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Business dinner near Pru

My husband needs to take an investor to dinner tonight near the Pru. The investor is from NY. He enjoys high end restaurants, but that being said, tonights meal doesn't need to be at the most high end place. I would rather find a spot worthy of the Chowhounds. I know there are quite a few newer places in the area, but with limited time, I was hoping the board could help me compile them. The investor enjoys seafood and healthy options, but isn't picky. My husband likes steak when he goes out as well as other foods. The investor is a fun guy who likes a little bit of a scene. I just mean that they don't need to go to a super-quiet, traditional spot.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. L'Espalier comes to mind, but it is very high end and sounds a bit too sedate for what you are looking for. There are a bunch of steak houses in the area, but they are just typical. Not too far from the Pru, a short cab ride, is Hammersley's Bistro. It's a Boston classic and I don't really think you can go wrong bringing someone there. It's a very nice restaurant, but not stuffy.

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    1. re: pemma

      I love Hammersley's, but I would rather avoid the cab ride. By the way, my husband said he definitely wants steak, but it doesn't have to be at a steakhouse.

      1. would anyone recommend Towne?

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        1. re: Madrid

          A no to Towne from me, but I would add Eastern Standard or Island Creek Oyster Bar with a stop at The Hawthorne for a drink first to your list. A walk to Kenmore can be a great way to talk.


          1. re: Madrid

            NO. It has a very good ambiance, but I didn't enjoy the food at all.

          2. Legal Seafoods! They have a great fillet.

            1. to stay within walking distance of the Pru, and keeping in mind the "scene" part of your message, I'd suggest Sorellina, Abe & Louie's and Towne. Sorellina has the best food of those three and has several steak/red meat options, but may be pretty quiet on a Tuesday night in Feb.

              neither A&L nor Towne is a favorite of mine, but they are both very popular business dinner locations.

              1. I'm not a fan of Towne, myself. Terrible bartending. Food is not as good as it should be at that price point.

                I'd probably go with Grill 23 for a steak. But if that's too upscale, the steak frites at Brasserie Jo is awfully good.

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                1. re: ChinaCat

                  I was going to suggest Brasserie Jo. A little less expensive and seems like a better place to talk business than the livelier places (if that is important).

                2. I have not been yet, but what do people think of La Voile on Newbury as an option?

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                  1. re: pemma

                    Good food but definitely NOT a "scene" of any sort. Which is a good thing, IMO.

                    I'd have to agree with Grill 23 or ICOB

                  2. Sorellino or Grill 23.
                    Grill 23 is pretty Boston-ish, to a New Yorker and your husband can play the "Robert Parker and Spencer drank here" card.

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                    1. re: bgavin

                      Sorellina and Grill 23 are my two top choices for a business dinner --- not only in that area, but in the whole city. Both are expensive, but have very good food, and a very comfortable atmosphere.

                      I would definitely NOT recommend Legal Seafoods.

                      One other place, maybe a little far, is Market in the W Hotel. Also very good food, a touch less expensive, more of a scene. Perhaps the Jean-Georges angle is not as exciting for a New Yorker, though. I would prefer Deuxave to Towne for a similar experience/price-point in the area. Finally, if a cab ride is an option, the Liberty Hotel is uniquely Boston, and combines two restaurants with fairly good food with a nice scene.

                    2. If his guest is a happy, satisfied investor, Grill 23 works..great as a celebration dinner. Potential inverstor,I'd avoid because of the sound factor I've had to SCREAM to be heard on occassion. Not a "pitch a new investor" atmosphere that I like. Abe and Louie's is a step down in quality but a lot more scenish. For seafood, they have a swordfish chop that even a jaded NYer would be impressed by. I'd ask them tohold it for me when i madethe res..if the investor doesn't want it, they'll have no prob selling it to someone else. Just explain the situation when you make the res. Some "investors" don't want to be impressed by a fancy restaurant..you don't want to give the impression that investor $ is being spent on fancy meal...Brasserie Jo, Easten Standard(run the risk of taking him to a Balthazar knockoff) or ICOB would work. ICOB might get my final nod. Hard to really pin it down to 1 place without knowing the investor/client specs

                      1. Thanks to all who responded! I think they ended up at Abe and Louie's that night. Now the investor (long-time, somewhat happy investor) is back in town. My husband is now asking for a place that he doesn't have to yell to be heard. Steak and seafood are still safe bets, but I would like to hear opinions on Bistro du Midi. I think Sorrellina is quiet, and that's an option, but it seems that people think that Grill 23 is loud, right?

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                        1. re: Marisa23

                          Grill 23 is on the loud side for sure (as most steakhouses tend to be)

                          I'm quite fond of both Bistro du Midi and Sorrellina, but it's been quite some time since I was at either spot so I'm sure others can speak to them more accurately.

                          1. re: Marisa23

                            I like them both but like Sorrelliana more especially for this kind of thing.