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Feb 23, 2009 03:56 PM

Help Me with my birthday dinner PLEASE

Hey guys
My names Brittany and my 19th birthday is coming up in March. Many birthday's past have been bad experiences for me, so this year I am determined to break the bad birthday cycle. I want to go into Boston with my boyfriend and some friends. I am looking for a restaurant to have my birthday dinner at. I like all kinds of food, although my boyfriend is allergic to seafood therefore the restaurant needs to have options for him as well. But other than that I'm not very picky. I haven't really been to any restaurants in Boston so I really need some advice. I'm looking for somewhere young and hip, like someplace different that will make my birthday memorable.
Any suggestions?
Thanks so much guys for your help in advance!

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  1. We went to Scampo in the new Libery Hotel on Charles for my birthday last week and had a blast!

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    1. re: shaebones

      Rocca, Gaslight, Pops and Stella in the South End, Sonsie in Back Bay, Eastern Standard and Petit Robert Bistro in Kenmore Sq., Beacon St. Bistro or Washington Sq. Tavern in Brookline. In Camb., Blue Room in Kendall Sq., Green St. in Central, Garden at the Cellar almost in Harvard Sq., West Side Lounge almost in Porter Sq. Those would all be fun and not too much $$.

      1. re: Joanie

        Thanks Guys I'll have to look into those.... and see

        Some people have suggested fire and ice, the melting pot, and dicks last resort, and I liked those because they all were fun and unique but I've done those before. Are there any restaurants in Boston that are like those? I like to try new and different things.

        1. re: bldevlin

          Stick with the recommendations above. The restaurants you mention are all chains, and tend to not get great reviews from people who really know food. Regardless of your tastes, they certainly would not be considered "unique" by virtue of their multiple locations. Joanie's suggestions are all a step up from those.

          1. re: Parsnipity

            I think maybe unique was the wrong word maybe. When I said unique I was referring to the fact that they all have something different. Such as fire and ice you get up and pick out raw food...At the melting pot you participate in fondue......At dicks they make fun of you....So I guess What I meant was I wanted a place a step up from the chain restaurants yes but I wanted to try to find one that also had its own flare, its own thing. I'm having trouble putting into words what I mean but I think you can get the picture. Somewhere interactive maybe?

            1. re: bldevlin

              Tangerino in Charlestown or Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge

              1. re: soxchik

                Tangerino sounds really interesting. Im having mixed feelings though because half the review sI read are wonderful, while the other half are terrible. Any one have any thoughts on Tangerino? The hookah bar sounds great.

                1. re: bldevlin

                  Don't worry - either Tangerino or Cuchi Cuchi will be MILES above Dick's Last Resort or Fire & Ice in terms of food, regardless of the mixed reviews here :-)

                  Haven't been to the hookah lounge, but they also have a belly dancer (who I think performs in both the lounge and restaurant, but other CH'ers can correct me if I'm wrong). Between the hookah and the dancer, that should fulfill the entertainment requirement. It's also technically in Charlestown, but not a far walk/cab ride to the North End for some tasty post-dinner birthday pastries.

                  1. re: chevrelove

                    I think I'm leaning towards Tangerino. Although the mystery cafe has my attention as well. Thanks for all the help people!

                    Im thinking of starting the day at the chocolate buffet at Cafe Fleuri in the Langham Hotel Boston. Then a day in Boston not sure what to do yet. Then Tangerino for hookah and dinner. Then some other entertainment in Boston.

                    If any one has more information or suggestions keep them coming your ideas are very much appreciated!

                    1. re: bldevlin

                      We have been to Tangierino many times since the hookah lounge was transported to the downstairs location - it is a lot of fun. However, on one occasion, our friend (who is 30) was denied entrance because she did not have ID - they card, and you must be 21 to get in, so this may not be an option. The upstairs does have the belly dancer however, which starts somewhere around 8:30 p.m. Have fun!

                      1. re: Small Plates

                        awe shitty. The only reason I really like the sound of the restaurant was because of the hookah bar, I've always wanted to try it. But I'm only turning 19 not 21.

                        1. re: bldevlin

                          If you're looking for really good food as opposed to mediocre food plus table-side entertainment, you're probably going to sacrifice the entertainment. Why not split up the two? Dinner at Tangerino, then cross the bridge to take in a comedy show or something.

                          1. re: chevrelove

                            Honestly, because my boyfriend and the majority of my friends are over 21 and they already give me a hard time about it. They always complain about having to go to so many places because of me So I just wanted to please everyone so there was no picking on me on my birthday.

                          2. re: bldevlin

                            I can confirm that they card (I got carded on Friday night.) The hookah lounge is great though, for the rest of you reading along this thread.

                            1. re: bldevlin

                              I think you would have some fun at Cuchi-cuchi which has a large "party table" table - it is very lively and they cater to the kind of goup you are likely to bring.

                              1. re: Northender

                                I Looked at the website for Cuchi-Cuchi and it seemed like more of a bar type place to go drink and like old fashioned flappers. The website made it seem like it was for an older crowd. I've never been so please correct me if I'm wrong. Maybe its just the website?

