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First Anniversary Dinner Location---in from out of town

HotCookingMama Jun 9, 2011 07:48 AM

I am surprising my husband for our first anniversary with a trip to Boston to see the Red Sox (he grew up there and has been a lifelong fan) and enjoy the city. I would love recommendations for both our anniversary dinner (special, unique location) and for other "can't miss" eateries to hit during our Friday-Monday trip. We are both adventuresome in our food tastes. Proximity to our hotel is a plus (we're staying at the W), but not a requirement.

Cheers, and thanks to all!

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  1. Delhiwala RE: HotCookingMama Jun 9, 2011 02:26 PM

    The W Hotel is right in the Theater District, so you are close to the MBTA and lots of interesting places.
    In order to get useful help from this board, you will need to provide a little more information. For example, what kind of food do you want or do not want? What kind of budget are you on? What is your idea of a special dinner?

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      HotCookingMama RE: Delhiwala Jun 9, 2011 03:29 PM

      Of restaurants I have been looking at so far, Mistral, Meritage, and Sorrelina look like promising candidates, but I am open to recommendations. We are most interested in contemporary, beautiful, tasty food.

      I do not have a specific pricepoint in mind, and I would like an intimate, warm, and welcoming restaurant (a concern with Mistral, to be honest, though the food sounds amazing). Degustation or tasting menus are welcome, but not a requirement.

      I apologize that this is so open ended; however, I have not been to Boston since I was a child, and my culinary horizons have expanded significantly since then. In addition, we will need recommendations for brunch/lunch/bar activities, as well, so it's hard to narrow down to one specific thing that we are looking for.


      Meritage Restaurant
      70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

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        MRS RE: HotCookingMama Jun 9, 2011 03:48 PM

        I have never been SO bowled over by Sorrelina-although everything is fine there. It's just fine to me. Never strikes me as amazing. We have had amazing dinners at Pigalle( which is right near where you are staying). I love its' romantic feel and the food was top-notch!

        75 Charles Street South, Boston, MA 02116

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          HotCookingMama RE: MRS Jun 9, 2011 04:37 PM

          Thanks! We'll have to check it out. I appreciate the rec!

    2. Beachowolfe RE: HotCookingMama Jun 9, 2011 06:22 PM

      Take a look at Troquet

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        HotCookingMama RE: Beachowolfe Jun 9, 2011 06:32 PM

        Many thanks. Looks amazeballs. What do you like best about the food/atmosphere?

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          Beachowolfe RE: HotCookingMama Jun 10, 2011 07:34 AM

          They have an excellent wine list w/ very reasonably priced bottles and 2oz pours if you'd like to try a variety.

          It's been a while since i've gone upstairs for dinner but I remember the roast suckling pig being deliciuos and the service being great. You can see out onto the common from the dining room upstairs as well.

      2. MC Slim JB RE: HotCookingMama Jun 9, 2011 08:13 PM

        How much do you want to spend on your occasion dinner and the other meals?


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          HotCookingMama RE: MC Slim JB Jun 9, 2011 08:38 PM

          Without being sure of the price structure in Boston, it's hard to say. I'd be willing to drop
          $150-ish for a nice dinner for two. Everything else is open.

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            LeoLioness RE: HotCookingMama Jun 10, 2011 05:45 AM

            Is that figure inclusive of tax/tip/drinks?

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              HotCookingMama RE: LeoLioness Jun 13, 2011 09:55 AM

              Yes to drinks, but no to tax/tip.

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          momoftwo RE: HotCookingMama Jun 10, 2011 03:39 AM

          Since you haven't been here since childhood, I would suggest a drink at the top of the hub or 60 state street, do it a dusk if you can so you see the city, then the city lights. I would not suggest eating at either of these places, go for a drink and the view

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            BostonZest RE: momoftwo Jun 10, 2011 04:37 AM

            I thought 60 State street was a private room used only for events? Did I miss a change? Is it open to the public again?


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              momoftwo RE: BostonZest Jun 10, 2011 06:52 AM

              you're probably right, sorry

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            pemma RE: HotCookingMama Jun 10, 2011 06:29 AM

            Maybe, not worthy of your anniversary dinner, but for one of the others, right in your hotel, the Market restaurant is very good. It's contemporary, food is good, service excellent,, prices not crazy.

            You know, Hammersley's Bistro has been a classic for years, but you may want to take a look at it. Really can't go wrong there.

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              phonelady RE: HotCookingMama Jun 10, 2011 07:16 AM

              I would include Erbaluce on this list.

              69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                Beachowolfe RE: phonelady Jun 11, 2011 11:36 AM

                IMO the atmosphere at Erbaluce doesn't fit an anniversary dinner.

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                  teezeetoo RE: Beachowolfe Jun 13, 2011 04:47 PM

                  Erbaluce does, however, fit a "can't miss dinner" option for a night other than anniversary. It's unique and subtle. You might also enjoy Bistrot du Midi and I think you can eat at either of these comfortably in the 150.00 for two range. Troquet and Menton are likely to come in higher. Best to look at menus on line to get a feel for prices and range. And I'm still a big fan of L'Espalier's Monday night wine dinner if you're going to be here on a Monday for dinner.

                  774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                  140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

                  69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                  354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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                    HotCookingMama RE: teezeetoo Jun 13, 2011 05:47 PM

                    Thanks for the additional insight. Unfortunately, we leave Monday afternoon.

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