Pre Black Tie Event Dinner
I am going to a black tie event this Friday night and was hoping to get ideas for restaurants in Back Bay, South End or Beacon Hill where we can go before the event and not feel out of place in our formal attire. That being said, I'd like it to be somewhere that entrees are $30 and under. Thanks!
I don't think the fact that you're wearing a tux should impact your dining decision, except perhaps for avoiding things that are particularly messy.
Yeah, it's not really a "dressing for dinner" kind of town. I'd venture to say it's not really a "dressing for dinner" kind of country anymore. Nobody but Locke-Ober really enforces a dress code, and most local guys barely bother to put on a sport coat for "jacket suggested" places. Your bigger problem might be people coming up to you thinking you're the maitre'd.
I'm with Blumie: I wouldn't choose a place based on the formality of the crowd, either. But I guess if you really want to be around a more dressed-up crowd, your best bets are the luxury-hotel dining rooms. (On the other hand, I've been to the new L'Espalier to find a big chunk of the crowd wearing designer hoodies.)