Nice dinner on college budget?
This is my first post to Chowhound, but I've been looking around for a few days and haven't found what I needed.
My boyfriend is taking me out for our 6-month anniversary this weekend, and I'm looking for somewhere to eat. He wanted me to choose the restaurant. We go out to Italian a lot, so I'm probably not considering the North End.
I'm looking for somewhere that has good food, a nice atmosphere. I'm not opposed to a fun, slightly loud grill type atmosphere - it definitely doesn't have to qualify as romantic. Fun, cozy, romantic... anything good for a good time. We're under 21 so don't consider wine or beer lists. We're college students, as well, so can't afford a crazy expensive restaurant, but could do middle price ranges.
Location is not an issue - Boston and its surroundings.
Can you describe you budget a little more precisely? I would probably consider "middle price ranges" to be something like entrees in the mid-20s, but at times I might also consider it to be no more than about $20.
Food-wise, ECG and ICOB would be near the top of my list if you guys like fish. You can get excellent Japanese food, both sushi and and cooked food, at good prices at Toraya in Arlington, but the atmosphere is not particularly boisterous or romantic ("humble Japanese" is more like it).
You might want to take a look at some of the French-bistro-like places. I've always had a great time at Petit Bistro Robert, which is good, but I get the sense that you can spend a few bucks more at some others and get slightly better execution.
A couple other ideas: Toro (tapas in the South end) or Ten Tables ($42 for 4 courses, $33/3 courses on specific nights).
890 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138
if you want to go cheap, go asian or latin american ethnic. my favorite asian places are golden garden, thailand cafe (sichuan), sichuan gourmet,, rod de. Also peach farm and, east ocean seafood - you have to be careful there; it can be expensive. I am not as happy about latin american restaurants; that said, i think that East Coast Grill while expensive for a student is quite good.
East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139