Sycamore or Puritan & Co.?
Looking for a great restaurant for a surprise romantic birthday dinner. Trying to get somewhere my date hasn't ever been, hence the new spots here. Deciding between Sycamore (Newton) and Puritan & Co. (Cambridge). Ambiance must be cozy and food must be delicious and not boring. Any votes? Thanks!
You'll really have to try them both, two great new additions. To add to what mcslim said, I found Puritan had a fancier feel, shiny, a little sceney in a fun way. Sycamore much smaller, nice warm feel. Both were bustling, active, loud, and I wouldn't describe either as cosy, at least on the nights I was there.
If you haven't yet been to Bondir, I'd say it fits your specs quite well.
I'd call the 50-seat Sycamore rather cozier than Puritan & Co., which looks like a big, nicely-decorated barn and seats closer to a hundred. The food is lovely and locally-focused at both. Prices are pretty similar.
Sycamore is more French-leaning New American; P&C is American with historical leanings (some old-timey accents on there) and a few more creative flourishes. Sycamore has a nice little bar setup with a full license; P&C only has beer/wine, but the wine list is quite good. (I reviewed P&C in the Phoenix this week.)