takes reservations is a must. I'm looking for something besides the "usual suspects" that the law students are already bored of (i.e., where all the other firms take them).

Thanks so much for all your help, CHers!

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    Taralli RE: Cuisinescene Sep 26, 2008 08:41 AM

    Like Rendezvous. You might also look over Dante: http://www.restaurantdante.com/

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      Sal Monella RE: Taralli Sep 26, 2008 09:24 AM

      Dante, EVOO, Blue Room and Sandrines (French) are excellent choices. Never been a fan of Rendezvous...too salty and inconsistent service and some noise.

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        twentyoystahs RE: Taralli Sep 26, 2008 10:09 AM

        i second rendezvous. it's a good, safe choice and the food is excellent, the atmosphere subdued, probably just as you'd want it.

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        jonship RE: Cuisinescene Sep 26, 2008 10:31 AM

        Definitely not TW Food. I have not been, but from what I know about it, it's definitely not "mainstream". The other suggestions, Rendezvous and Dante sound much safer.

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          jajjguy RE: Cuisinescene Sep 26, 2008 11:51 AM

          Salts would be a good choice, probably the best for all the different demands you've listed (neither hip nor boring). Pulcinella would probably work nicely. Rendezvous would work well, though it can get loud; same with Blue Room and Chez Henri. EVOO would work, but i'd put it at the end of the list, just cuz I personally like the food a bit less. Of these, Chez Henri is the only one that is a comfortable walk from HLS; EVOO is 2nd closest.

          In response to jonship, TW Food is great, but not appropriate for this occasion:
          go sometime when you're in town on pleasure and can really focus on the food and when you won't be taking over the place with a business group.

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            Cuisinescene RE: Cuisinescene Oct 2, 2008 09:08 AM

            Well, I got a reservation at Craigie Street after all, but then the partner hijacked my table so that he could woo a candidate in a smaller group. Now I'm supposed to take out another candidate somewhere else.

            The good news is that this means I can venture into Boston. It's going to be me, the law student, and our recruiting coordinator (a young-in-spirit 40s woman). I think I've narrowed my choices down to Mistral or Clio.

            Any thoughts? I think Clio may have the food edge, but I'm afraid the atmosphere will be too formal. Or is there somewhere else I should definitely go? (I've been to No. 9 already and am looking to branch out.)

            Thanks again!

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              Bob Dobalina RE: Cuisinescene Oct 2, 2008 09:17 AM

              Clio all the way, if only to bill high on the partner's account for poaching your CST reservation.

              Better yet, go to O Ya!

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                Gabatta RE: Cuisinescene Oct 2, 2008 09:30 AM

                Both are good choices food wise. I would actually pick Mistral for a recruiting dinner, much better atmosphere for that sort of thing IMO. Sorrelina would be a good choice as well.

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                  teezeetoo RE: Gabatta Oct 2, 2008 03:10 PM

                  don't know if you are looking for expensive or good: craigie street and upstairs are both, of course, but you might like Hungry Mother in cambridge for a less glitzy but really pleasant atmosphere and meal. In town, I'd opt for Troquet.

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                    almansa RE: teezeetoo Oct 2, 2008 05:23 PM

                    I was recruited in the bar at Rialto.

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                  Pia RE: Cuisinescene Oct 2, 2008 06:30 PM

                  Definitely Clio, I went to three separate law firm recruiting events at Mistral and would have loved to go to Clio. (I go to HLS! Can I come?)

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                    Kat RE: Cuisinescene Oct 3, 2008 08:40 AM

                    Sorellina! Very modern inside and the food is very good too. I did not like Clio at my last visit, I felt that the dining room was too dim and formal (although my law student days are now behind me, I was just about the youngest person in there). Mistral can be a bit loud, if you are trying to have a serious conversation. Clio might be better for you in that respect.

                  2. sailormouth RE: Cuisinescene Oct 2, 2008 10:20 PM

                    Don't know if you still need something, but Clio would be far better, in my opinion, than Mistral, which feels very dated to me. Further, I would be more impressed as a foodie, but it could be intimidating to one that is not.

                    I like the idea of O Ya. Icarus might also be a decent choice (dated but classic), and Troquet or No. 9 would also be up there for me. Of the four, I'd go Troquet, O Ya, No. 9, Icarus.

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                      SpicyTea RE: sailormouth Oct 3, 2008 08:09 AM

                      Mistral is well-trampled turf by the Harvard recruiting scene. Clio, less so, but it is definitely stiff. I'd go with Troquet. It meets your needs -- formal, quiet enough to talk -- but it has a playful flair with the food, while maintaining a menu that'll meet most needs. Recruiting has some built-in challenges, and too formal a dining experience can be deadly, in my experience. Best of luck.

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