So I recently moved back to Boston and have a birthday coming up at the end of January. Looking for a nice place for dinner - full bar with good cocktails/beer/wine is important, as interesting and quality food. Most cuisines work, although if we do something "ethnic" would prefer yuppie fusion to actually authentic (along the lines of Myers & Chang not Dumpling Cafe). Will be a vegetarian or two but as long as there is one thing on the menu they can eat I'm fine with it.
So far most of the recommendations I have gotten have been in Cambridge (Craigie on Main, Cuchi Cuchi) but I live downtown and would prefer something around here (or in Back Bay/South End). Most of the great places in Boston tend to be quite formal (i.e. Troquet) or very small (Neptune). Dont' want to pay for a private room but still sit together at a single table.
Realize I need to be making inquiries now. Help me Chowhound!