I'm trying to plan a spot to meet with a group of friends (maybe 8 people?) to celebrate a birthday on an upcoming Friday. Looking for suggestions of good places for a small group. Ideally this place will serve awesome food, be affordable of have affordable menu items (i.e. at least some entrees under $15), and be easy to get to. Food can be funky and interesting, no need to cater to pedestrian tastes. It would be great if they served drinks or at least beer and wine, but that's not a requirement, we could go somewhere else afterwards. It would also be nice if the spot was near a good place for ice cream. We're all 30+ and a few of us have small kids, so we will start early and go home early. Don't let the kid factor rule out bars, but we would probably like to avoid anything super-noisy.
Who's got an idea for me? Pretty much everyone will be coming from somewhere in Cambridge (mostly either Porter or Central Square) so somewhere in Cambridge or Somerville is ideal, but we'd cross the river for the right place, or go somewhere on the water or in the North End or Chinatown or whatever.
Thanks for the help!