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Big date night sans baby- catch me up to Boston 2011!

Hounds-
We've procured a babysitter and tickets to a concert on Tuesday at the Wang. I've missed all of 2011 (and let's be honest- much of 2010...). What's new and interesting and likely to be able to seat us for dinner Tuesday around 6:30 in Boston? Ideally, we'd like to park once so near the Theater district is a plus. Price range- we'd like to keep it at or under $100 for two, not including drinks or tip. Cuisine- we're flexible. Probably not Asian or Italian, anything else goes.
Thanks much!

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  1. congrats on your new baby. that area caveat of one time parking- limits you a bit, given what i've seen on CH comments.The nearby Troquet is a fav of some CHs. Pigalle seems to have rcvd more neg comments, and complaints about over pricing.If you want more options, you might want to consider a short cab ride.

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    Troquet
    140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Thanks! We're happy to take the T a few stops or cab it. I'm looking for something that's newish that I have not tried yet.

      1. re: Parsnipity

        for cab, what about island creek oyster bar or erbaluce (special No. ital/piedmontese) or Blue Inc. (Jason Santos, inventive) on the Greenway in boston; or drive to oleana in camb (easy parking) and then to the common underground for concert.

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          oooh. i LOVE the island creek rec. this is definitely new (within the last year), so so good, and just a cool place in general to grab drinks & dinner. you could park near the theatre and then cab it back and forth. great spot!

          1. re: twentyoystahs

            i love icob sooo very much, but have never gotten out of there for under $50 pp. more like $75, and that's not a splurge dinner. it's a zip on the t, from boylston to kenmore, rather than struggling with prime-time cab traffic.

      2. re: opinionatedchef

        check average at troquet and pigalle is considerably higher than $50 pp.

      3. I know you said probably not Italian, but last summer we had a very nice meal at Teatro in the Theatre District. We just shared several of their small plates and desserts.

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        Teatro
        177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

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        1. re: onrushpam

          I suggest you park in the public garage just beyond the Wang, on the left. Rates are relatively inexpensive.for a several-hour park. From there it's a short walk to the Wang. In the immediate vicinity is Teatro, our usual pick before an evening show. It can't be beat for pre-theater dining considering that food, sophisticated/upbeat ambiance and service are solid; and they are used to accommocating theater-goers. Another place that never disappoints is Marliave for lunch, brunch or dinner. http://www.marliave.com/menus/dinner.php. Marliave bows toward French but does a little of everying, and we've never had a dish we didn't like. A Mrs. Marliave (croque madame) and a glass of wine before a matinee at Wang is one of my favorite things to do.

          Lori

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          Teatro
          177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

          Marliave
          10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

          1. re: rosiebcook

            I didn't suggest Teatro because of the no Italian OP. However it is one of our faves. I haven't been to Marliaves in quite awhile, but I must say, they opened in the worst of times with a highend concept and adapted not only with people that were hoping for the redsauce place but with the economy. They bended and adjusted, and the fact that they haven't failed is amazing. The rarebits would make the OP feel pregnant again, and the last time, the rissotto was truly inspired. Kudos for them, considering everything they were up against and still not tanking.

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            Teatro
            177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

            Marliave
            10 Bosworth Street, Boston, MA 02108

        2. Bistro Du Midi if you havent tried it yet.

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          1. re: Matt H

            Aw, I got all excited and called to reserve but they're closed for a private party that night. Next time... thanks for the rec, though.

            1. re: Parsnipity

              I love Teatro, but it's not new and is Italian. It's totally near the Wang though.
              Market is a pretty good choice. I've only been once but I really liked it, and it seems to get good feedback from 'hounds (tho' haven't seen that much lately)

              Another thought is Coppa, in the south end, which is walkable to the Wang (maybe 15 minutes right up Tremont) Also Italian, but lots of small plates, w a focus on charcuterie (if that's your thing, and if not, there's a ton of other great stuff too, especially pastas) It is always packed (esp if it's nice outside, there's a patio) but I believe you can now make reservations, which is a plus.

              Another thought in the same area is Myers & Chang. Has it's admirers and detractors but I think it's a fun place with good, inventive food. Asian (and i know that wasn't necessarily what you are looking for) but asian with a twist, so probably unlike any other chinese/japanese/pan asian spot you are thinking of.

              Bistro Du Midi is a place you'll want to remember for another time. We've had great meals at the bar there; service is always great and food is consistently good.

              I can try and think of a few other possibilities if these don't work. Can totally relate to a night out alone (sans kid) ;)

              Enjoy!

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              Teatro
              177 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111

              Tremont Cafe
              418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116

              Coppa
              253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

          2. Hello fellow Wilco fan! Won't you be casually dressed? Anyway, last time we were at the Wang, we ended up at Intermission Cafe, which was fine but not date night material. But it's really close to the Wang. Otherwise, not new, but how about Market in the W?

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            1. re: digga

              Oh, I think the same jeans and nice shirt can work for Jeff Tweedy as well as a moderately nice dinner! Looks like we may end up at Market. Bondir is closed Tuesdays (who's ever heard of that?), and everyone else is booked.

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              Bondir
              279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139

            2. not new, but montien is a short walk from the wang. ask for the separate thai menu. great food, great prices.

              penang, malaysian, also quite nearby.