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Mar 19, 2014 07:28 AM

Quiet date night recs, something new?

Any recs for something nice and new in Boston/Cambridge for a quiet date night -- with some really good wine and craft beers to boot. Love seafood and spice and veggies. Eager to try Row 34, but we're too late, all booked up.

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  1. New recently opened? How much are you looking to spend?

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    1. re: addiez

      we love places like oleana and ten tables, old standbys with great food. we've been to ribelle and loved that. just alwyas looking for something we haven't tried. looking for entrees in the 20s, high 20s is fine.

        1. re: Dmost

          I'm confused. Do you want quiet, because Ribelle is certainly not quiet? I haven't been to Row 34 yet, but I'd imagine it's quite loud too.

          My favorite new place is Alden & Harlow. The seats to the right when you first walk in would probably be reasonably quiet. I've only sat the bar so can't speak to the rest of the room.

          1. re: mkfisher

            Yeah, ditto for Westbridge - I couldn't really hear my DC at all. I won't be back there anytime soon (unfortunately, as the food was great!)

            1. re: addiez

              Oh, yeah--Westbridge is butt ass loud. I figured the "quiet" the OP was looking for meant (s)he was looking for something other than an all-night bender, not the volume of the establishment.

            2. re: mkfisher

              A&H is reasonably quiet for a new place. And the beef neck is one of the best meat dishes I’ve eaten in quite some time!

              1. re: mkfisher

                A&H is reasonably quiet for a new place. And the beef neck is one of the best meat dishes I've tasted in quite some time!

          2. Have you tried Vee Vee in Jamaica Plain? Small and quiet enough for a conversation (rare these days!) with good wines and beer.

            1. How about Sycamore (in Newton, but not that far from Boston/Cambridge)?

              1. Since you like Oleana (my first thought), how about Sarma in Somerville? Not so quiet, but really amazing food. I love the decor, and find it enchanting. Going early may not be so romantic, but it is quieter then.

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                1. re: Madrid

                  Or Sabur, in Teele square? Serbian-ish, totally underrepresented here except for occasional thumbs-ups.

                  1. re: Madrid

                    yes to sarma, sycamore, alden and harlow. since you loved ribelle you might also love strip t's. and Rendezvous. recent CH threads on all of them.

                    1. re: wandergirl

                      My favorite meal at Commonwealth has been lunch. The value proposition at dinner is just a little off for me. He makes some great sandwiches and salads at lunch.

                        1. re: maillard

                          It probably is. I've had the steak and eggs and the biscuits and gravy. Both were good, but I'm not a brunch person. Never quite understood the allure. Give me a sandwich over eggs any day of the week.

                          1. re: mkfisher

                            I was unsure at first, but I've come around to like the dinner choices, particularly for a weeknight option for two to share. You can get a salad, maybe another app or one or two veggies or sides, and one entree to share for a reasonable price, ~ $50. Limits my meat (over)consumption. I'm not positive, but I think the veggie/side portion sizes may have gotten larger since they first opened, as we've been having to take some home lately.