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Casual w/ excellent wine list?

MahiMahiFish Feb 17, 2009 08:28 AM

Hello Boston -
I'm entertaining a couple of chefs in Boston on Friday March 13th, total group is 4 people. They are interested in a restaurant with a great wine list, casual (maybe trendy) & fun atmosphere. They love the "comfort food" or bistro menu, often avoiding anything too out there. They like the South End, simply because of the absence of chains, neighborhood feel, etc.. Would any other area qualify? If it helps, we are staying at the Liberty Hotel for 4 days.
I have some starting suggestions, would love your feedback or other ideas!
Toro Boston
Craigie on Main (Cambridge might be too far?)

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    bostonbelle RE: MahiMahiFish Feb 17, 2009 12:28 PM

    How about Bin 26 Enoteca? It's on Charles St, very close to your hotel and offers a casual atmosphere, good food, and a stellar wine list, including many great options by the glass.

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      Delhiwala RE: bostonbelle Feb 17, 2009 01:40 PM

      I totally agree with Bostonbelle - you should go to Bin 26 Enoteca.

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        SpicyTea RE: Delhiwala Feb 17, 2009 05:43 PM

        A 3rd opinion -- Bin 26 Enoteca sounds like a perfect fit. I love that place.

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          fmcoxe6188 RE: SpicyTea Feb 18, 2009 10:36 AM

          4th! I saw the title -hadnt even read what you were asking for and immediately thought of Bin :-)

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      Bostonbob3 RE: MahiMahiFish Feb 17, 2009 12:38 PM


      Not the South End, but meets all of your other requirements.

      1. digga RE: MahiMahiFish Feb 17, 2009 07:09 PM

        If you check out Google Maps, you will find that Craigie on Main is right over the Longfellow Bridge from the Liberty (a short subway ride to Central Sq or an equally short cab ride). Central Sq is a fun 'hood - Central Kitchen, Cuchi Cuchi, Rendezvous, River Gods, Middlesex Lounge, and Green Street Grill can all be found within easy walking distance.

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          MahiMahiFish RE: MahiMahiFish Feb 18, 2009 08:16 AM

          3 rec's has to be a winner. Bin 26 Enoteca it is, thanks to all who helped.
          Digga -
          Thanks for the summary of the area with Craigie, I'm adding this to my list of areas to explore...nice to know it's close!

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