My sweetie just had a big professional breakthrough, which we hope will lead to tenure, and all kinds of good things. I'd like to take him out to a celebratory meal, where the food is great, but the service and atmosphere are not stuffy. Places we like in that vein: Rendezvous, Blue Room, Oleanna, Toro, Hungry Mother.
Places we have felt were a bit too starched and not comfortable- Mistral, I'd also say Hammersley's and Rialto, although I haven't been either of those last places as a "grownup," so I might be more comfortable there now.
We could go to one of those standbys, but would love to try somewhere "new" to us, and in the price range of the above places. Cambridge, Somerville or South End (or vicinity) preferred. Good quality ingredients simply but interestingly, would be better than something showy or bleeding edge. Sushi/ sashimi not our first choice as he has an allergy to nori.
My thoughts so far were Bergamont, Ten Tables (opinions on JP vs Cambridge?) TW Food, maybe Flora in Arlington or Bondir (I found the menu a bit pretentious, but I love that old Atasca space)
Suggestions beyond this list, or comments on these ideas would be very welcomed.
1704 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA
5 Craigie Circle, Cambridge, MA 02138
The Blue Room
Hampshire and Portland streets, Cambridge, MA 02139
279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139