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No reservations? No problem!

owen_meany Aug 17, 2009 06:44 PM

Hubby and I rarely go to dinner at places that don't take reservations and have a wait because a) neither of us likes that kind of waiting and b) we're paying a babysitter while we're sitting around twiddling our thumbs! We're in that time of year, however, where the city clears out, people go out to eat much later, etc., so some key spots open up.

We've got a few weeks left to hit these spots! Where would you suggest? The ECG springs to mind...others?

TIA, Sara

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    jajjguy RE: owen_meany Aug 17, 2009 07:20 PM

    Neptune springs to mind, but I don't think they are empty even in this dead season.
    Trattoria Toscana for sure.
    Bar-oriented places, if you like that. The bar at Craigie is wonderful, a very different experience than dining at a table. Drink (not for food, just the namesake). The Druid. MIracle of Science. The bar at Chez Henri.

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      pollystyrene RE: jajjguy Aug 17, 2009 07:43 PM

      Good suggestions. I think you can make reservations for the bar at Craigie, though. I'd add Toro, where you can make reservations only during RW, and Garden at the Cellar.

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        lmnopm RE: pollystyrene Aug 22, 2009 04:32 PM

        What is typical and/or acceptable attire for Craigie?

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          Parsnipity RE: lmnopm Aug 22, 2009 08:24 PM

          Really anything you'd wear out to dinner anywhere else. It's not particularly fancy, and I've seen people there in jeans, although I would say the majority would be in khakis or slacks.

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            barleywino RE: lmnopm Aug 23, 2009 05:44 AM

            if you choose the bar, dress lightly, the air conditioning is unreliable there (and go early, as in, when they open, if you don't like waiting)

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        sushifest RE: owen_meany Aug 24, 2009 07:54 AM

        Toro in South End, Giacomo's in North End

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          Gabatta RE: sushifest Aug 24, 2009 08:17 AM

          Giacomo's in the SE takes reservations, is equal in quality and superior in service to the NE location IMO. Therefore I can't see a reason ever to wait in line at the NE location. Yesterday afternoon there was a line 30 feet out the door for Giacomo's NE at 5:30p. Also, we put our name in at Neptune at about 5:15p and were called back by 6:00p.

          It has been easier to get in most places in general for about a year now from my experience.

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            lipoff RE: sushifest Aug 26, 2009 03:09 AM

            I love Toro, but that is not a place to go if you don't want to wait.

          2. Chris VR RE: owen_meany Aug 25, 2009 01:33 PM

            I totally know what you mean. On date night, we like to head to Silvertone, especially if we can get there before 6pm. Even spending some time drinking cocktails in the bar area doesn't feel like "that" kind of waiting.

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