I am looking for a restaurant/bar that is affordable, has decent food, and has TVs at the bar for dinner Thursday night with a friend - can anyone help recommend a place to go?
Here are my preferred parameters. The TV is non-negotiable (Sox); cheap is 2nd most important, while still being non-dive-y; food, sadly, has to come 3rd for this dinner but I really hope I can still eat well.
1. Cheap - dinner for 2 at less than $50 total, whether it's standard app+entree or small plates or whatever. Booze is separate - no worries about cost there.
2. Somewhat upscale - not fancy or anything, but not typical sports-bar/Faneuil-Hall-bar level. Initial ideas we had tossed around were Ivy, Silvertone, and Match, to give you an idea.
3. Somewhat lively - which I assume will be a given anywhere with a TV/bar during the Sox game. Nothing cozy or intimate - I'd imagine those places wouldn't have TVs anyway.
4. Ideally Boston "proper" - I'd prefer to stay in Boston itself. South End, North End, Downtown, Back Bay, Waterfront, Kenmore are preferred neighborhoods.
Coda fits perfectly - BUT that's where we went last time we had dinner together, so I'd love to try something else.