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  1. #1 Default Need a restaurant recommendation... 
    For the wife's birthday, I think I want to take her to some place different. Can be Hartford/Providence/Boston area...

    I want to take her to a restaurant that has something like a tasting menu. She has never been into "hoity toity" food as she calls it, but I want to show her that it can be great. Maybe something with some type of amuse bouche, or something that is say 5-7 courses... Its been a very long time since I've been to a place like that, and I'm sure some of you will have great recommendations, possibly even some sort of access to a chef's table somewhere?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nperkins View Post
    For the wife's birthday, I think I want to take her to some place different. Can be Hartford/Providence/Boston area...

    I want to take her to a restaurant that has something like a tasting menu. She has never been into "hoity toity" food as she calls it, but I want to show her that it can be great. Maybe something with some type of amuse bouche, or something that is say 5-7 courses... Its been a very long time since I've been to a place like that, and I'm sure some of you will have great recommendations, possibly even some sort of access to a chef's table somewhere?
    whats your budget ?
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    If its still open, I took a girl to trattoria scalinetta in the north end. It was like $275 for 6 courses(no alcohol) and the dinner took you on a tour of Italy with food from different regions and small descriptions of the food and area. Food was really good, and the girl had a good time
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    Quote Originally Posted by buzztt View Post
    whats your budget ?
    I'd like it to be circa $100/head (Not necessarily including alcohol, and willing to spend more if its truly worth the experience).

    Here's my only stipulation. My wife is what I would call extremely "blue collar".. She tends to get nervous in EXTREMELY upscale environments... And it is her birthday, so I don't want her uncomfortable..
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    Lucca, or if you want homestyle, try mother Anna's. Nico is kinda in between.


    All in our price wheel house
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    Melting pot in framingham/natick cant remeber which one its in i want to say natick. providence i would say cheese cake factory or fire and ice. bonus is providence place mall. take her shopping. she shouldnt feel uncomfortable at all at either of those.

    Also the Castle in Liecester MA is cool. its about $100 a person but it has a cool menu of game meats and such and you get excellent service.
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    Left Bank in Tyngsboro at the Stonehenge Inn.

    A bit fancier, but still acceptable to the 'blue collar.' It's still Tyngsboro after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris! View Post
    Lucca, or if you want homestyle, try mother Anna's. Nico is kinda in between.

    All in our price wheel house
    North end? or Back Bay? or either? I didn't see a "tasting" style menu on the north end site.. But that looks like a nice place..

    Quote Originally Posted by DjStarscr3am View Post
    Melting pot in framingham/natick cant remeber which one its in i want to say natick. providence i would say cheese cake factory or fire and ice. bonus is providence place mall. take her shopping. she shouldnt feel uncomfortable at all at either of those.
    Also the Castle in Liecester MA is cool. its about $100 a person but it has a cool menu of game meats and such and you get excellent service.
    Melting Pot/Fire and Ice/Cheesecake factory are all places she is perfectly fine with. She is comfortable at Melting Pot, as we have been there a few times. Those are chain places though, and while they have a fun experience/good food,

    Quote Originally Posted by thunderthud View Post
    Left Bank in Tyngsboro at the Stonehenge Inn.

    A bit fancier, but still acceptable to the 'blue collar.' It's still Tyngsboro after all.
    I just looked at that, but didn't see a "tasting" style menu..


    EDIT: I also just realized I'm an idiot, and forgot that Heritage Trail Vineyard is like 5 minutes from my house, and has an AMAZING restaurant.. Maybe i'll give them a call and see if they do special events like that..

    Double EDIT: Talked to a coworker, who said their quality has gone downhill in the past year... So much for that place...
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    prolly gonna find it hard to find a good restaurant that has a tasting menu

    i havent seen one in a long time, (havent really been looking though)
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    Anybody ever been to 10 tables? They apparently have a tasting menu...

    EDIT: or Sibling Rivalry?

    I dunno... maybe i'm asking the wrong question... Basically, i want to find a place where I can take my wife and show her that fancy food doesn't have to be scary, and that things like foi gras, duck, goat cheese, etc are actually quite delicious..

    There used to be an Inn down here in Old Saybrook that my family knew the owners of. It was great. We would go in, they would bring us menus, but then we would just say "surprise us", and we would get 5-6 different courses, almost none of which were actually on the menu... Unfortunately they have changed owners, and the new owners have the place closed for renovations.

