I don't want my bday dinner to be a bust. I've eaten almost everywhere...Need new ideas.
Save me from divorce! The problem: My husband and I share a birthday. He wants to go to Craigie on Main. I love it there, but I've been a few times and want to try someplace new. (Hey, it's my birthday too!) He wants "New American" and has suggested spots like Radius or No 9 Park. I want something more obscure, ethnic, startling. I want North End. He won't park there. Sigh...
To give you some idea of places I've enjoyed in the past, I'll list:
Island Creek Oyster Bar
MET Back Bay
Helmond (Afghan - amazing)
La la Rokh
Trina's Starlite (though I wouldn't want to dine there for a special evening out)
the aforementioned Craigie
East by Northeast
Bistro du Midi
Tu Y Yo
I'm kind of "eh" on Journeyman and Deuxave, though the latter might work.
At this point, I'd be willing to go to Tasty Burger.
I want offal. I want brains. I want spice. I want exotic. Help.
We cannot afford O Ya or Menton.
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111
No 9 Park
9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Petit Robert Bistro
468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA 02215
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Island Creek Oysters
296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332
253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118
East by Northeast
1128 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
1301 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
Oleana? Ethnic, yet not so exotic as to turn off someone craving new American.
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Have you considered Bergamot? Special enough to feel bday wo rthy. He can get pretty standard fare and you can jazz it up with a dish of the day.
Did you consider the new Bondir, on Broadway between Central and Inman Squares? Jason Bond was very good at the Beacon Hill Bistro. There are a number of unusual ingredients on the menu. It definitely classifies as New American and people say it is quite cozy, with a fireplace. I haven't been but am excited to try it.
279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
Take a drive down to Providence.. hit Gracies.. or head over to Eastie and try some food from our southern latitudes. I had several tasty meals on the other end of the Sumner/Callahan tunnels.
Green Street in Central is always fun, maybe not a big "birthday special dinner" place but a good menu..and that French/Japanese place out in Lincoln got some decent press for a while, though I never tried it.
There is always the ultimate in foodie experiences: Wrights Chicken Farm in Harrisville, RI. No brains, but lots of chicken..
Or screw the birthday dinner.. do birthday breakfast, so you can sample the other end of the dining chronology..