Best....French and/or seafood... 4 people $300 dinner inc drinks
I'm from out of town but have a 40th birthday celebration coming up in the city.
Quick search has found Craigie on Main, No. 9 Park, Deuxave, Bergamot
I went to L'Espalier a long time ago but that's over the budget I think.
I guess fun with cool vibe is better than stuffy and too fancy.
If it were my birthday and I had a budget around there I'd be asking to go to Alden & Harlow.
CoM would probably be hard to stay under that line (A&H might be pushing it depending on how many drinks is involved with 'inc drinks'). Definitely a notch or two down in the ambiance/pomp & circumstance but their sibling restaurant Kirkland Tap & Trotter might be worth looking at.
Happy B'day in advance! We had a special celebration like yours a few weeks ago, a fantastic evening at Island Creek. Here's what i posted about it:
Alden and Harlow has a talented chef and is a fun spot, smallish, dark and loud. But imo, it can't match the food, decor, service, bar program and overall stylish ambience and energy of ICOB.