I'm a regular poster on the Boston board, but I'm hoping the New England crowd won't mind the brief intrusion and plea for your help. In 2 weeks I am taking a couple of clients to a group dinner...one is from Springfield, MA, one is from Avon CT, and one is from Newington CT. I work for a small business, so don't think over-priced dinner on the VPs Amex card dinner! I'm shooting for really nice dinner (really good food valued over pretention) in a place that isn't too noisy (Thursday night though, which should help) and hopefully somewhat attractive decore. I don't want it to be cheap or look like we're being cheap, I just don't want to pick one of those cheezy places people go to impress the client even though there's better food for 20% less around the corner.
My vision is somewhere along Rt 91, maybe Hartford or something, but the main goal being easy for everyone to drive to. I am hoping for an eclectic menu as I don't know how adventursome eaters they are. I could also be swayed to "fun" atmosphere over "white table cloth" as long as the fun doesn't feel like a frat boy meat market or restaurant briming with crying 5 yr olds....they need to be able to talk to each other without screaming.