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Nov 6, 2010 02:32 AM

UES Mayor needs your help Boston fine dining rec!

Haven't been there for couple years and visiting this week Thurs-Sun. Need your best rec for outstanding meal/ambience in Boston-prefer easy commute within vicinity of the Pru. Will be group of about 5 adults who seek over the top delicious food in an enviroment that is not chaotic but nevertheless fun! I have an extremely fine palate-not to be confused with a snob personality and want to be WOWED!! Please share your recs for an unforgettable eve -this is for this Thurs Nov 11th. Thanks!!!

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  1. where did you eat last time you were in Boston and what did you think?

    1. Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore square. Right now they are hitting all the right notes. We have had a lot of new places open in your target area. This one is the gem of the bunch.


      Island Creek Oyster Bar
      500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

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      1. re: BostonZest

        Will be doing Island Creek Saturday eve-thanks-keep sending recs! appreciate it!

      2. For reference, here's a post from UES Mayor /April 6, 2010 that lists the board''s recs.

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          1. re: beetlebug

            Dearest beetlebug-i could have dug up past queries as well-but want your current thoughts!! I am sure place change so lets get current recs-not past relics. Thought there might be something fab that trendy but at the same time good eats for yours truly!! I'll forgive you this time.

            1. re: UES Mayor

              I think it would be totally fun if you set up a chowdown at Angela's for some wonderful mexican.

          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            Thanks cambrigedoctpr-I think I want suggestion of more upscale plces-esp if they have huge bars where I can have pre dinner cocktails. Will have 90 year old grandma in tow so want dining space to be elegant as well.

            1. re: UES Mayor

              another generic list:


              Striper's list contained some upscale places such as Oleana; a chow favorite that has not lived up to its reputation in my mind. But if Food Dabbler and Striper both like it; I should give it another chance.

              1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                wow, you're easily influenced cd if someone else's palate can trump your own experience.

                1. re: cambridgedoctpr

                  I *love* Oleana. I always say this and no, I don't know Ana Sortun personally. I have known her food from Casablanca and years ago 8 Holyoke and before that, a restaurant in Concord whose name escapes me.And I love her cookbook, Spice. It is an Eastern Med flavor profile and if that doesn't match your palate, it won't be special for you. You will be able to tell right away b/c if you don't want to try most of the mezze, you won't be impressed.

                  There is not a large bar and they have only a beer, wine, and cordial license and it is in Cambridge. In better weather, the patio garden seating is magical and special.

                  In season the vegetables are from her husband's farm and it looks like she is using up the last of the harvest now.

                  134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

                2. re: UES Mayor

                  Those of you have been to Towne...does it fit? I haven't been so can't say but I remember others saying it can get crowded and noisy. Does Erbaluce fit?

                  69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                  1. re: Madrid

                    Originally planned to go there but reviews on CH and other blogs made us cancel.

                  2. re: UES Mayor

                    imo, Clio or Oya is gong to be the only real WOW for you. anything else is going to be really good, but these two are the WOW spots.

                3. Sorellina is in Copley Square. It is a very dramatic beautiful restaurant with excellent food and service. Whenever we have visitors from other countries or states we go there and everyone is impressed. Good bar too. This fits your request to a T. There is also the Oak Room in the Copley Plaza hotel - I have not been there in ages but people seem to like it and it is very nice. Good luck and enjoy your visit.

                  Oak Room
                  138 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

                  1 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116

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                  1. re: emilief

                    did it , done it-both great suggestions but wanted something different. Narrowed down to Menton-thoughts?