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A Chowhound Challenge: Older, Finicky Theatre District edition

Swankalicious | Nov 10, 201305:22 PM

Greetings, savvy hounds! Hoping for some dining advice in or near the Theatre District -- an area I don't know well.

My parents are taking us to a matinee for Hanukkah, followed by a nice dinner out, on a Saturday in December. There will be a group of six: My somewhat older parents, a sister and brother-in-law in from the Midwest (but sis is Boston native), and Mr. Swank and myself.

Looking for a tasty, satisfying group dinner spot for about 5:30pm on a Saturday that could cater to a small and perhaps finicky group that doesn't want to overspend. Parents are on a somewhat fixed budget (and they are treating); more than budget, they have a very set version of what quality means. They are not into ethnic cuisine. They are willing to spend but not for food they find "weird" or confusing. I suggested Chinatown (they do like Chinese) and they said no. For some refernece, previous city meals with them have been L'Osteria North End, or 75 Chestnut. They are big fans of The Cottage in Wellesley.

My sister and brother-in-law are adventurous but sort of want to "see Boston." Sis hasn't lived here in 20 years, bro-in-law is from Chicago and a steak and potato like to take them to a newer place that feels urban and unique. They would do Chinatown, but parents aren't having it.

Any ideas? Mr. Swank and I will eat anywhere or anything. Walking distance of WANG Theatre would be good.

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