I have been really struggling with this one, much to my surprise. We are looking for a restaurant to host a special occasion dinner for 6 adults and 2 children (7 year old twins) on the night before a wedding. This is not a rehearsal dinner per se, but rather a special get together with family who will be arriving in town. As a point of reference, the wedding will be at Mistral the following evening. I personally will likely have a steak at Mistral, so all steakhouses are out.
The priority is good food and some atmosphere, but I do need somewhere that can accommodate the children as well. Most of the guests are staying at the Jury’s hotel. It is fine to travel within the city, however I want to keep it in taxi range. The children are well behaved enough to go to a nice restaurant, however they are pretty typical eaters for 7 year olds and not too adventurous.
Below is a summary of some of the ideas which we were batting around as background for the decision.
- Seafood: I was initially considering the Oceanaire, however they do not have a kid’s menu that I can recall and I can’t think of too much the children would eat off that menu. I considered Summer Shack (Alewife) as well, but I think that is a bit of a trek for everyone. The adults all like oysters, so that would be a bonus wherever we go.
- Italian: Vinny's at Night was again maybe a bit far and I would like somewhere with a full liquor license. Considering Mamma Maria’s and Prezza as well.
- I considered Houston’s as well, which I actually like quite a bit. However it just doesn’t seem right to go to a pseudo chain on a special evening.
I am interested in hearing where all of you would go. Thanks in advance, I need some inspiration. I hope I am missing something obvious.