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Venue for 30-40 people walking distance from Pru

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prilbert Jan 6, 2009 02:30 PM

Hi. I am trying to find something nice but casual within walking distance from the Prudential area that could provide a nice area for 30 - 40 people who want to eat drink and talk to each other. I lived in Boston about 15 years ago, so I really need some help! I don't want it to be too noisy for chatting or too dive-ey but also not extremely pricey.

It does not need to be a private room but an area where a group can mingle if they want to before or after eating would be best.

I noticed MJ OConnor's but only online so looks/descriptions can deceive!

This would be on a Tuesday evening/night in late March if that affects the crowd/noise factor.

Any input or suggestions very welcomed!

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    teezeetoo RE: prilbert Jan 6, 2009 06:41 PM

    Try the Legal Seafood in the Pru. Might have room for a crowd if you plan ahead.

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      lowbuckbob RE: prilbert Jan 6, 2009 08:17 PM

      Summer Shack across from the Sheraton would be a good choice. Good food, relaxed. I've been to gatherings there before so I know they separate areas to accomodate groups.

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        BostonCharles RE: prilbert Jan 6, 2009 10:48 PM

        Top of the Hub might work. Might be too pricey. Charlies maybe?

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          naughtywaitress RE: prilbert Jan 7, 2009 07:59 AM

          30-40 people mingling need a private room. Even when a group of 15-20 arrive in an average bar/restaurant, it is a stretch to properly serve them when people are milling about, moving around in small groups. With a private room, you would be entitled to the expectation of the atmosphere not being too noisy. I would venture to guess that you may be able to negotiate yourselves into a higher-end place at less $$ these days, especially on a Tuesday. My advice is to ask a mid-higher priced place how much per person for a small salad/choice of pasta/and dessert. Ask about lower end wines and beer or a cash bar. I think you may be happily surprised.
          Sasso has a nice private room. I bet many restaurants will likely work with you within your budget because 30-40 people extra on a Tuesday in March is worth it to them right now.

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            prilbert RE: naughtywaitress Jan 7, 2009 08:40 AM

            Thanks for the suggestions. I will be looking into them. As far as the private room, these are going to be 30-40 individuals.... there is no "budget" or organization sponsoring this. It is a "meet up" I guess is the best way to describe it. So just people ordering off of a menu. Of course I will get a reservation or heads up to whatever place we go. It could end up being just 20 people . I will call around and see if there is a workable arrangement. Thanks for the advice.

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              LindaWhit RE: prilbert Jan 7, 2009 09:01 AM

              With that number of people, they may ask to limit the menu to 3 app, mains, and dessert choices. Getting an "off the menu" order into the kitchen for 30-40 people all at once could mean they wouldn't be able to do anything else except that one party (depending on the size of the restaurant). I don't have any working knowledge of professional restaurant kitchens; just surmising here. Perhaps someone else could chime in on that aspect - if ordering off the menu would be doable on the kitchen's part.

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                prilbert RE: LindaWhit Jan 7, 2009 11:53 AM

                The last time we did this, the orders didnt go in all at once just table by table. All at once is not required. This is very casual so it won't be orchestrated.

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                  LindaWhit RE: prilbert Jan 7, 2009 04:34 PM

                  Fair enough. It was just the first thought I had when I thought 30 people all in one party. :-)

          2. hotoynoodle RE: prilbert Jan 8, 2009 05:59 AM

            in addition to places already mentioned, easy walking distance are sibling rivalry, brasserie jo, davio's, smith & wollensky, & mccormick & schmicks's. mj's is basically a divey bar that sells food, i have no idea what it looks like on the web, though, lol.

            by all means call ahead, in this economy any place would kill for a group that size on a march tuesday. but please don't ask for 30 separate checks.

            1. BobB RE: prilbert Jan 8, 2009 07:48 AM

              Most of those places are neither casual nor inexpensive though. My first thought was Capital Grill on Newbury, they have a private room that's the right size, but it costs a small fortune (minimum tab of $3000 last time I checked).

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                sbs401 RE: BobB Jan 9, 2009 10:52 AM

                King's Bowling / Lounge might be a good bet,
                They have a private "room" with 4 bowling lanes,
                (as well as good sized lounge etc)
                given the economy and a Tuesday, they
                might be able to give you the private room a la carte

                http://www.kingsbackbay.com/

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