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Need a $$ dinner rec for this Sun.

Joanie Oct 6, 2009 05:30 AM

I'm owed a big time dinner and can't figure out where to go. I'm thinking L'Espalier or Mistral. Since I haven't been to Mistral in many years, their unchanging menu would be fine for me. I was at L'Esp about a year ago and it was really nice. Just went to Mooo which had been on my list. Haven't been to Grill 23 in a while, that might work. Sensing? Anything I'm forgetting? Should be in the Bos/Camb/Newton area. This is on someone else's dime who's owes me like three b-day/Xmas dinners. Too bad I can't take much advantage of the booze aspect of things. Thanks.

  1. MC Slim JB Oct 6, 2009 05:39 AM

    L'Espalier (get the Chef's Tasting Journey) or O Ya (omakase with a few real-Wagyu items) for a break-the-bank meal.

    Not quite up there but still plenty expensive: Uni, Clio, No. 9, Locke-Ober, Sorellina, Rialto. Lots of other expensive places, but I can't recommend them.


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    1. re: MC Slim JB
      Parsnipity Oct 6, 2009 08:50 AM

      I would second these recs, pretty much in the same order as MC Slim, but if you haven't been to O Ya and you've been to L'Espalier recently I'd go with O Ya. Don't think of it as a sushi or sashimi experience, if that would bias you away from it. It's really a cross-cultural tastebud experience. You could also consider Craigie- their tasting menus are pretty pricey. By the way, I think you're looking for at least $$$$!

      1. re: Parsnipity
        Joanie Oct 6, 2009 10:17 AM

        Is that really true for O-Ya? Cuz I don't die for sushi the way most people do here. I'm tempted to take Hotoy's rec of Prezza cuz I've only eaten a full dinner there a couple times and love it. Possibly return to No. 9 but need to check on Sun. hours. No love for Sensing? I need to look at some menus.

        1. re: Joanie
          justbeingpolite Oct 6, 2009 10:22 AM

          It kind of is true. If you do the omakase each bite is different, some raw, some torched, some cooked, each with a different flavor profile (to coin a phrase). If you haven't done it once, you should. Particularly on someone else's dime.

      2. re: MC Slim JB
        HostessCakes Oct 7, 2009 01:00 PM

        I second O Ya. With good alcohol, it'd run you about $300/person. Sounds like three birthday/Christmas dinners to me ... and the food is worth it.

        Wouldn't bother with Clio. Disappointed.

      3. BobB Oct 6, 2009 08:02 AM

        I'd add Troquet to that list. Great food, impeccable service, pricey but worth it. I had some lamb bacon there a couple of months ago that still haunts my dreams.

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          arsonisfun Oct 6, 2009 08:39 AM

          My vote would be -

          Any of Barbra Lynch/Ken Orringer's restaurants,
          L'espalier, Oceanaire, or Mistral

          As for steak places ... Grill 23 is pretty low on my list to be honest. I'd pick either KO Prime, Ruth's Chris, or Mortons over it any day of the week (in that order)

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          1. re: arsonisfun
            justbeingpolite Oct 6, 2009 08:44 AM

            How about dinner at Scampo and then a night in the Liberty Hotel?

          2. hotoynoodle Oct 6, 2009 08:45 AM

            mistral is a yawn for me, but you could do very well at hammersley's or prezza. not as spendy as l'espalier or o ya, but both consistent hits when i go.

            or go to a steakhouse and order the shellfish extravagnaza and a 5-pound lobster if you just wanna wreck your friend's wallet, lol.

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