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May 11, 2009 02:43 PM

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!

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.)

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        The "being mistaken for the maitre'd" due to a tux has actually happened to me. I thought it was pretty funny, although it made me rethink the whole classic black tie look.

      2. I think the Bristol Lounge would work, most entrees are $25-30. Sel de la Terre in the Mandarin. Maybe appetizers at Troquet, Moo or KO Prime.

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        1. re: Joanie

          Thanks, Joanie. Those are great ideas. I was thinking the Bubby Bar event at the bar at Aujourd'hui could be worth stoping by before dinner so those will all be convenient.

        2. We've sat at the bar at Hamersley's with diners who were dressed in formal attire. We've often seen it in their dining room. They seemed comfortable.

          I also think the forks at Bina would make you feel comfortable.

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          1. re: BostonZest

            And a fine tine would be had by all.

            1. re: BostonZest

              Okay so I'll make that folks. It has been a loooooong week and it's only Tuesday.