Datenight restaurant serving local food
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.
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.
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.
Maybe Puritan & Co? They bill themselves as "modern New England cuisine", and I've really liked my meals there.
I've had waiters introduce themselves by name and offer a choice of water or drinks at many high-end restaurants around the area.