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Nice cafes/restaurants for graduation dinner?

overworkedstudent Apr 10, 2014 06:33 PM

Hello everyone,

I'm going to be graduating in three weeks, and I need help in the direction of picking a nice restaurant. I've lived in Boston for a year and a half, but as a student, I almost never eat at restaurants in order to save money and when I do go out to eat, I'm usually at places with cheaper prices. Makes sense, right?

The type of cuisine is not a big deal to me nor my family. The only true picky eater in the family is my 19 year old brother, but as long as there's meat on the menu, he's good. I live in JP and would like to get out of my bubble and try something really nice and new for this occasion. Obtaining a master's degree only happens once, unless I decide to give into my masochistic tendencies and do another one.

(I would also like to note that I have a family member in tow who really likes the finer things in life, which is why I'm asking you all for help instead of going to Legal Sea Foods.)


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  1. Bob Dobalina RE: overworkedstudent Apr 10, 2014 07:53 PM

    Eastern Standard has something for everyone

    1. BostonZest RE: overworkedstudent Apr 11, 2014 04:26 AM

      Congratulations on your graduation. Three weeks would probably make you a Northeastern or Simmons grad.

      It is early in "graduation season" but I would still make a reservation quickly because the ability to accommodate large family tables in limited in many restaurants and the demand this time of year is high.

      There are also conventions with more than 15,000 attendees out in the Seaport district the first two weeks in May.

      I like the suggestion of Eastern Standard both for a diverse menu and for their ability to deal with large groups.
      Brasserie Jo at the Colonnade Hotel would be another room that would be possible.

      It might also be a good time to slip over into Cambridge for someplace like Rendezvous in Central Square.


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        mvi RE: overworkedstudent Apr 11, 2014 04:47 AM

        Third vote for Eastern Standard but call today.

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          overworkedstudent RE: overworkedstudent Apr 11, 2014 08:02 PM

          Thanks for the suggestions, guys. My group is only going to be five people since they're coming in from out of state. I tried making a reservation online for Eastern Standard (their menu looks really nice), but they're booked solid. I'll check on making the reservations of Brasserie Jo and Rendezvous tomorrow!

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          1. re: overworkedstudent
            Bob Dobalina RE: overworkedstudent Apr 12, 2014 02:16 AM

            Try calling - some restaurants hold back tables from the system.

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              BostonZest RE: Bob Dobalina Apr 12, 2014 03:32 AM

              Bob is right. Call them directly. While it is late in the game, you could win a spot.

          2. hotoynoodle RE: overworkedstudent Apr 12, 2014 06:00 AM

            thousands of graduates multiplied by their supportive and happy families are trying to eat out at the same time.

            i strongly urge a trip over the river to cambridge.

            tw food
            alden and harlow
            blue room
            west bridge

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            1. re: hotoynoodle
              Madrid RE: hotoynoodle Apr 12, 2014 06:04 AM

              also in Cambridge, Oleana, if the menu appeals. Might be too big a stretch for the picky eater..........the beef meze is amazing, however.

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