My partner's 40th is the end of January. We're going to weekend in Boston. I'm looking for a couple of recommendations...
1. Dinner - I'm looking for great food, but also a warm and intimate atmosphere (not necessarily uptight or old-world "fancy" - we don't think someone has to pull out your chair or scrape crumbs to ensure a good meal)... but would like a rather sexy vibe. He is a hideous food and wine snob (bordeaux lectures are endless). Also an adventurous eater (can't resist any gutty challenges on European travels). He has expressed some interest in Craigie Street Bistrot? Also Petit Robert, but recent reviews suggest to me that it is perhaps a little staid?
2. Accommodations - Perhaps a zag for chowhounding recommendations, but where is the most special accommodation in Boston? We love old-world grace, but also boutique. I was thinking perhaps XV Beacon or Ritz (understand it is changing ownership??).
Also, any interesting dinner recommendations for our "other night" of for lunching (or cocktailing!) would be appreciated. Something more casual, but still intimate and fun (we liked Tapeo, have always loved the bar at the Ritz, he loved Lucca).
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