OK, I'm not very good at asking for help, but here goes:
A group that I volunteer with is going out next Saturday after our volunteer gig ends at 4pm. The gig is at Greater Boston Food Bank, by New England Medical Center. So, I'm looking for a place to get a bite, cuppa, or clink with the following restrictions:
--non-dressy (we'll be kinda sweaty from sorting cans)
--open at 4:15pm on a Saturday
--OK with a non-reservation group (anywhere between 3-15 people!)
--much, much better food than Asgard, their usual spot (blech!)
--parking nearby for, say, up to 5 cars.
OK so far?
Here's my thinking: During Summer, I usually plan for Flour Bakery, because if it's full we can sit together outside and munch pastries. But I think it's a little iffy for Winter. (Nonetheless, Flour will be my backup, if only because of my crush on the woman behind the - I mean, because of the fabulous brioche au sucre.)
224 Boston St.? CH'ers speak well of it foodwise - but I couldn't find pictures.
Seiyo looks interesting, though small and with iffy service, according to CH.
I googled Toro; too dressy.
and B&G Oysters; too small.
I'm OK with Chinatown - I have absolutely no shame about scaring off whitebread eaters. But it's gotta be easy to find.
BJK, finlero, gini, hiddenboston, itaunas, MB fka MB, and RWarner - well, I don't think this area is your stomping grounds, but I trust your opinions. Help?