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Hi,

I live in Concord, but would be happy to travel to Portsmouth, Manchester, Nashua or places in between to celebrate my 50th birthday in a couple of weeks with a buddy of mine. Any suggestions? Am looking for yummy comfort-type food, a good lemon drop martini, and a festive atmosphere! :)

Thoughts I've had:

Cotton in Manchester (haven't been there since the early 2000's, so no idea what it's like now)

MT's Local Kitchen & Wine Bar in Nashua (never been)

Green Monkey or Black Trumpet in Portsmouth

Open to suggestions!

Thanks!

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Green Monkey
86 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

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  1. MT's, is that Michael Timothys? I've heard it's terrific. Also consider Stella Blu, the "American Tapas" place in Nashua.

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    Michael Timothy's
    212 Main St., Nashua, NH 03060

    Stella Blu
    70 E Pearl St, Nashua, NH 03060

    1. Matt Provencher (formerly of Richard's Bistro) is opening Delux in a couple of weeks and the food should be excellent. 36 Lowell St Manchester. The menu at Cotton is exactly the same as it was the last time you were there. We had a fantastic meal at Mombo in Portsmouth last month. Surf is the seafood outpost of Michael Timothy's--there's one in Nashua and a new one in Portsmouth. Often overlooked but quite nice is the Hanover Street Chophouse in Manchester for great martinis, oysters and steak.

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      Richard's Bistro
      36 Lowell St Ste 1, Manchester, NH 03101

      Hanover Street Chophouse
      149 Hanover St Ste 100, Manchester, NH 03101

      1. I had my 50th celebration at Granite in Concord and loved it. We had a room with a big table that sat maybe 16 (+/-). I remember fabulous food, fabulous drinks (but was a few years ago). My favs have been mentioned but on my list to try (since many are talking greatness) - XO and Mint Bistro in Manchester.

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        Mint Bistro
        Manchester, NH, Manchester, NH

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        1. re: lexpatti

          Mint has a great sushi bar.

        2. I guess depends on your definition of comfort food. In Concord I personally go to Sunny's Table for special occasions, but they have a slightly Asian flair in many dishes on the menu (Korean, Indian) and a good wine list (the current Malbec is great). It was a little too spicy for my 60ish mother there. They are only open Wed-Sat during fall now too.

          (besides the places you mentioned which I agree would be good choices)
          If you are thinking steak, seafood, a little bit fancy preparation and martinis then Granite Restaurant would be good. It's a good special occasion atmosphere. I know they have martinis, but I just checked online and they don't list any special martinis except on their dessert menu. They do have an extensive wine list, with some good wines available by the glass. They won't rush you out either.
          Dinner menu at Granite
          http://www.graniterestaurant.com/docs...

          Have you ever been to The Library in Portsmouth? It is a good special occasion place, nice manly dark wood library atmosphere, a very traditional steak house with good quality preparation. Nothing nouveau, very classic. Their lounge bar area is Old English Style Pub decor. You would enjoy their almost 100 different specialty martinis.
          http://www.libraryrestaurant.com/dinn...
          http://www.libraryrestaurant.com/loun...

          Enjoy your 50th celebration!

          1. If you're looking at Portsmouth, I would suggest Mambo, Ristorante Massimo, Wellington Room, Brazo (sister restaurant of the Green Monkey) as well as the two you had listed. All are fantastic and can give you specifics about each if needed.

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            Ristorante Massimo
            59 Penhallow Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

            Green Monkey
            86 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

            1. Thank you all for the wonderful suggestions!! I decided to make reservations at Hanover Street Chophouse for Saturday night -- it still being restaurant week and all. Very much looking forward to it!!!

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              Hanover Street Chophouse
              149 Hanover St Ste 100, Manchester, NH 03101