So we're planning a gift for a really good friend who's turning 40. He lives in the South End and is single; we (the givers) are six couples who live in the burbs and will be coming into the city for six different dinners (the gift). Each couple is giving a gift certificate to him at a different place, and we'll make up a calendar of dates, so that the final gift is 6 months worth of dinners, for all 13 of us, at six different locations. Did I confuse?
But now, of course, I'm stumped. He's not a crazy-adventurous guy, and we'd need places that can accomodate a large (and loud) group, but good food is paramount. Not necessarily crazy-expensive food (although we dont want cheap), but it's all about the overall experience.
I turn to you, Chowhounds. HELP!! Thoughts? Suggestions?
Thanks so much!