Mr. Swank has reason to celebrate! But where?
We dine out a fair amount, and neither of us have much use for stuffiness or pretention. I'm hoping to surprise Mr. Swank with a luscious meal out. He enjoys the big three S's: steak, scotch, spicy food. Both of us enjoy creative preparations and edgy dishes. In other words, Mr. Swank doesn't require a medium-well steak and a baked potato. We can get frisky! Here are my thoughts:
1. Asta -- how is it? Anyone know?
2. JM Curley -- both of us are dying to try it, but I'm wondering if it's too barroom noisy for a celebratory meal.
3. West Bridge -- how big are the portions? Mr. Swank will want to eat a LOT.
4. Off the Boat -- Thought something quirky in East Boston could be fun.
5. Bronwyn -- again, too barroom noisy? Not celebratory enough?
6. Blue Dragon -- both of us are curious.
7. El Centro -- We love the menu. But it doesn't feel "special." Does it?
Oh Hounds, HELP! Mr. Swank needs to pop a cork.
jm curley's is definitely more of a bar vibe, gets noisy and VERY crowded. west bridge can be cacophonous too, (was there last week for lunch and left with a headache) but i do love the food at both places. neither has what i think of as typically american too-big portions, but that may be too small for the mister?
been once to blue dragon and did like the food, but it was also very loud.
all 3 have a pretty casual vibe to them as well.
i lived near off the boat and it just always smelled like fried food, so it never made me go in.
have not been to nos. 1,5,7.
west bridge - quite noisy. i eat a lot and found the portions smallish.
bronwyn - loud too but might be ok if you get a table in the non-bar room. portions are satisfying. i haven't had the haxe but it looked massive.
no matter how skilled the chef and staff i never like dropping large dollars within the first few weeks of anyplace newly opening. i prefer waiting for the training wheels to be off, rather than get run over by them.
add a special occasion? i'm not that much of a gambler, i guess.
I have had great times at JM Curley but it is loud.
How about Citizen Public House? Tons of whiskey and pretty interesting menu. Only been once, but had a great date night with the Mrs.