OK, something happier than a post about mistresses! Mr. Swank and I have a mega-anniversary coming up in January, and we'd like to dine high(ish) on the hog. We can't afford Menton nor can we afford O Ya; mainly we'd just like something romantic, comfy, and most of all delicious. However, we're tough to please!
Problem One: We eat out a fair bit and have enjoyed lots and lots of places already. We want something brand new to both of us. Places we've been and enjoyed, either apart or together, include: TW Food, Hungry Mother, Clio, Puritan, Island Creek, Scampo, Coppa, Trade, Toro, 51 Lincoln, Lumiere, Via Matta, Taberna de Haro, Estragon, East Coast Grill, Casa B, Area Four, East by Northeast (was actually totally unimpressed - sob), Craigie on Main, Rialto, La La Rokh, L'Espalier. I know, I know, first-world problems.
Problem Two: The menus at some of the nicer New American or Northern Italian spots don't thrill me. I prefer high-end ethnic food, with lots of sauces or curries, like Indian or Mexican, so I'm fairly stumped. Therefore venues like Bergamot, Bondir, Deuxave, or West Bridge -- while no doubt lovely -- just don't pack that special punch for me. Essentially, my dream restaurant is something like the Helmand (atmosphere and cuisine) or Oleana -- but we go there all the damn time.
We've been to Strip T's and loved it, but it doesn't really have a "mega anniversary" feel to it. Right now, I'm considering Erbaluce (maybe not "saucy" enough for me--too precious?), Pomodoro (though Mr. Swank hates parking in the North End with the hot head of 1,000 sweltering suns), No. 9 Park (again, I fear it might be a bit too ... staid? ... for my tastes), Cinquecento (anyone know how it is?), Yakitori Zai (any good?), or ... or....?
So concludes the most self-indulgent first-worldy post ****ever****, but if anyone has recommendations, please, let me know. Note: It does not have to be a "splurgey" splashy fancy place -- more romantic/comfy/delicious than high-end.