Opinions for Chef's Tasting
Every birthday my husband and I take each other for a chef's tasting. So far we have gone to Ten Tables JP, Bistro DuMidi & Troquet. Would love some suggestions. Can be anywhere in Boston. We basically like any kind of food.
The pasta table at the back of Giulia in Cambridge. You may need a minimum number of people though, not sure if its 4 or 6.
Asta.. Best new chef's tasting we had this year. Enjoy Ribelle as well but not quite on point.
Would second Asta and (as always) note that they offer a couple, nonoverlapping, tasting menus but in the past have been happy to let couples/groups pick separate menus and share. Probably one of the best additions to the Boston dining scene last year, and (to me) well-priced for the execution and innovation on offer.
West Bridge has a 5 course chef's menu for $65. Have not had it, but like the food there in general enough to think this is probably a good optioin (though i'd note ch impressions have been mixed)
Not formal, but for something different, Bronwyn has a $45 4 course set menu of eastern european food that rotates pretty frequently (based on online menu stalking). some would i'm sure quibble this is just a pre fixe not really a tasting, but i think it's in line with say, doing the fourse course at ten tables as OP mentions.
EXNE offers a 5 course and 8 course tasting menu (35 and 45 respectively) that i've enjoyed, though my experiences there have been more variable. I'd also expect to want to order a supplemental dish or two if you want to leave feeling full, but that still is unlikely to bring you above 55/60 pp.
Giulia, in addition to the pasta table mentioned upthread, i believe offers a 4 or 5 course tasting regardless of where you sit, if you so choose. Most/all people i know (this board included) seem to really enjoy Giulia; it's on the top of my list of places to get to.
Oleana- has a vegetarian mezze tasting. I'm sure other hounds can chime in on this one (alas, also haven't been here), but the general vibe from reading is that Oleana thrives/is a safe bet with their mezze (as opposed to the mains, which get a more mixed review), so if you don't mind swinging vegetarian for a night htis could be a good option.
places with tasting menus i would not necessarily endorse:
Journeyman has gone 'menuless', meaning they only have tasting menus. That has not gotten a lot of love on this board (myself included), but it's worth noting.
Craigie on main has a six course menu for 98 and 8 course for 118. If you've been to Craigie recently I wouldn't go back for the tasting, but if you've never been might be worth it. Even better though, go on Sunday night where they have a discounted 6 course, the 'whim', that is (iirc) $57 (or 45 for 4 courses, something like that). the whim dinners i've typically enjoyed at Craigie, others have left me feeling like i could have spent my money better elsewhere. but my impressions on Craigie are admittedly old- pre Maws opening kt&t.
one last note:
based on the places offered above, i assume you're not looking to go crazy, but, because it is a tasting, in addition to the super pricy places listed by mrbojangles, there is of course the chef's menu at O Ya (285 at its priciest, i believe?). If money were of no concern, it's worth doing once.