I am appealing to you all for some suggestions. My wife and I are trying to get out a little bit with our (generally) well-behaved two month old baby. She typically naps during dinnertime or sits quietly in a sling or car seat; occasionally she will nurse discretely or take a bottle. Yelling or howling is pretty rare, she saves that for Mom and Dad to enjoy at home very late at night!
What we need:
1) 15-20 minute drive of Coolidge Corner or Newton Centre. Newton, Brookline, Cambridge, Watertown, Allston, Brighton all work well. Parking is a must unless it is walking distance to Coolidge Corner.
2) Ability to make reservations for a party of two on a Friday or Saturday night, or a place that seats very quickly. We can not stand around for 20 minutes waiting for a table at this stage of the game.
3) Not inappropriate for a wee one - no loud music (a high conversational noise level doesn't faze her), nothing too fancy or dressy.
We like to eat most any sort of food. My wife tends to "watch what she eats" more than I do, but if there are seafood, salads etc. on the menu she will be happy. I like to be able to have a beer with dinner but won't die if I can't. Some of our neighborhood (Brookline & Allston) favorites have been Duk Bua, Khao Sarn, Reef Cafe, Taberna de Haro, Fugakyu, Firenze, Anam Cara, The Fireplace, Washington Square Tavern, Cafe Belo.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.