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40th birthday, 6 friends, where?

RollingDoughnuts Jan 8, 2009 07:18 AM

A friend is having a 40th birthday and will have 5 long-time friends in from out of town to celebrate.

Without breaking the bank, where should they go?
Requirements: maybe sort of upscale, perhaps colorful, not too noisy but not churchy, good food and wine, or perhaps something FUN and less upscale but still very good

My first thoughts:
-Mama Maria's
-Bistro 5 (Medford)
-Flora (Arlington)

but that's only a blink of a start

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  1. rlh RE: RollingDoughnuts Jan 8, 2009 07:20 AM

    Eastern Standard, Green Street, maybe Cuchi Cuchi (can be crowded and loud, however) or Tapeo

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      Blumie RE: RollingDoughnuts Jan 8, 2009 08:47 AM

      There are some great places on your list, but I don't put them in the "fun" category. For fun, I vote East Coast Grill and lots of alcohol.

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        RollingDoughnuts RE: Blumie Jan 8, 2009 09:11 AM

        Yeah, I'm sort of split on the idea -- you're right, East Coast Grill and plenty to drink can be great fun, but maybe they'd go for the nice food, nice wine thing and then go somewhere else (?) for more fun.
        Any other suggestions along the ECG/fun line of thinking?

      2. Karl S RE: RollingDoughnuts Jan 8, 2009 09:09 AM

        Union Bar & Grill

        1. Joanie RE: RollingDoughnuts Jan 8, 2009 09:13 AM

          What does break the bank really man to you? Mama Maria is pretty pricey. A little more fun and in the same range (IMO) is Prezza in the north end. I agree with eastern Standard and Green St. altho those seem a little like a random b-day # and not the big 4-0. In the same vein somewhat, the Blue Room is kinda fun. I think Bistro 5 is really good and if you're in that area, a nice place but it has no scene. Davio's might work.

          1. RoseWethersfield RE: RollingDoughnuts Jan 8, 2009 09:27 AM

            Hungry Mother could be fun. Craigie Street's new location now perfectly lends itself to pre-dinner cocktails. Marliave (sp?) could be more on the special side (downtown, dinner upstairs with outstanding cocktails downstairs).

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              pollystyrene RE: RollingDoughnuts Jan 8, 2009 05:01 PM

              From your original list, I like Hamersley's. I agree that the others are more romantic or quieter, but I've found Hamersley's to be bustling and lively, and I think it's special enough for a big birthday.

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                nightsky RE: RollingDoughnuts Jan 8, 2009 08:14 PM

                Pop's in the South End seems to fit all your reqs. Make sure to get a table toward the back though, especially this time of year. Drafts can be annoying if you're near the front.

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