I'm meeting some old friends in the Back Bay area for lunch in May. We need a place with great food and a quiet atmosphere so we can sit and talk a while. We'd like just about any kind of food except Steak House. Any suggestions?
La Voile on Newbury St would be perfect if you go on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Their patio is sunk down off of Newbury so it is a little bit more quiet than other places and the food is fantastic. My favorite french in Boston.
You've got some great suggestions already, but if you're looking for something more modest, I like Pho Basil on Mass Ave near the Berklee School, a nice-looking, roomy Vietnamese/Thai place with beer/wine.
I work in Back Bay and our go-to spot is Coda on Columbus Ave at the corner of Dartmouth. Limited menu but most of the stuff is pretty good and reasonably priced. If you go after the main lunch rush, like 1ish , you could sit and chat to your hearts content.