My husband and I will be in Boston (from Austin) for our fifth-year anniversary, which is this Friday. I've read around the boards, but think I still need some help. Though we love food, our palettes certainly are not as refined as many on the chow boards. We love wine, too, but are not the types to go looking for specific bottles on a wine list. Rather, we appreciate knowledgeable staff who point us to great wine picks. So, I have a feeling that many of the restaurants on our potential list would fit our food/wine criteria very well. What I am less sure about ambiance, and I think that will be the deciding factor, assuming that food quality is relatively even across our potential list. We are looking for some place not too stuffy (we're in our early 30s) but definitely something that feels special occasion. We probably do not want a "hip" place. We'd prefer a quiet, romantic, fantastic service kind of place. We'd also prefer New American or French-leaning as opposed to Italian, but that's just a slight inclination. We'd be open to changing that. We're looking to spend around $200, give or take, but would spend more if it meant really having one of those meals you remember forever.
So, I'm posting our list of potential places for your feedback. We're also aware that it may be a challenge to get reservations.
No 9 Park
No 9 Park
9 Park Street, Boston, MA 02108
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA
763 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139