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Deuxave vs Ten Tables Cambridge?

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vozick Jan 27, 2014 07:12 AM

Friends and foodies from Manhattan are coming for a Boston/Cambridge
visit.

How would you compare Deuxave and Ten Tables Cambridge? quality, food service and ambiance.

Thanks so much!

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    takeoutgirl Jan 29, 2014 12:09 PM

    After a recent visit to Deuxave I'd say that I was disappointed but would give it another try. Our waiter was off-putting. Questions resulted in long-winded answers and it felt like he was trying to show us how smart he was. Spent far too much time talking in general and about himself in particular. Won't be quick to rush back

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      teezeetoo Jan 29, 2014 06:35 PM

      I'm curious: you don't mention the food at all. Was the waiter the main event for you?

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        takeoutgirl Feb 5, 2014 12:17 PM

        Overall the food was good, not great. The lobster gnocchi was great. My sole was good. Dining companions enjoyed their selections which. The room and ambience are outstanding. It was not an inexpensive evening which is fine but, the waiter absolutely impeded upon and detracted from the experience for me, which is not.

    2. hungrytommy Jan 28, 2014 10:02 PM

      For food and service I like Ten Tables, but if I was bringing people from New York I wouldn't take them to a basement on a side street three blocks off Harvard Square. I think the location/ambiance of Deuxave would win out for me. That said, I don't think you would go wrong with either choice. There is something exciting for guests about taking them someplace they could never just stumble upon.

      www.hungrytommy.com

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        opinionatedchef Jan 29, 2014 10:23 PM

        tom, indulge me plse- is that frites and truffle ice cream? a poached egg w/ chives? (my brain and eyes are having a hard time working together here.)

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          hungrytommy Jan 30, 2014 06:37 PM

          It is actually a croque madame with fries

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        CportJ Jan 28, 2014 02:40 PM

        I wouldn't rely on the reviews of TT JP when assessing TT Cambridge, as they are not quite the same, and I would vote Deuxave over TT Cam (or Craigie/Kirkland or maybe Row 34).

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          cambridgedoctpr Jan 29, 2014 05:02 PM

          so you prefer Deuxave over Craigie; I need to eat there and decide for myself!

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            CportJ Jan 30, 2014 05:36 AM

            No, I mean those would be my other unsolicited recs for taking NYC foodies in Boston. :)

        2. CocoDan Jan 28, 2014 01:08 PM

          I have had Manhattanites at both venues and all left happy both times. They are definitely two different animals but both worthy offerings. You won't be disappointed either way. Close your eyes and throw a dart.
          Enjoy (I did!),
          CocoDan

          1. opinionatedchef Jan 27, 2014 04:45 PM

            a foodie from NYC would stop to look at the ten tables menu and , wisely, keep walking. same foodie would look at the deux ave menu and say, "Wow. let's eat here."

            same foodles would really enjoy the off beat inventiveness at Ribelle, and the wonders of Sycamore.

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              total13 Jan 28, 2014 04:52 AM

              I don't think that's true. Def. interesting things on the TT menu:
              http://tentables.net/#menu-jp

              For me it's more of a matter of going for the "grand" feel of Deux Ave where it feels like a special night out to the casual and cozy feeling of Ten Tables. This is the JP location, haven't been to the Cambridge one since it was Craigie but that room doesn't feel as special as Deux Ave. You can find some 3 course special deals at TT that won't break the bank whereas DA is on the pricier side.

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                teezeetoo Jan 28, 2014 12:40 PM

                Yes, I agree that they are hard to compare but I consider both worthy venues. Ten Tables is small, bistro-like, and can be inventive, reasonably priced, and cozy. Deuxave is celebratory and elegant, kind of a throw back to the "Delmonico" days. I have had very good meals at both.

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                  opinionatedchef Jan 29, 2014 10:17 PM

                  tz, do you mean TT JP or TT Camb?

                  Also, there were some 'what has happened to TT JP?' posts in recent months; but you have stayed happy w/ them? We've only been to Tres Gatos in JP, never Vee or TT JP, and I keep checking their menus to see if there's much enticing there. ( Without searching for the thread, i'm wondering if i'm mixing up the name of the 'gone dpwnhill' place...)

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                lipoff Jan 28, 2014 09:50 AM

                Hm . . . I agree very much about Ribelle and Sycamore, but I can't agree with you about TT versus Deuxave. I much, much prefer Ten Tables, which not only has a much more interesting space and a better, fresher, more inventive menu that's better executed, but also is devoid of the off-putting corporate feel of Deuxave.

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                  ptrefler Jan 29, 2014 05:54 AM

                  I couldn't agree with you more.

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