We've got some colleagues coming in from Chicago on Wednesday, and we'd like to go someplace with great food that's also kind of lively. Since they're from Chicago, we'd like to do something they don't have there (so The Palm's out). Initially we thought Patina, but they're closed for a private event. I was at Cicada recently and had a nice dinner but wasn't thrilled. I haven't been to Water Grill in a few years -- while the food was excellent, I thought the atmosphere was a little stodgy. Has it changed? How about Blue Velvet? Part of me just wants to put them in the car and go to Providence, but downtown's more convenient since that's where they're staying and they'll be arriving just before dinner. I'd appreciate any ideas you may have for upscale downtown places with great food and a fun atmosphere. Many thanks!