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Oct 12, 2011 03:10 PM

Looking for a few Boston spots to grab a quick single course at the bar, for an anniversary night out.

I'll be taking my lovely wife out for our anniversary and thought that instead of a single restaurant, we would spend the evening getting small plates or single courses at a few different places.

I was thinking that the bar at No. 9 park is always great, and I like the bar at Pomodoro in Brookline village. But what else would you suggest?

Here is the deal:

We eat everything so anything goes cuisine wise.

Boston, Brookline, Cambridge Somerville are all fine.

It's a Tuesday night.

We really don't want to waste time waiting, so anything trendy and mobbed like Craigie On Main is out.

I know I mentioned some fancier/ more expensive places but anything goes!

Thanks for any input you can offer!

24 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

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  1. i like Rialto; i think that Clio might be a possibility; what about Rendezvous? All with very good food.

    i like Rod Dee though it is hardly romantic; Thailand Cafe has good food but is dreary.

    2 Replies
    1. re: cambridgedoctpr

      Rod Dee would be fun--not romantic, but it's clean and colorful and the staff is super-nice. You could start at Posto, head to Rod Dee, then make your way down Beacon Street to Bergamot, Dali, and oysters at East Coast Grill. Not sure how crowded the bars are at these places on Tuesdays, but it could make for a fun evening of good food.

      East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
      1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      415 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143

      118 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143

      Pizzeria Posto
      187 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

      1906 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

      1. re: emannths

        there are lots of places that have oysters for 1.00; you can look up the various threads if that seems interesting. i know that i like ot get a couple dozen and share them.

    2. course one Via Matta crunchy eggplant, some wine and the house bread and basil oil.

      course two Scampo clams and pasta

      Via Matta
      79 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116

      1. Coppa sounds perfect.

        253 Shawmut Ave, Boston, MA 02118

        1. In the North End, the bar at Prezza would be fun and probably not too crazy on a Tuesday night. Most of their menu items are perfect for sharing. The bar at Monica's Vinoteca is fun and their homemade pasta dishes ar very good.

          Also, Carmen has a small bar and it is a smaller and more romantic location - not a full bar though, but plenty of wine selections.

          24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

          4 Replies
          1. re: Northender

            Rialto, Rendezvous and Gargoyle all have great bar choices.

            1. re: teezeetoo

              Remember, Gargoyles is closed..right? I haven't been keeping up. The bar at Rendezvous is great for eating - it's low, as if you were seated at a table and the service is attentive.

              B and I just had some nice bites at the bar at Central Kitchen tonight - caprese salad that was definitely not boring, grilled haloumi with Korean-esque parsley salad, and grilled octopus. All were delicious. Guess we were in a Greek frame of mind this evening!

              1. re: digga

                They're open again this weekend (Oct 14 / 15) for bar food and cocktails.

            2. re: Northender

              +1 for the bar at Prezza, also Lucca has a great bar.

              24 Fleet St., Boston, MA 02113

              Lucca Restaurant
              226 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113

            3. My husband and I like to do this approach- My favorite times have been in Harvard sq, because then we can walk to all the locations. On our most recent, I believe we hit Casablanca, Henrietta's table and I forget the third...Other options include Harvest, Rialto, Russell House (for the fried poached egg), Cambridge 1 and further afield Tavern at the cellar.

              I think you could do a really fun progressive down Main St in Cambridge these days- Starting at Rendezvous, hitting Cragie on Main if it's not too crowded, Salts (although I don't recall if they have a bar per se) Area 4 and Catalyst. We'll let you skip cuchi-cuchi, Bertucci's and Royal East!