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Celebrating tenure in Boston: best restaurants in town?

vavacanneberge Jan 27, 2014 07:02 AM

I am looking for the best restaurants that would accommodate 9 people on a Saturday evening. I like the unusual flavors that Oleana offers but they don't take reservation for such a large group on Saturday.

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  1. opinionatedchef Jan 27, 2014 05:26 PM

    I can't address reservations but my recs are: Ribelle, Sycamore, and Rendezvous. All are chef/owner places w/ top food. Rib. and Syc. are loud and happenin' ; Rendezvous is casually elegant and quiet. There are detailed CH threads on all of them

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      cambridgedoctpr Jan 27, 2014 05:32 PM

      Let me add ICOB or ASTA or Craigie on Main.

      I like the food at Ribelle but find the noise a problem. I like to go very early or very late.

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        vavacanneberge Jan 27, 2014 08:06 PM

        Thank you so much. It is really helpful!

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          calisson Feb 18, 2014 03:34 PM

          I am late to the party, but have you considered Hungry Mother? And congratulations!

      2. alarash Jan 27, 2014 08:10 PM

        congrats on making the cut!!

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          vavacanneberge Jan 28, 2014 07:56 AM

          I'll find out Friday if I did.

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            Science Chick Jan 28, 2014 01:01 PM

            Best wishes! I just made mine a few months ago after 12 year climb! ;)

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              vavacanneberge Jan 28, 2014 03:20 PM


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          Madrid Jan 28, 2014 07:44 AM

          how about Sarma?

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            vavacanneberge Jan 28, 2014 07:58 AM

            Thank you. I was looking at Sarma. I am glad you recommend it. I'll try to make a reservation. So far it is impossible to find a place for 9.

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              LeoLioness Jan 28, 2014 08:00 AM

              Do you mean impossible or just impossible via Open Table? Many restaurants limit the amount of people for online reservations, but can handle them if you call directly.

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                justbeingpolite Jan 28, 2014 08:01 AM

                If you can get a res, I had a group of 10 at Eastern Standard Kitchen last Saturday. Loud, energetic, celebratory vibe.

            2. Karl S Jan 28, 2014 10:58 AM

              If your group is flexible, day-wise, you may have an easier time for Sunday, as Super Bowl Sunday can be a blessing for getting into otherwise hard-to-get restaurants. (Thus writes someone who'd rather have root canal than watch the Super Bowl.)

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                vavacanneberge Feb 8, 2014 01:30 PM

                Thank you all for your advice. I didn't find anything available, but got tenure!

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                  opinionatedchef Feb 8, 2014 01:51 PM

                  yay vava, congrats!

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                    teezeetoo Feb 8, 2014 01:53 PM

                    Congratulations. We had great luck calling Deuxave directly when we needed to arrange a birthday dinner for 10. They were very accommodating and we had a fine meal. But I bet even a hot dog will feel celebratory when you can enjoy such a grand achievement.

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                      Science Chick Feb 8, 2014 02:35 PM

                      way to go!!!

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                        Madrid Feb 9, 2014 08:11 AM

                        Congratulations! thanks for letting us know. I hope you did find some way to suitably celebrate.

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                          vavacanneberge Feb 9, 2014 08:27 AM

                          Thank you! My sister-in-law was very happy to cook a fabulous meal. The celebration took place in their home in Medford.

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                            Madrid Feb 9, 2014 08:52 AM

                            I did finish my PhD but did not go in to academia as a teacher, so I was spared this whole ordeal. I do remember after I finally finished, I sat outdoors in Palo Alto and read a novel a day for a few days. Got a bunch of great cheese, bread, wine, and olives. If I got tenure, I' would have blown a lot of $$$$ at formaggio and also gone to Oleana with a group and get every meze on the menu. Now you are home free! I hope you enjoy this very special time.

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                        sflory Feb 18, 2014 03:05 PM

                        West Bridge has that private room - probably seats 10-12.

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                          Madrid Feb 20, 2014 10:47 AM

                          see upstream, he already has celebrated.

                        2. MeffaBabe Feb 20, 2014 10:29 AM

                          Prezza... my favorite

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