Dining outside / Cambridge
- yumyum Jul 29, 2009 08:48 AM
If you had to choose between these three choices for a date, which would you choose?
Looking for lively crowd, nice atmosphere, good eats.
Hate to throw a wrench in the works, but how about Central Kitchen (they had outdoor dining last year...is it still there)? Maybe eating on Mass Ave is not the best venue for a civilized date, but at least there is good strolling afterwards and people watching for the duration if it goes badly (I hope it rocks!).
Another wrench - Om. The outdoor seating looks really fun, either out front or towards the back.
I haven't seen the outdoor tables yet this year, but I haven't seen the sun much, either. I sat out there last summer, and despite the CK's best efforts, with the plants etc., there you are with the liquor store friends and the occasional waft of sewer smell that says "Central Square".
I think they might have given that up, but I think the wine director there posts here and can probably say. That said, the seats by the open windows in CK are awesome. And I think is better than the three options laid out in the original post.
I would also add Caffe La Luna, down Mass Ave at the corner of Columbia. They have outdoor seating, a small but nice menu & wine, and is right on the new plaza.
I think that Henrietta's table has too much of a family vibe to be a good date place.
With the caveat that the food is just OK, nothing special the patio at Daedalus is really a nice space- outdoors and urban, but nicely separated from the traffic. The lively bar makes it social, but the tables are more tranquil. Probably a long wait though and I don't know what the reservation policy is.
Thanks for all the replies. Temple Bar was the right call -- very bustling and busy, we sat at the bar with the open windows behind us.
Unfortunately both the date and the risotto were overhyped. I'll leave the date out of it, but I was sorely disappointed in the risotto after both Slim and Striper recommended it highly. Scelfo was there, and walking the dining room. The rice was a stiff clump, not nearly loose enough (it should almost ripple like waves on the ocean). Flavor nice but texture all wrong. I might have mentioned it to Michael had I not been trying to finish things up quickly. Heh.
On a positive note, both the tuna tartare and the berry bread pudding were delicious. So, there was a savory start, a sweet ending, but no real joy in between. I think that sums up the evening perfectly.