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lunch for a small crowd - FRIDAY - Harvard Square

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I work here, and I'm STILL drawing a blank!

Anyone have brilliant ideas for lunch for 15-20 in Harvard Square this coming Friday? Our usual venue, Casablanca, has yet to confirm if they can take us. In case they can't, what might be my backups? Harvest, Upstairs too expensive/formal. Henrietta's, well, kind of corporate.

Wagamama is a possibility but I can't stand sitting on those benches for very long, and this needs to be a convivial affair. Shabu-ype of meal is too balkanzing for this crowd. Has to be out - our strange culture means no catering in the building, but we can spend it at a restaurant.

Sandrine - is that in the same price range as CasaB? What ethnic goodness am I missing?

thanks

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Wagamama
1 Faneuil Hall Sq, Boston, MA 02109

Sandrine's
8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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  1. Russell House Tavern

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    Russell House Tavern
    14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

    1. The Red House and they have several private rooms.

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      The Red House Restaurant
      98 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

      1. The Red House doesn't get a lot of love on this board, but I've had some really nice meals there, and I for one don't think you can go wrong with Russell House Tavern. The only thing about Russell House is their menu is somewhat limited. I've only had drinks at Daedalus but thought that might be an option. Maybe someone else will post their thoughts.

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        The Red House Restaurant
        98 Winthrop Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

        Russell House Tavern
        14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

        3 Replies
        1. re: Pegmeister

          I do not eat Indian buffets though there are several in harvard square including Tamarind Bay and the Bombay Club; the price if not the quality is good.. Oggi has pizza.

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          Tamarind Bay
          75 Winthrop St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Bombay Club
          1 Faneuil Hall Market Pl, Boston, MA 02109

          1. re: cambridgedoctpr

            Maybe that Vietnamese place in the Garage could work?

          2. re: Pegmeister

            I think Daedalus might work - the food is solid, not spectacular, but the upstairs section is nice, especially if you can book the whole space for your group. I like Russell House Tavern as well.

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            Russell House Tavern
            14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

          3. Grafton St.?