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mystee52000 Jul 23, 2010 02:01 PM

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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    Pegmeister Jul 23, 2010 03:59 PM

    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
      cambridgedoctpr Jul 23, 2010 06:30 PM

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

      1. re: cambridgedoctpr
        hcbk0702 Jul 23, 2010 07:30 PM

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

        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. re: hcbk0702
          mystee52000 Jul 24, 2010 02:47 PM

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

    2. ecwashere7 Jul 23, 2010 03:41 PM

      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
        pollystyrene Jul 25, 2010 02:14 AM

        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

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