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Clio or Pigalle for Thanksgiving?

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Weather Nov 12, 2009 03:37 AM

Visiting Boston for the first time for Thanksgiving. I've got dinner res at both Clio and Pigalle. Which should I keep? I don't have to have turkey for dinner, and great food/nice setting is more important than price or cuisine. Any other restaurant I should consider for a great Thanksgiving day dinner?

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Pigalle
75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

  1. Joanie Nov 12, 2009 04:09 AM

    I'm gonna give one of those unhelpful answers. For a holiday that to me is all about the option of lots of comfort food, I can't imagine going to Clio with their big plates of tiny amounts of precious food. Not a huge fan of Pigalle, but they're certainly both nice setting. I never go out for Tgiving, so can't offer an alternative. Henrietta's Table would be my first thought.

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    Pigalle
    75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

    Henrietta's Table
    One Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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    1. re: Joanie
      hotoynoodle Nov 12, 2009 07:21 AM

      clio does an abbreviated menu for thanksgiving which includes a traditional dish of turkey plus all the trimmings and it's a huge amount of food. they used to offer seconds if you wanted also.

      i had drinks one thanksgiving at henrietta's table and the place was a damn zoo. no thank you.

      1. re: Joanie
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        suzysue2 Nov 22, 2009 01:16 PM

        This is the one meal of the year that Ken heaps the big plates full of a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner and you can have seconds if you want, no cranberry foam or squash powder to be found.

      2. t
        Taralli Nov 12, 2009 04:49 AM

        Sel De La Terre on the waterfront: http://www.seldelaterre.com/events/upcoming-events_boston_state_st.shtml

        http://www.seldelaterre.com/events/Th...

        1. barleywino Nov 12, 2009 06:29 AM

          between the two, i would pick Clio...you might want to call them to find out whether they are replacing their regular menu with a Thanksgiving turkey dinner that day or not

          1. opinionatedchef Nov 12, 2009 07:18 AM

            Clio for the most innovative(and some of the most expensive) food in boston. It is 1/2 block from one of our most beautiful experiences, the Champs Elysees-inspired Commonwealth(Comm.) Ave. from Massachusetts(Mass.) Ave. down 8 blocks to the Public Garden. A park runs down the center of the ave., which is lined w/ handsome 19th c. mansions. It would make for a lovely post-dinner walk and you could veer one parallel block over- to Newbury Street- for window shopping at art galleries and fashionable stores.

            Sel de la Terre is next to the harbor/waterfront, Quincy Market, and the North End, all historic and beautiful places to walk as well.

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            1. re: opinionatedchef
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              MParente Nov 12, 2009 11:58 AM

              I would do PIgalle. I've always had lovely experience there (food and service) AND they give you thanksgiving leftovers which is a huge selling point for me (for thanksgiving anyways).

            2. opinionatedchef Nov 28, 2009 08:28 PM

              weather, plse tell us about your choice and your experiences there.

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              1. re: opinionatedchef
                w
                Weather Nov 30, 2009 05:23 AM

                We ended up going to Pigalle. To be honest, we were disappointed. We both had the pumpkin tortellini with duck confit for the main course: the tortellini were undercooked on one side and mushy on the other. I was picking little bones out of the confit. The molten chocolate cake was served at room temp--had clearly been prepared in advance and left to sit. The setting was nice; the service ok, but it really seemed like the "A" team had the night off from the kitchen. The tab for two came to $190, so there was no way we were going to spring for leftovers ($17 additional), even if we'd had someplace to store them.

                On the plus side, we had great meals at Hamersley's Bistro, Neptune Oyster and O Ya, all of which more than made up for a lackluster Thanksgiving dinner.

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                Pigalle
                75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

                1. re: Weather
                  justbeingpolite Nov 30, 2009 06:29 AM

                  Wow! sounds like you did some good eating while you were here.
                  It would be tough for Pigalle to keep up with that competition.

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