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Jul 12, 2010 08:55 AM

Where to go for an engagement dinner?

Hello fellow chowhounds,

I have recently gotten engaged, and my fiance's parents would like to take us out for a nice dinner (quality of food above all else) to celebrate the occasion. I was thinking No. 9 Park, L'Espalier, or Clio, but I wanted your input to help make this evening unforgettable. Where would you go if you could dine anywhere in Boston for a special meal?

Please help!

774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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  1. l'espalier has lost some of its appeal for me since changing locations and no. 9 for me is never the grand slam it should be at that price point. one dish is always a miss.

    clio remains top-notch.

    any thoughts on your end for menton or o ya?

    congratulations to you!

    3 Replies
    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Thank you! I was afraid of exactly what you mention for l'espalier and No 9 Park. At this point, I am open to any and all suggestions. I just want the food to be unbelievable.

      No 9 Park
      9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108

      1. re: Snomad

        If I could eat anywhere in Boston my choice would definitely come down to Menton and O-ya and it would be a REALLY tough call. I think the deciding factor for me would be the parents. My parents would feel more comfortable at Menton which is a more traditional, yet extremely special, dining experience. I would worry that my Dad would complain that he was hungry after leaving O-ya (but he is a little old school). So if it were me, I'd probably go to Menton, but maybe your future in-laws are a little hipper than my parents :-)

        354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

        1. re: MParente

          I'd have to agreet with MP. I do love L'Espalier and No. 9 Park, but my most memorable meal to date has been at O Ya. I went there this past year for our anniversary dinner and am still dreaming about it since.

          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

          O Ya
          9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

    2. Have you considered Craigie on Main? In my opinion, some of the best food in the area. Although I haven't been to any of the ones you were considering except L'espalier before they moved.

      Craigie on Main
      853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139