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steakhouse recco for young b-day, please

Our young carnivore is entereing the world double digits, and we'd like to celebrate by taking him to a steakhouse of a slightly higher order than Frank's (not that Frank's is bad, but one only turns 10 once). Any reccos for not over-the-top formal but still fine steak joints in the Boston area? What's a couple of steps below the Oak Room, for example?

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

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  1. Flemings is my favorite out of all the chains. Otherwise, Grill 23.

    Grill 23 & Bar
    161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

    1. This sounds like a call for the Stockyard in Brighton, the most old-school of the local steakhouses. Not formal, just sort of neighborhood cozy, and pretty decent steaks for the price.

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      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

        I think Stockyard would be a good choice too. They have great prime rib. But I find everything else other than their red meat disappointing.

        1. re: makonna

          I think the Stockyard is fine, but not above the level of Franks. Bigger, though.

        2. re: Jenny Ondioline

          I've for gawd knows what reason had Stockyard on the brainpan for the past few weeks. Haven't been there in years ! Maybe I'm pining for the Ponderosas of my youth. Glad to hear it's still pretty good for this kind of thang.

        3. I know that Smith and Wollensky gets a lot of flack on this board, but the steaks are pretty good. And the location would be a lot of fun for a 10 year old: it's in a fake castle/ ex-armoury with lots of historic flags etc. However, it's not that inexpensive...if that is an issue.

          Grill23 is not suitable in my opinion -- the place is full of suits and it's very loud not in a good way.


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          1. re: trueblu

            tb is right re Grill 23. I mis-read and thought it was for a 21st bday.

            Grill 23 & Bar
            161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

            1. re: trueblu

              I, too, agree w/S&W. If you have time, scout out the various rooms & pick the one that's the most over the top for him; otherwise, I think the Stockyard would be fine.

              1. Wouldn't one of the Brazilian churrascarias be a good choice? Midwest Grill or some sort?

                Midwest Grill
                1124 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                1. How about this for your young man, Ruth's Chris is running a 3 course dinner for $39.95, pretty good price for a pretty good steak.

                  1. Thanks, Hounds, I knew this was the place to ask. Churrascaria - interesting idea, hadn't thought of that. The S&W proposal is great, the location might be just the ticket there.

                    1. Want to report that S&W was the place of choice, and a fine choice it was. From the gallon-sized Shirley Temple for the birthday boy (similarly sized Manhattan for Mom), to the enormous shrimp, sirloin, and birthday candle'd dessert, this was an excellent spot for a celebration. Steaks all around were excellent, cooked just as we like them, the rare side of medium-rare. A side dish ordering error on my part was corrected graciously with nary a charge. (Which is good because this is indeed breathtakingly expensive.) The setting is fun, we were invited to tour around before dining. And a word to the staff resulted in many good wishes for my now-10-year-old, but nothing so dorky as singing waiters. Thanks for the recco!