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Nov 12, 2008 06:21 PM

Fun themed restaurant for fun dinner!

Hey everyone,

I'm a college student here and am not very familiar with restaurants in Boston. I come from NYC and need to find a few heavy themed restaurants for friends to meet for dinner.

What is a heavy themed restaurant? A restaurant that offers a uniquie ambiance, performance or theme to go along with the food. Some of the type sof places I'm looking for are:

Ninja New York -
Buddha Bar -
Tao -
Jekyll & Hyde -

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Pricing doesn't make much of a difference.


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  1. Tangierino in Charlestown; Om in Cambridge; to a lesser extent, Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge.

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      1. re: pollystyrene

        Pollystyrene is dead on...I'll send those suggestions...and most definitely Cuchi Chuchi.

      2. Did you actually enjoy Ninja? I recall Frank Bruni giving it one of his funniest pans ever in the Times. Yep, here it is:

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I was just going to post the same thing. I love the review!

          1. re: eLizard

            "...they come armed not only with swords and sorcery but also with recipes, which may be their most dangerous weapons of all." Laugh out loud funny.

            Tangierino is great. Doesn't reach this level of wackiness, but the chicken tagine with fries is outstanding. I'd also throw in the Enormous Room in Cambridge. Though primarily a bar/club, the middle-eastern food is pretty tasty. Atmosphere is very cool - you sit on either low couches or persian rugs on risers. Drinks are good but expensive.

            1. re: eLizard

              Hilarious! My thoughts on reading the original post were "Jekyl and Hydes?!" I spent my 21st birthday there a decade ago and even through the fog a few newly-legal drinks, remember thinking, well, there's no way this place will last with atrocious food and poor value. I love that the Ninja review posted also alludes to J&H's terribleness.

          2. I've successfully avoided this place for all of my 40+ years, but if themes are what you want:


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            1. re: Blumie

              As long as we're throwing out themed places we wouldn't bring our enemies to, there's

              1. re: Chris VR

                Well, if it's theme-y with crap food ye want, I've got a few: Hard Rock Cafe, Wine Cellar, Barking Crab, the Bull and Finch, Durgin-Park, Finale, Kings, LTK, Sauciety, and the Union Oyster House.

            2. So many college students enjoy Fire and Ice. Not my cup of tea, but it seems to be bursting with youth! As an students must have changed since I was there--"pricing doesn't make much of a difference." Now that's the way to go to college.

              1. Upstairs on the Square in Cambridge. Although somewhat pricey, it is definitely a different world, I've heard it written as an Alice in wonderland experience. I can't vouch for that, but the cool decorating is definitely out of the ordinary.