Need a suggestion for a formal business dinner. Hopefully with an interesting menu.
Hi, I'm hosting a business dinner in Boston on a Monday night in February. It's going to be a pretty formal event, and we'll maybe even book a room (might by 6 people). Would appreciate if the Boston hounds could provide some suggestions that fit the formal requirement, but that also have some "interesting" menu options. Sorry if that's vague, but I'm trying to avoid places that are simply expensive and formal.
Hamersley's? I'm not exactly sure what you're looking for in "formal." The two drawbacks might be that the tables are a little close together, and that the open kitchen (and tight tables) make for a loud dining room. Here's a pretty good picture of the place: http://www.52restaurants52weeks.com/2...
553 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
Can't beat Locke Ober for suits talking business. It has an interesting menu (for 1885). That being said, if the suits talking business want a place that is more with it but still really formal, I would go for L'Espailer or Menton. If they want someplace "cool" but still in Boston, I would go with O-ya (although hard to get 6 people), Clio (may still be closed for remodelling) or, at a somewhat lower price point, Mistral. Steak houses are always good for suits talking business, but not "interesting menus."
For business entertaining, I find that fancy Italian chophouses are useful: upscale Italian and steaks on one menu, a bit more interesting that the typical luxury chain steakhouse, but not so interesting that they freak out the one or more boring eaters that every business crowd seems to have. Prezza and Davio's Back Bay are two that fit this category. Davio's also has private rooms to suit many sizes of parties.
grgmt, if i read correctly, you are looking for 'interesting.'? If this means 'not your usual expensive Italian or expensive steak house', i would guide you to: erbaluce, deuxave, OYa, and Craigie on Main. All their menus are more adventurous and unique in foodstuffs, and are artisinal/owner-chef driven. But i do not know about availability of separate rooms (and I believe Craigie is not formal.)
9 East Street, Boston, MA 02111
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
69 Church Street, Boston, MA 02116
371 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115