    EDIT: and most of the casino restaurants plain old suck for their prices...
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    take her to china town and explore the wonders of mystery foods get some hot pot sew gewt <(^.^<)
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    lol... Yeah... Right... lol


    Apparently Craigie on Main is another place to consider... So many choices...
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    Are you trying to stay away from somewhere like L'Espalier?

    Marilave has a tasting menu on occasion and is a bit less stuffy. Ten Tables is also decent in JP, I disliked the Cambridge location.

    It's the blue collar thing that is throwing me off. I readily admit I am dirt people, and places like L'Espalier fill me with rage from the douchebaggery. Even the places I mentioned, I still prefer Giacomo's, or KO Prime if I want fancy. We frequently go to Rinos Restaurant in East Boston because that is the kind of people I am.

    I forget the 'fancy' restaurant we went to a few years ago, and ended up at D'Angelos afterwards eating a Number 9 because the tasting menu was so pathetic. I'll reply when Mary reminds me of it later.
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    http://www.createacook.com/cooking/a...s-cooking.aspxI dont know if this is something you would be interested in, but my roommates did this place and said it was amazing. Its a full multicourse menu that you are taught to cook yourself. The food is fantastic and its alot more entertaining and engaging that just going to a restaurant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nperkins View Post
    lol... Yeah... Right... lol


    Apparently Craigie on Main is another place to consider... So many choices...
    lol id rather eat in china town over any "fancy place" theyre a pain in the ass have to be all boring and proper. my gf would rather go some place new interesting and fun rather than dry boring and uptight. i garuntee she will have a great time if you take her somewhere interesting and out of the blue. theres so much more than i had $50 chicken......
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    Craigie on main is supposed to be excellent, but apparently the chef has somewhat of a reputation for...inducing staff burnout, to put it politely. I'd recommend looking around for places that have prix fixe menus, as they're more likely to offer tasting menus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderthud View Post
    Are you trying to stay away from somewhere like L'Espalier?

    Marilave has a tasting menu on occasion and is a bit less stuffy. Ten Tables is also decent in JP, I disliked the Cambridge location.

    It's the blue collar thing that is throwing me off. I readily admit I am dirt people, and places like L'Espalier fill me with rage from the douchebaggery. Even the places I mentioned, I still prefer Giacomo's, or KO Prime if I want fancy. We frequently go to Rinos Restaurant in East Boston because that is the kind of people I am.

    I forget the 'fancy' restaurant we went to a few years ago, and ended up at D'Angelos afterwards eating a Number 9 because the tasting menu was so pathetic. I'll reply when Mary reminds me of it later.
    That's similar to how I am, and my wife is as well.. Me, I can shut my mouth and deal, and sometimes even play up the douchebaggery (Which btw I LOVE you use that word. Its in my auto correct dictionary lol)... But it really gets to her. I looked up L'Espalier, and that just seemed to scream douchebaggery like you said..

    Marliave looks like a nice place.. So does KO Prime. I REALLY like KO prime. I guess I was more wondering about the "tasting" part to show her a lot of variety... That, and she can't make a decision if her life depends on it, so if you put something in front of her and say "here, they made this special for you", she'll eat it, and most likely love it.
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    If you're a fan of KO Prime, then perhaps Clio might be a choice. Ken Oringer is a bit less stuffy than somewhere like L'Espalier. You're getting the fancy pants without the attitude.

    It's a bit pricier than the suggested $100 a head, but I've had a few good meals there and if you stayed in the seven course range with the wine pairing, you'd only be double your budgeted amount!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderthud View Post
    If you're a fan of KO Prime, then perhaps Clio might be a choice. Ken Oringer is a bit less stuffy than somewhere like L'Espalier. You're getting the fancy pants without the attitude.

    It's a bit pricier than the suggested $100 a head, but I've had a few good meals there and if you stayed in the seven course range with the wine pairing, you'd only be double your budgeted amount!
    lol.. Clio looks quite interesting... A few things I was trying to figure out if they were food or art lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderthud View Post
    Marilave has a tasting menu on occasion and is a bit less stuffy.
    Never been for dinner but its great for lunch. Been a much of times and never had a bad meal.
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