Boss in town - Where should we take him?
My boss will be in town from NYC on Thursday for meetings, and is looking forward to dinner in Boston. We've set the bar high on previous visits, so he can't wait to see where we choose to take him.... I am buckling under the pressure! Please help :)
Here are the parameters:
- Upscale, contemporary atmosphere (modern but warm); appearance definitely counts.
- Must have salmon on the menu. It doesn't matter where we take him, that's what he'll order.
- Have gone to Neptune Oyster, Prezza, Pigalle, Sibling Rivalry, & Meritage in the past.
- Mid-range price wise. Should have options on both the low end and high end scale. It will be expensed, but we can't take advantage.
- 6 total in the party, with tastes ranging from adventurous to a preference for chain restaurants.
- Biggest hits have been Houston's/Hillstone/whatever you'd like to call it these days (it's his favorite lunch spot in Boston), and Scampo, which was the hands down winner for both atmosphere & menu. He still raves about it.
- Eastern Standard
- Met Back Bay
Would love to hear votes among the three on my list, or other recommendations!
Thanks in advance for the help!
The best salmon I ever had was at a cooking class/demonstration at Radius. I attended with my mom, sister and SIL and we still talk about the salmon three years later. In fact, my SIL did not eat fish before the class and now eats it because the salmon was that good. The only drawback is that it might be on the high end of the price range. Michael Schlow (the exec chef at Radius) also is the exec chef at Radius and at Tico so those are probably also worth checking out.
Bistro du Midi is a beautiful space/atmosphere... I'd second that for consideration.
I like Met Back Bay and think the space is beautiful but I wouldn't put the menu in the same category as Scampo. Although if Houston's was also a hit, I'd definitely consider it.
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
222 Berkeley St, Boston, MA 02116
I think Island Creek Oyster Bar would fit the bill. It has a comfortable vibe but still feels upscale. There are some great options on the menu, but no guarantee of salmon since the menu changes pretty regularly.
My other suggestion would be Via Matta. The only knock on it, in my book, is that the room can be a little loud. It has a similar vibe to ICOB (comfortable and upscale) with very tasty Italian.
One of my go-to itineraries for friends in town is to make a stop at Eastern Standard for pre-dinner cocktails and then head over to Island Creek for dinner.
528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116
Island Creek Oysters
296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332
For clarity, this is the correct link to Island Creek Oyster Bar, Kenmore Square:
Chowhound automatically points to the Duxbury restaurant for some reason.
ICOB is modern and comfortable, but I would not call it particularly warm. If he liked Neptune Oyster but thought it was too cramped, this would be a good choice.
Good point. It's definitely more of a preference than a requirement. He avoids red meat, but would probably do just fine with other options. Salmon seems to be the go-to entree.
Haven't made it across the river yet, and it's a great idea (we love to show off the city of Boston in addition to the food). Thanks so much for the suggestions.... looking them both up now!
Oleana is a genuine and rare dining experience....it is a very cozy and warm place, and the menu, wine list, ingredients, etc., are all very unique and of the highest quality. I've been dining here since Ana opened over 10 years ago, and have seen her rise to super chef stardom...
It isn't "chichi" per se, like a downtown L'Espalier type place, but it is still high-end looking...
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Oleana is a very, very special place if those ingredients and that kind of food appeals to you. Ana Sortun is the opposite of a flashy famous star chef; she is deeply serious and her food is deeply nuanced and complex. I would go there once a week if I could afford it and could get child care. The mezze menu is full of healthy, intriguing choices and while she offers red meat, lamb in particular, it is very far from dominant.
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139