My son and future DIL are getting married on New Year's Day and I would like to hold a family reunion brunch the day after the wedding. Most of the 35-40 guests are from Japan, France and Brooklyn, and will be staying around Copley Square. It will be cold, and we will be tired from all the partying the night before.
The bride is hoping for neighborhoody feel (as in Brooklyn) and the son cares most about the food. After many communications with about 12 establishments, I've narrowed it down to
Vlora (only lunch items on Monday and a little dark), Sel de la Terre (brunchy lunch items but kind of corporate slick) and Gaslight, (brunch menu because it's a buyout).
If you have never planned this type of event, you may not realize that you pay more p/p for a more restrictive menu, so the experience is not the same as it is ordinarily.
Which place has the best atmosphere and best food at that general price point, and am I overlooking a gem? Thanks!
545 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199