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50th Birthday Dinner?

momara Oct 21, 2012 08:13 AM

Dear All,

I will be in Boston attending a conference next weekend (10/25-10/28) which also happens to be my 50th birthday. I would really appreciate suggestions for an incredible restaurant where I can treat myself to a wonderful dinner. I am a "foodie" who appreciates incredible food. I will be staying in the Copley Square area.

Since I will be dining by myself, I would appreciate suggestions in safe destinations reachable by cab. Any sort of cuisine is terrific as long the execution is flawless. Thank you for your replies in advance! I appreciate your help.

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    cambridgedoctpr RE: momara Oct 21, 2012 09:41 AM

    Happy B-day!

    where are you from? what kind of food are you looking for? high end or low end?

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      momara RE: cambridgedoctpr Oct 23, 2012 06:44 PM


      I am from Cleveland, Ohio -- a great restaurant town. Any type of cuisine is fine, price is not an object as long as it is good.

      Recommendations are really appreciated. Thanks.

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      dfan RE: momara Oct 21, 2012 06:11 PM

      If price is no object, the first restaurant that comes to mind is O Ya, especially since it is good for a solo diner as much of it is bar seating.

      1. WineAG RE: momara Oct 22, 2012 03:35 AM

        I think you'd be very happy at O Ya, a great spot for going solo, but for me the definitive choice for such a celebration would be Menton... even better, do both!

        1. libertywharf RE: momara Oct 22, 2012 08:50 AM

          When dining alone I like the bar at capital grille. Last night while waiting for someone I sat at the tamo bar at the seaport hotel. Off the bar there's a room with the best flat screen which I have seen.
          In the north end coffee at the cafe vittoria is a must whether alone or with someone.

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            davefoxdad RE: momara Oct 22, 2012 12:41 PM

            Try Post390. We had a fabulous meal there a couple weeks ago -- -Back Bay area.

            1. FinnFPM RE: momara Oct 22, 2012 12:48 PM

              What WineAG said. O Ya or Menton, with Menton being my personal vote.

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                teezeetoo RE: FinnFPM Oct 22, 2012 01:41 PM

                If you are in the Copley Square area, I would consider L'Espalier, Sorrelina, or Deuxave. All three are elegant, perfectly fine for someone dining alone on their birthday, and quiet enough to enjoy. Menton and O Ya are great but on a nice evening in Boston, why not walk to dinner?

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                lalee RE: momara Oct 22, 2012 03:34 PM

                The bar at No. 9 Park is great. You can have a lovely walk up Beacon Street, the bartenders are delightful, and the food is always spectacular. There's a good vibe at the bar and the other patrons are usually friendly. While O Ya has sublime food, I don't know that I'd be happy there by myself on my 50th. Same for Menton.
                Happy Birthday fellow Scorpion!

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                  momara RE: lalee Oct 23, 2012 06:49 PM

                  Thanks for all of these terrific suggestions! I really appreciate them. The great thing about traveling is the chance to try new restaurants. I once stumbled upon incredible food in a roadhouse in the middle of nowhere in Montana. Since, I am in Boston often for conferences (I am a professor), if I don't make it to all of the suggested restaurants this weekend, I will the next time that I am here.

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