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Jun 11, 2013 02:46 PM

Looking for affordable dinner: Saturday at 10:00, quiet, steak, shrimp

A good friend (no, really!) is looking for a first-date restaurant, probably BYOB, where quiet conversation is possible, with steak and/or shrimp on the menu, and the total bill is around $50 for two. Probably not too adventurous (e.g. not Khmer Kitchen).

Beyond Friday, Saturday Sunday and a few others, I'm stumped. Please help out if you can.


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  1. Matyson would fit the bill, and would be more quiet @10 am.

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Can one dine at Matyson for $50 for two?

      1. re: JanR

        Probably with two courses you could. Steak for two for under 50 is hard. Entrees at Matyson are running between 24-27 dollars so you are probably looking at more there.

    2. Thanks for suggesting Matyson. You're right: it would be quiet at 10 and it would probably cost more than $50 total. Even at a place like L'Angelo, it's hard to eat for that price.

      Maybe there's a market for a BYO with an excellent, but limited $20 prix fixe menu that includes straight-forward entrees and somewhat more adventurous apps.

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      1. re: Tom

        Gnocchi near South St (BYOB) would be in your price range. They were doing a thing on weekdays where two people dined for $30 or something like that. They might still be doing that. Last time I went it was quiet because no one else was in the restaurant. Might be more crowded on weekends and it's a tiny space so it would get loud I imagine. Decent Italian food.

        1. re: barryg

          I am curious if the food has improved at Gnocchi's. I haven't been there in a long time but I was unimpressed with it.

          I am wondering if McCrossen's Tavern would fit the bill. Trout Scallops pork and chicken all under 20 dollars, and there is pasta on the menu too.

          1. re: cwdonald

            I was there about a year ago. It was ok. Definitely not bad and a good value. The gnocchi were not very good though.

            Am I alone in noticing a trend that most restaurants with a dish as their name do not do a very good job with that dish?

      2. Mr. Martino's would be perfect if you didn't need steak and/or shrimp, I don't believe either is on their menu. But quiet conversation is certainly possible, the atmosphere is great, the food is good (not stupendous), and two people can have apps, entrees, and dessert for under $50.

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        1. re: Buckethead

          Mr. Martino's is an excellent suggestion. The atmosphere is charming as is the service.