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If I like Gaslight and Eastern Standard....

eLizard Sep 7, 2009 09:45 AM

where else will I like? I'm looking for a restaurant to take my dh for his birthday next Sunday.... He is not in the mood for Clio/Radius/Meritage. Either side of the river is fine. Thanks!

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    pollystyrene Sep 7, 2009 09:16 PM

    Maybe Hamersley's or Sel de la Terre.

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      Carty Sep 8, 2009 03:08 AM

      Hey, this is fun but that one was too easy. How about: "If I like O Ya and Speed's ..."

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        Gabatta Sep 8, 2009 04:42 AM


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          phipsi102 Sep 8, 2009 09:47 AM

          That's genius.

      2. hotoynoodle Sep 8, 2009 06:18 AM

        the gaslight group also owns union and aquitaine.

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          litchick Sep 10, 2009 12:53 PM

          And Metropolis.

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            hotoynoodle Sep 10, 2009 01:59 PM

            which is so tiny as to be almost besides the point.

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              litchick Sep 10, 2009 03:45 PM

              Well, it's not huge, but it's a nice place with good food and romantic atmosphere -- and not hard to get a table. It's on opentable. The OP is looking for a bday spot for her and her husband -- it's not like she's looking to accommodate a 15 person party or anything. I have often quite enjoyed Metropolis for such occasions.

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                hotoynoodle Sep 10, 2009 06:24 PM

                wasn't trying to be negative as to quality, but it's a far different vibe from the places mentioned by the op, which both have capacities of over 200.

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                  litchick Sep 12, 2009 12:51 PM

                  Ah, very true.

        2. Small Plates Sep 8, 2009 09:01 AM

          Petit Robert (Kenmore or South End), Sandrines (Harvard Square), LaVoile (Newbury Street) and even Miel (at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Boston Waterfront) may appeal.

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            CreativeFoodie42 Sep 8, 2009 10:48 AM

            I'd have to second Petit Robert in the South End. I think the place is way more quiet than either Gaslight or Eastern Standard and with better food. However, Eastern Standard definitely has better cocktails than Petit Robert.

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              lisa13 Sep 8, 2009 12:38 PM

              third petit robert - food is great and the atmosphere is romantic.

            2. MC Slim JB Sep 8, 2009 09:57 AM

              Bistro/brasserie-ish food: Pierrot, Petit Robert, Beacon Hill Bistro, Les Zygomates, Brasserie Jo, Sandrine's.

              ESK-level cocktails: Drink, No. 9, Green Street, Craigie on Main.


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                hotoynoodle Sep 8, 2009 10:15 AM

                i was very disappointed in my last few visits to sandrine's.

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                  rlove Sep 8, 2009 11:00 AM

                  I concur, hotoynoodle--I've been a couple of times over the last 18 months and while no visit was bad, none were very good.

                  I'm not crazy about any of the recommendations in this thread, actually, except MC Slim's always spot-on cocktail recs.

                  My recommendation would be La Voile, although it is a Provencal, not Parisian, brasserie. For a birthday, it would be a great choice, too.

                  Of course, we don't know what eLizard likes about ESK and Gaslight. If it is the scene, not bistro-style food per se, I'd lean toward Les Zygomates, with perhaps Mistral as a slightly different (and more costly) alternative.

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                BackBayGirl Sep 8, 2009 04:16 PM

                I would fifth, sixth...ah I lost count...Petit Robert in the S. End. Very good food, reasonably priced, nice atmosphere. Union in the S. End is owned by the folks who own Gaslight and is wonderful. The cornbread is to die for!

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                  Lucymax Sep 11, 2009 02:33 PM

                  Don't bother with Sandrines. I have crossed it off my list as a result of TWO very bad meals (on different dates).

                2. eLizard Sep 14, 2009 08:40 AM

                  thanks for everyone's suggestions. we went to petit robert. and unfortunately it was pretty hit and miss. but it was a lovely night to eat outside. mussels and pates were delicious. the pate portions were obscene. a lobster bisque was a bit one dimensionally bland with a sweet bitter undertaste. and it was the only underseasoned dish. the mussels, scallops, and steak frites were aggressively salted. the scallops almost too much so. the steak part of the steak frites was good. big portion, cooked well, poivre sauce on the side. poive was good, but not very poivre-y.....the frites....tasted of old oil, and they were all short stubby botton of the fry basket fries. scallops were cut in half horizontally and had bits of shell and were super salty. But they were cooked well. mashed potatoes were delicious. started with a dirty roqufort martini. the shaker provided almost 2 more martinis after the initial pour. grand marnier souffle with chocolate sauce was delicious. service was very nice but very scattered. at the outset of the meal when we inquired about the souffle, the server asked us to remind him to fire it when our entrees arrived because he always forgets. had to ask for a knife several times, and at least twice another table's order was offered to us....

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