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Marliave, Mantra, or Stoddard's? A pre-Theatre dilemna

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well ok, I put Kennedy's midtown on that list too, but only because I have a restaurant.com cert ;)

I'm taking my friend from Maine out for a night in the city tonite, but I can't decide which restaurant to go to. I've been to Marliave many times, and do adore it...but I also wouldn't mind trying a few new things :)

So I'm taking a general poll! Which would you go to? Speed, likely crowding, proximity to the Opera house, and keeping the meal from getting insanely expensive are all considerations :)

I do have another restaurant.com cert for Mantra, but I'm not even sure they'd take it during Restaurant week.

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Marliave
10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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  1. Stoddard's is good, but very small. If you can arrive early, you should be OK. Mantra will probably honor the GC, just not on the RW menu (call and ask). for someone like me who usually doesnt order dessert, it would even out to go ala carte.

    do you have enough time to do the RW at Pigalle? theyve got a sizeable menu (up to 10 choices vs the normal 3) and its definitely a "value" place for RW.

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    Pigalle
    75 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

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    1. re: 5thAndNowhere

      Teatro is always a good pre-Opera House bet.

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      Teatro
      177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

      1. re: justbeingpolite

        I second Teatro, and it doesn't look like they're doing Restaurant Week so they might not be too busy.

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        Teatro
        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

    2. Traditional Chinatown: Taiwan Cafe, Peach Farm, Kaze, Best Little, New Shanghai, Dumpling Cafe, Xinh Xinh.

      More upscale: Bina Osteria (though I haven't tried the new chef's food), Market by Jean-Georges, Troquet.

      Mid-priced and solid: Petit Robert Central, Silvertone (great deals on wine, too), Marliave (love what they've done in the second-floor bar/cafe by installing booths).

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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      Peach Farm
      4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

      New Shanghai Restaurant
      21 Hudson St, Boston, MA 02111

      Xinh Xinh
      7 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

      Troquet
      140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Kaze
      41 Essex St, Boston, MA 02111

      Silvertone
      69 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

      Marliave
      10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

      Bina Osteria
      581 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

      Market by Jean-Georges
      100 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

      1. hmm...I think I've narrowed down to Marliave or Teatro...safe but known delicious, or try something new?

        ack, decisions!!!

        I did seriously consider Pigalle, but decided that I'd rather go somewhere we could get cheaper, snackier eats and some cocktails rather than a full restaurant week menu...dont want to be full and sleepy for the show! LOL

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        Pigalle
        75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

        Marliave
        10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

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        1. re: myladyfae

          If you are having trouble deciding, I'll cast my vote for Marliave.

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          Marliave
          10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

          1. So just for the update, after my friend was a good hour late getting into the city (LOL I didnt factor time to get lost into the equation!) We ended up going to the closest place to where I finally found her...which turned out to be Stoddard's.

            Stoddard's is nice, but I have to admit...seemed rather unremarkable. The drinks are tasty, but on the smaller side. The apps (we got the fondue, lobster hush puppies, and the charcuterie) were equally kind of...dissapointing. The pretzels in the fondue were good, but the veggie selection for it a little odd. The hushpuppies were nice and moist, but couldnt taste much of the lobster. And the charcuterie was, except for a smoked duck breast, remarkably dissapointing. The pate in particular was...painfully bland.

            Lesson learned: Next time, I follow people's recommendation's on this board and my gut instincts instead of my frozen nose's desire to get indoors!!! :D