My office of 10 does an annual Christmas lunch at a nice restaurant in Boston or Cambridge. Two years ago we went to Harvest in Cambridge (cozy) and last year we went to Umbria (BORING). Before my time they've gone to Locke Ober.
I brought up L'Espalier. Folks were excited about the food but weren't sure if the decor at the new digs would be "opulent" (their word not mine) enough. Has anyone been to the new location that can comment on the space? My bosses just don't want it to be to minimalist and austere.
And while I have your attention I'd love to hear some other nominations. The requirements are:
1) Serves lunch
2) The food served at lunch is more like food you'd get at dinner (i.e. not just sandwiches)
3) In Boston or Cambridge
4) Takes reservations
5) serves alcohol (at least wine and beer)
6)"opulent" (we are casual laid back people but once a year we like to pretend we're big shots)