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Datenight restaurant serving local food

Scharn Dec 18, 2013 12:01 AM


I'm looking for a romantic restaurant for the holidays.

Two side conditions:

1) I'm looking for American/New England cuisine.
2) No annoying waiters: "Hey, I'm Rachel can I start you off with--" This ruins it for me. Instead I would prefer classic service as customary in say, a better French restaurant.


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    mkfisher Dec 18, 2013 05:38 AM

    Can you clarify what you mean by New England cuisine? Also, what neighborhood?

    To your second point, are you looking for something a little more formal? As an example, two places that come to mind are West Bridge and Island Creek Oyster Bar. Both take keys from New England. That said, both are in a more modern/less formal vein than you'd get in a white tablecloth spot. You're not going to get "Hey, I'm Rachel can I start you off with--", and you'll get very solid service, it just won't have the formality.

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      teezeetoo Dec 18, 2013 05:52 AM

      If you mean a place that serves locally sourced food in high-end preparation with reasonably competent staff, you have a lot of choices. L'Espalier is always an elegant experience, T.W. Food, Asta and Lineage also come to mind. Bondir certainly locally sources food though it has not knocked my socks off. You have so many choices you might want to narrow your range by price and location. Hammersley and No.9 Park would also fit the bill.

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        pcarC4 Dec 19, 2013 10:45 AM

        I second T.W. Food, I have always had a great experience there.

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        nyc_to_ma Dec 18, 2013 06:20 AM

        Maybe Puritan & Co? They bill themselves as "modern New England cuisine", and I've really liked my meals there.

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          Scharn Dec 18, 2013 07:14 AM

          With respect to location I would prefer places closer too Coolidge Corner.

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            justbeingpolite Dec 18, 2013 07:30 AM


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              teezeetoo Dec 19, 2013 09:46 AM

              Definitely Lineage around Coolidge Corner. Worth a trip from any vicinity but definitely the best in CC area.

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              C. Hamster Dec 18, 2013 08:10 AM

              No brainer: Lineage

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                addiez Dec 19, 2013 07:59 AM

                Another option would be Fireplace, but I'd lean towards Lineage as well.

              2. Boston_Otter Dec 18, 2013 09:05 AM

                I've had waiters introduce themselves by name and offer a choice of water or drinks at many high-end restaurants around the area.

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