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Jul 23, 2010 02:01 PM

Spending a night in Boston and...

we would welcome any suggestions for a bar to have a nice glass of wine and a smaller,romantic restaurant for dinner in the North End. We have the whole night so would love to try a few places. My partner and I are staying in downtown Boston next weekend and I would LOVE to surprise her with a nice night out! Love red wine, music and great food but dont like touristy (is this a word??) places. Dont care about the cost! Thanks so much for your time!

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  1. If you don't like touristy, avoid the North End. The quality of food (with very few exceptions: Prezza and Taranta are a couple) is definitely not where it should be. With hordes of tourists going in and out of their restaurants each night, the restaurants in the NE don't really put out a product that is very good because it doesn't need to be. If you want Italian, I'd recommend Erbaluce in Bay Village or Via Matta near the Park Plaza.

    24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

    Via Matta
    79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    1. re: ecwashere7

      While the North End is a popular tourist destination (and with good reason given all its charm), there are some truly great restaurants there. For small and romantic, I'd recommend Marco. Mamma Maria is also excellent and romantic. It's larger, but comprised of five rooms in a townhouse, ranging from medium-sized to one table. Skip dessert and stroll to Cafe Vittoria for coffee and cannoli afterward.

      Mamma Maria Restaurant
      3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

    2. IMHO Prezza is the best restaurant in the North End, but I'm not sure it has the intimate atmosphere that I think you're looking for. I would suggest Grotto for dinner and a stroll to the North End afterwards for something sweet. Another option might be 75 Chestnut (off of Charles). It has a great neighborhood feel, good food and relaxed. If wine is the most important thing on your agenda then you can't go wrong with Troquet.

      24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

      75 Chestnut
      75 Chestnut Street, Boston, MA 02114

      140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: Pegmeister

        if wine is important, then i wonder if there is another place in the country as good as troquet.

        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          Veritas is definitely better, but Troquet is one my favorites in Boston.

          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

          1. re: hcbk0702

            Thanks so much for your ideas!! Im checking out the menus now! ;o)