                                1. re: bldevlin

                                  On the contrary, I think that while the clientele is divers in age, it appears to be predominately comprised of younger folk. And as for food, it is tapas style which is the draw. I think it is a sister (brother) restaurant of Dali's in Somerville.

            2. re: Joanie

              I looked at those restaurants and heres the ones I thought looked interesting:
              Sonnie, Eastern Standard, and washington sq tavern but im still looking for something more like entertaining maybe is the word im looking for. but those restaurants all look great ill have to try them thanks!

              1. re: bldevlin

                Medieval Manor or Magic Cafe

                I've been to neither but they do have entertainment . .

                1. re: alwayscooking

                  Medieval Manor looks interesting anyone have any input? And I cant find anything on Magic Cafe do they have a website?

                  1. re: bldevlin

                    I was forced to go the Medieval Manor years ago for a work function. The food is awful and you eat with your hands. I have not heard that it got any better. Show was pretty corny.

                    1. re: pemma

                      ew alright thanks for the head up!

                    1. re: alwayscooking

                      that place sounds great. I'll def. have to try it. Any one ever been?

                    1. re: Aromatherapy

                      This is the best suggestion, so far, IMHO. A little something different, yet the food is still good, and the over-21s can get served....

                      1. re: Aromatherapy

                        I'd second that. Shabu Shabu with a bunch of friends can be a lot of fun and there's something for everyone on the menu. Kaze I think would fit the bill nicely, it's one of the more spacious Shabu joints and has several tables with double burners to accommodate larger parties.

                        1. re: Food4Thought

                          thank guys ill have to look up kaze shabu shabu...=)

                        2. re: Aromatherapy

                          This was my thought as well. Shabu Zen in Allston is huge, and also has parking out back if you are driving in. There's one i n Chinatown as well but it's smaller so you'll probably have to wait, especially if you're going to have a group of people.

                          Shabu Zen
                          80 Brighton Ave, Allston, MA

                          1. re: Chris VR

                            Hi Brittany,

                            Shabu-Shabu is good interactive birthday fun, and tasty, to boot. I had my birthday dinner there last year and had a good time. We accommodated vegetarians just fine, as well. If you go to Shabu Zen in Allston (see Chris VR's post above mine), there's a hookah lounge next door called 'Nile Lounge'. Not sure if you or your mates are into smoking hookah/shisha, but it's fun and relaxing non-alcoholic activity. Happy birthday!!

                            1. re: Prav

                              Thank you!
                              And I am def. looking into Prav/ ChrisVR suggestions. My favorite so far and the food sounded amazing.

                              1. re: bldevlin

                                Good luck, I really like Shabu Shabu- it's a lot of fun. And who doesn't like soup?! I added the webpage to the Place linked above.

                                1. re: Chris VR

                                  Thank you so much, the restaurant looks gorgeous and the menu was very diverse and the pictures made me hungry. The Shabu Zen and the Nile Lounge hookah bar next store sounds like a good night out for my birthday. And the prices there are very reasonable and affordable which is a big PLUS. Right now this is my top choice unless someone else comes up with something marvelous out of the blue.

                  2. How about Redbones BBQ in Davis Sq? It's definitely fun and festive and the 21+ can enjoy their good beers!

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                    1. re: JudyHP

                      I loves Redbones when I was that age. Boston Beerworks as well.

                      1. re: JudyHP

                        Redbones is an ok suggestion - so are the shabu places - you could also consider Korean BBQ places, like Kaya, where they have the grill right in front of you at the table -

                        But gotta be honest - you're barking up the wrong tree with this crowd - for us, the food IS the entertainment, you dig?

                        Take Eastern Standard - I am betting your friends are not going to like it all that much. You have to get a few more miles on the odometer before you can appreciate a Toronto, for example, which I had the other night - bourbon, Fernet-Branca, orange bitters, and simple syrup. For us here, a great cocktail is fun.

                        How about Match? Martinis and burgers -
                        What about Kings or Jillians?

                        1. re: Bob Dobalina

                          Oh word! I keep thinking that for a young woman who wants to have an experience and isn't scared off by places like Dick's Last Resort, this isn't the right forum. Maybe Yelp would help?

                          BUT in case Brittany is actually interested in good food with her experience, I think the shabu shabu places are really fun.

                          1. re: yumyum

                            I had picked this site to post because I wanted to try to find the best of both worlds. And although I understand this is more all about the food, I still figured you all would have the best suggestions considering other people who no nothing about good food and only know chains. In the end I rather sacrifice the entertainment, which is why I posted to here.

                            1. re: bldevlin

                              Hey enjoy the Dick's of the world while you can. When you get older and bitter-er, you will come to despise Dick's and you will begin to take solace more and more in the bottom of a bottle. LOL - ONLY KIDDING!!!

                            2. re: yumyum

                              Thanks I'm Looking into Shabu Zen, I think I would really enjoy it