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Planning ahead- Back Bay, Large Party

amalia_c Nov 10, 2013 07:50 AM

In March our team will be in Boston for a national meeting. We have one evening where all 20-ish of us go out to dinner, and we're staying at the Sheraton.
Recommendations for a moderately priced (entrees $20-30 average) place in that area that can handle a large group? I'm hesitant to put a cuisine type simply because with a group this large we probably need to be fairly ecumenical.

I appreciate any guidance you can give.

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    teezeetoo Nov 10, 2013 08:25 AM

    Brasserie Jo might fit the bill - it's walkable from the Sheraton (I'm assuming you mean the Sheraton in Back Bay?), is convivial, within your price range, and is solid French bistro food. They do have a private room as well.

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      hotoynoodle Nov 10, 2013 01:35 PM

      +1 on brasserie jo.

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        C. Hamster Nov 10, 2013 03:01 PM

        +2 on Brasserie Jo. It totally fits the bill.

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      Bellachefa Nov 10, 2013 01:56 PM

      I haven't been lately, and yes it is a chain, but Maggioanos has always done a decent job of being celebratory with pretty good event menu food. It works for a mix of people and they have a few private rooms, just a short cab ride, t, or longer stroll from Pru.


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      1. re: Bellachefa
        hotoynoodle Nov 10, 2013 02:11 PM

        the sheraton is not at the pru anyway.

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          Bellachefa Nov 10, 2013 02:19 PM

          it's been there for many years.

          where did it go?

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            hotoynoodle Nov 10, 2013 02:30 PM

            it's in that hood, but it's on dalton street, within its own structure.

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              Bellachefa Nov 10, 2013 02:32 PM

              are you being serious? it may not be in the pru building, but it is certainly part of the pru center compound/complex with it's own entrance.....

              and why you chose to go off subject is beyond me. My recomendation may be questionable, but what was your intent?

              1. re: Bellachefa
                hotoynoodle Nov 10, 2013 03:43 PM

                we're giving directions to out-of-towners.

                it's like saying maggiano's is in the four seasons hotel.

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                  Allstonian Nov 10, 2013 03:46 PM

                  hotoynoodle didn't say that your suggestion was questionable! Since the OP appears to be from out of town, I'm guessing that they were simply trying to clarify geography for someone who may not know the area.

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                    hotoynoodle Nov 10, 2013 04:20 PM

                    thank you, yes. perhaps i'm being pedantic, but it certainly was nothing personal.

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                  Bellachefa Nov 11, 2013 11:17 AM

                  Exhibit A

                  Skywalk is .1 miles from lobby - basically next door. According to the Pru, the Sheraton is included in the map of their complex.


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                    C. Hamster Nov 11, 2013 12:48 PM

                    The Sheraton is definitely part if the Prudential Center. I think there is an entrance to the hotel right from the mall by the chapel.

                    The Hilton on Dalton street by summer shack is its own structure.

                    I have always been a Maggiano hater but the past two meals have been better than just ok.

            2. re: Bellachefa
              Blumie Nov 11, 2013 10:04 AM

              Ok, I won't question your geography (I don't think it's inaccurate to describe the Sheraton as being in the Pru, and do not think it's analogous to describing Maggiano's as being in the Four Seasons), but I will question your recommendation. Maggiano's?!?!

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                Bellachefa Nov 11, 2013 11:15 AM

                Thanks blumie. exhibit A


                Like I said, I haven't had Magg's food lately, but always found it serviceable for that large of a group. I'm sure they will be pleased with BrJo's - love those carrots!!!

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              addiez Nov 11, 2013 06:56 AM

              Back Bay Social Club has a downstairs space that could work for you. Also I agree on Maggiano's - nearby and good food too.

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                teezeetoo Nov 11, 2013 07:50 AM

                Sorry to disagree but Maggiano's food is close to terrible.

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                  hotoynoodle Nov 11, 2013 08:38 AM

                  and yet it gets trotted out in these sorts of queries all the time.

                  awhile back my b/f had co-workers all coming to town for a conference and they needed lunch in this same hood. none of them are all that foodish and most were agitating to go to cheesecake factory.

                  i convinced him to get them to brasserie jo. everybody was delighted and insisted on going back there the next day too, lol.

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                pemma Nov 11, 2013 09:34 AM

                Agree with Brasserie Jo. They also have a private room that you might want to look into.

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                  amalia_c Nov 11, 2013 09:40 AM

                  Thanks for the great responses- Brasserie Jo sounds like the best choice. I really like the idea of something local.

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