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Hi Boston Chowhounds,
This board is full of information, and it is kind of overwhelming, so I am breaking down and asking for your help!
My husband and I are coming to Boston for the first time next week, Wednesday through Sunday. We will be there (technically) for a conference, staying at the Marriott Copley place, but plan to have lots of free time to see the city and eat and drink!
I am interested in going to a few good restaurants that are reasonably priced ($200 or so for a meal with a bottle of wine--a little more or less is fine). We really like to sit at the bar as well--so suggestions of places with good "small plates" or appetizers would be great. We will not have a car, but don't necessarily want to be restricted to the neighborhood where we're staying. we'll take cabs, etc. We love italian and french food, and would love to eat what the locals eat--seafood, etc. We are from Norfolk VA. So far, I have considered Mistral, Prezza, Neptune Oyster, and Craigie on Main...and drinks at Drink. Aquitaine, Troquet, and Mamma Maria also look good. Any suggestions to narrow this down? Thank you!

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    1. I think you'll really like Neptune Oyster and Craigie, but add Toro and Eastern Standard to your list too, especially if you like to sit at the bar. Bin 26 would be nice for wine and a snack too.

      1. You'll be right across the street from Mistral's sister restaurant, Sorellina, which has a wonderfully elegant bar and great (if pricey) food.

        1. Since you love Italian and French I would recommend:

          L'Esplaier (New England-French)
          No. 9 Park (Italian-French)
          Troquet with Wine Pairing (French)

          For Small Plates/eating at the bar I can second Toro and Neptune Oyster and Drink for the best cocktail craft in the city.

          Another restaurant I would fully recommend is Bina Osteria in the Ritz Carlton. It is currently one of my favorite places to eat in the city, I have yet to have a bad meal there.

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          L'Espalier
          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

          Neptune Oyster
          63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

          No 9 Park
          9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108

          Toro
          1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

          Troquet
          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

          Drink
          348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

          Bina Osteria
          581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

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          1. re: Matt H

            You can also couple a visit to Drink (where you WILL have some of the best cocktails you've EVER had - personal fav bartenders are Misty and Josie) with Sportello upstairs for casual, but quite upscale and delicious Italian in a stylized lunch counter setup - recommend calling ahead for reservations as it's pretty small. The service and food has been great on all four on my recent visits there! This combo is so worth a relatively quick cab ride to South Boston!

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