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Help me choose a wedding brunch venue

cassis May 26, 2011 09:36 AM

My son and future DIL are getting married on New Year's Day and I would like to hold a family reunion brunch the day after the wedding. Most of the 35-40 guests are from Japan, France and Brooklyn, and will be staying around Copley Square. It will be cold, and we will be tired from all the partying the night before.

The bride is hoping for neighborhoody feel (as in Brooklyn) and the son cares most about the food. After many communications with about 12 establishments, I've narrowed it down to
Vlora (only lunch items on Monday and a little dark), Sel de la Terre (brunchy lunch items but kind of corporate slick) and Gaslight, (brunch menu because it's a buyout).

If you have never planned this type of event, you may not realize that you pay more p/p for a more restrictive menu, so the experience is not the same as it is ordinarily.

Which place has the best atmosphere and best food at that general price point, and am I overlooking a gem? Thanks!

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Vlora
545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199

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    Blumie RE: cassis May 26, 2011 02:32 PM

    Easy: Mistral. The Salon Room is beautiful (even if it doesn't evoke Brooklyn), the food is great, the service is outstanding, and the price ($30 p/p) is not absurd.

    Edited to add: just reread your post and realized you're looking at doing it on a Monday. Not sure that's gonna work, but it's worth a call.

    1. opinionatedchef RE: cassis May 26, 2011 09:52 PM

      Try Sonsie. Handsome comfortable room, colorful, happening, euro-set popular; great service and broad menu of excellent food. Chef/owner Bill Poirier is a talented guy.

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      Sonsie - Boston
      327 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02115

      1. C. Hamster RE: cassis May 26, 2011 09:59 PM

        I'd totally rule out Vlora.

        Food and service are just so-so.

        Plus their viability is seriously in question, so i wouldn't give them money upfront.

        Did you consider Brasserie Jo?

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        Vlora
        545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Brasserie Jo
        120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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