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SUChow Jul 21, 2011 02:52 PM

My fiancée has recently graduated from his surgical fellowship. After 4 years of med school, 5 years of residency and 1 year of fellowship we are both overjoyed that he is finally finished with his training and able to start his career. I would like to take him out for a celebratory dinner...something really memorable to help us mark this next chapter of our lives. What I am looking for is really the whole picture...delicious food, courteous and attentive service that's a step up from our typical Friday date night. We are both adventurous eaters and really do not have a price limit. So far I am deciding between Menton, L'Espalier, O Ya, and Craigie on Main. Thanks!

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L'Espalier
774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

O Ya
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

Menton
354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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  1. chefematician RE: SUChow Jul 21, 2011 03:49 PM

    I've only been to L'Espalier and Craigie on Main from that list, and of the two, I'd recommend Craigie on Main. About a month ago I did the tasting menu there and I loved every minute of it. (I'm still kicking myself for not writing a detailed review here but...) Your meal will definitely include some offal, but if you are adventurous eaters and you're into that then I think you'll really enjoy it. What kind of restaurants do you enjoy on a regular basis? Are you dead set on eating at one of those four restaurants or are you open to other suggestions?

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    L'Espalier
    774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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      Madrid RE: SUChow Jul 21, 2011 04:14 PM

      hey, as someone who knows more about medical training than I'd like to by far, congratulations to him for getting through it and even more to you for getting through it!

      a very sophisticated recent physician visitor uhockey recently wrote detailled, very astute reviews of all those on your list but Menton. Search for uhockey...he has links to his blog where he also includes photos.

      And I'd suggest a really nice hotel or luxury B&B for afterwards!

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      Menton
      354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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        kimfair1 RE: Madrid Jul 22, 2011 06:03 AM

        uhockey's reviews are extensive and excellent, but he came at a poor time for Craigie on Main (graduation time), and his review reflects it. I've been to all four on your list, and they are all some of the best places in town. My least favorite on the liost is L'Espalier, I've not eaten at the new place, but though the service was impeccable, the food I had on two different occasions, while very, very good, never had the wow factor that I've experienced at the other places. Menton was great, best service I've ever had in Boston, and expensive. Somewhere in the $500 per couple expensive. O Ya is somewhere close to over that amount, but excellent, Cragie, while expensive is the cheapest of the four. Any of them would be a great celebratory meal. I'd go 1. Craigie 2. Menton 3. O Ya 4. L'Espalier.

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        L'Espalier
        774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

        O Ya
        9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111

        Craigie on Main
        853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

        Menton
        354 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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