Short Notice Biz Dinners?
I work at a firm near S. Station where we frequently need to plan business dinners on shortish notice (2-5 days) with 4 to 8 people.
So while I'd love to go to e.g. Row34 it's not really an option.
Criteria: walking distance from S. Station, reservation availability, decent food does not need to be transcendent, not too noisy or cramped but not dead, unobtrusive service, not ridiculously expensive.
What are your go to spots?
Depends on what you call walking distance...
Petit Robert Central, for sure. It's usually on the less crowded end, but I wouldn't call it dead. I think they're really underappreciated.
Bastille Kitchen is just opening in Fort Point. I haven't been yet, but they have a really large space that could fit some of these parameters.
We recently had seven people at City Landing. The food was decent and it wasn't too crowded on a Monday night, but it certainly wasn't dead. Clam chowder got good reviews, the beer batter on the fish and chips wasn't greasy or heavy and the fish was fresh, and the tuna tartare and calamari were also tasty. The rolls in the basket appeared to be house-made and freshly baked and were delicious. We got a last minute reservation without a problem. Service was good.
Nebo is a good place for business dinners in that area. Once they know you the staff there will do their best to squeeze you in, even if they don't have normal reservations available. The food is consistently good if not wildly creative, service is always professional and they have a full bar.
I've had good experience with Les Zygomates on South St. They accommodate such events quite well and the food is quite good.