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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.

              1. If you don't mind taking the T a few stops, maybe try one of the many new places in Kendall?

                Of the options, I've only been to Bondir and loved it, definitely interesting and date-night-worthy, but there are lots of other new places. Think Tank and Area IV seem to be getting pretty good reviews and the EVOO relocation is great (although not exactly new). There is also Catalyst (just opening), Abigail's, Meadhall, and possibly some other places I'm forgetting at the moment.

                1. Erbaluce. It's right around the corner, and it's one of the best places in town.

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                  Erbaluce
                  69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                  1. Well considering the weather report, looks like Market or Erbaluce are good suggestions. Bring your umbrella.

                    I recently had a dinner party for 6 at Market. The biggest standouts were the shrimp salad - really the biggest standout, and the cherry crumble dessert. Tuna tartare was also excellent. While we adored the pea pods in the crab cake dish, we found the crab cake itself lackluster. The sides of mashed and asp were small and nothing special. The jalapeno things more interesting. The chicken dish with a wonderful plate of veggies was a hit as was the striped bass which I wished I'd ordered. My scallops were ok, the rest of the plate very nice. The three steaks were good, I prefered the basic plated with some very good grilled hot peppers. Hope that gives you some ideas if you end up across the street.

                    %100 on the shrimp salad and the cherry crumble

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                    Erbaluce
                    69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

                    1. BTW, not really food-related, but you do know about the new policy Wilco is trying out in an effort to squelch scalpers, right? You might want to tell your server that you are not planning on dawdling. I think it could take some time to get in the Wang.

                      ATTENTION BOSTON FANS: As part of Wilco’s effort to discourage scalping and keep tickets affordable, there is a strict 4-ticket limit per person. Multiple purchases are forbidden and violation of this policy will result in the buyer forfeiting ALL purchased tickets. All tickets will be WILL CALL ONLY and name changes will not be permitted. When arriving at the venue, simply show the credit card you used for purchase along with photo ID. When you receive your tickets, you must immediately enter the venue. No exit and re-entry from venue is permitted. Will Call opens at 6:00pm on show day and we encourage fans to arrive early to avoid delays entering the venue. Thanks for your cooperation & we’re looking forward to a great show.

                        1. Thanks so much, hounds. We did end up at Market and had a *pretty good* dinner. I felt that they were playing it a bit safe with the menu, on the whole. I suppose maybe that's to be expected given the hotel location and J-G empire. We shared the salmon tartar appetizer and fried calamari. Good fry job on the calamari, both nicely seasoned. I had ordered a rib eye and had specifically asked the server how their medium rare would be cooked, since I always have a hard time deciding whether to order rare or med rare. He told me it would be cold red center, so I went for med rare. When it came out warm and pink throughout, the hostess had asked how it was and assured me that the kitchen must have messed up and would re-do it, which they did. Personally, I think it sat under a heat lamp since it came out simultaneously with the clearing of the apps. Still, it was a bit of a bummer sitting watching my husband eat. He had the lamb T bone, which was delicious and the medium rare on that was perfectly as described. We shared a panna cotta dessert with lychee and red wine sorbet. The panna cotta was okay- it seemed to be sort of missing a certain richness I expect.

                          Overall, a good meal and warm friendly service but not anything I'd be rushing back for. Had I read the later recs on this thread, I think we would have hit Erbaluce instead. It's on my list for the next date night in, oh, 2014 or so.

                          For those Wilco fans out there, we did arrive at the Wang right at 8 and really had no wait at all to pick up our tickets at will-call. The band didn't even go on til 9:15 after 45 mins of messing with the equipment after the opening act, which kind of annoyed me. And what was up with the strobe light and all the spot lights on the audience? Don't they know people don't like bright lights being shined in their eyes repeatedly? Aw, I sound like an old fogey. But seriously. Lay off the strobe, Tweedy.

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                          Erbaluce
                          69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                          1. re: Parsnipity

                            I've had a few good experiences at Market before shows, and sorry yours was a bummer.
                            We had dinner at Erbaluce before the show and really enjoyed it.
                            I wasn't crazy about the strobes and lighting either but the they really rocked.

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                            Erbaluce
                            69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116