Went to the Independent in Union Sq. Wed. nite, another Irish oriented kinda place. Pleasant room with windows open onto the street, nice waiter, good bread. My meal was a little disappointing tho. Should have gone with my first choice, fish & chips or a burger. Went slightly more upscale cuz their menu was very interesting, salmon w/ leeks and a potato cake and supposedly a sweet mustard sauce ($15). It was sitting in a pool of grease/oil. Should have said something, but the food didn't taste bad and I didn't get grossed out by it til after, and when the woman next to us ordered it, I couldn't even look at it. My friend really enjoyed her steak, rabe, mashed potatos ($19) and Guiness ($4). We were reminded of a recent trip to Olives tho cuz that was pretty oily too. Got peach cobbler ($5) to cheer myself up but the peaches were soaked in some liquor I assume and there wasn't much cobbler, so that didn't do the trick. I wouldn't not recommend it, but I sure didn't get the right thing.
Took a friend to Icarus in the South End which I hadn't been to in 10 years or so, such a pleasant room. They'd asked if it was a special occasion when I made reservations and gave us menus that said "Happy Birthday Peter" on them which was a nice touch. VERY (too?) leisurely pace so be prepared to sit back and relax. Split a prosciutto/caramelized onion pizza ($10) which was great. Both the duck w/ potato gallette ($29) and chicken w/ fingerling potato salad ($25?) were very good then split the chocolate cake w/ vanilla ice cream which had to be ordered w/ the meal ($16 for two). We each had a glass of wine and it came to $99 before tax & tip. Great waiter and tasty food, no complaints.