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Nov 22, 2010 05:55 AM

Dinner and Brunch with group including infant in December

Hi all - hoping you can help with some ideas. We're from NYC and will be in Boston with a bunch of out of towners the weekend before Christmas (18/19th). There will be 9 of us ranging in age from 24-54 plus a 6 month old and we need a place to have dinner Saturday night and brunch Sunday morning. We're staying at the Four Seasons and Ritz Boston Common, so anything relatively near either of those is welcome (we already tried for a reservation at Scampo, but they couldn't seat us), but Sunday brunch could also be near the Fleet Center (or whatever its called now-when I lived there it was the Fleet Center) because we'll be going to the Celtics game.

215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

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  1. Someone mentioned Towne and Post 390 to me - any thoughts about either of those?

    1. What kind of food do you like/want and what is the budget?

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      1. re: BBHound

        Most of us like everything, but there is one relatively picky eater. So, I would guess that New American, Italian, or Asian (including sushi if there are some non raw items) would probably work best. As for budget, for dinner, I would prefer not to have entrees in the $40+ range, but up to that is ok. For brunch, maybe about $30-$40pp?

      2. Having done some searches of other threads, it seems like sel de la terra, eastern standard, blue room, and oleana all come up as ideas - any thoughts on whether brunch or dinner at any of these places?

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        1. re: ascm_nyc

          Oleana doesn't do brunch. You definitely need reservations for a Sat. night there (or any night unless you walk in at 5:30). It is in Cambridge, not a long cab ride at all. Search "blue room brunch". There was a recent thread about how the brunch has really gone down hill (it's a large buffet). Also in Cambridge

          134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

          1. re: Madrid

            Oh, a buffet brunch won't father's wife hates them. So, I definitely need to find a place with a la carte menus. Thanks for the heads up-guess blue room is out.

          2. re: ascm_nyc

            I will Grammercy's recs of Mistral and Bristol at 4S, they are spot on for the infant. I would absolutely avoid Oleana, the tables and space are quite cramped, making it difficult to situate an infant.

            You might want to consider Towne Stove as well. They have been accommodating to bringing an infant, and the space is large enough for your overall group. In general the higher end places are going to be much more flexible and comfortable on the early side on a weekend night.

          3. Very close to your hotels are Via Matta (Italian) and Bistro du Midi (French/good seafood), both would be easy destinations for dinner and places that I definitely enjoy. Sel De La Terre is good, but I would put it one rung below my previous two recs. Also a short walk away is Hammersly's Bistro, which is a popular/delicious spot, but in the wrong direction from your hotels on game day. One brunch option that is on the way to the Garden from your hotels that would take a reservation (I think) is Beacon Hill Bistro.

            Beacon Hill Bistro
            25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

            Via Matta
            79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

            Sel De La Terre
            776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

            Bistro du Midi
            272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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            1. re: redelephant

              I like the sound of Hammersly's for dinner and Beacon Hill Bistro for brunch. Really terrific food and just the sort of place I like to be when it's cold outside and there's snow on the ground.

              Beacon Hill Bistro
              25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

            2. Hi - I have an infant too so now have a good sense of where you can get good food and be welcomed at same time...for brunch Mistral is great and very welcoming to babies. It is loud enough that no one cares. For dinner, I'd suggest (the new) Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore -- not sure if you'd still be able to get a reservation at this point but they have high chairs and it's also loud and quite good. Post 390 is fine but nothing special imo, but they are very welcoming to babies. I haven't been to Towne yet, but not sure it's a baby place. The Four Seasons is SO welcoming to kids/babies so you should go down to the Bristol and atleast have a snack/drink. Have fun!

              Post 390
              406 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116