I'll be in the Boston area with friends, the first weekend in May, and we're looking or a place for a 40th birthday dinner/party, for about 12 adults, 2 babies, and 2 medium sized kids.
We're coming from different parts of the country and the birthday girl doesn't know we're coming.
We are mostly family and a few friends. Four are women requiring special handling, who will not order straight off the menu, and are guaranteed to find something to complain about, no matter the quality of the location, service, or food.
Good wine is a requirement, because one is a winemaker with significant experience, reputation, and attitude.
The rest are people who like good food.
As the evening goes on, there is a good chance the family will devolve into discussions and arguments reaching the shouting stage.
So we need a place with a relatively large private area, great flexibility, a wide variety of choice and price, and child friendly.
Given multiple choices, no one will agree on where to go. The discussion will reach a standoff, at which point one of the sane people will say, "No one can decide, so this is where we're going." We need to have this place planned in advance.
Is there such a place ?
Thank you for any recommendations you can give.