My wife and I are looking for a memorable goodbye to Boston before we leave the country on a long-awaited journey. The restaurant should have, above all, wonderfully tasty dishes. We are less concerned about culinary adventure and new styles, and more concerned about being blown away by good food. These price points are a stretch for us that we are glad to make, but we're wary of paying $300 for an unmemorable meal.
The main contenders are:
L'Espalier - We ate here once, to celebrate our engagement (earlier in the day, not at the restaurant). I found the food to be wonderful and the service a bit haughty by quite knowledgable. We are concerned, however, by the flood of negative Chowhound reviews which seem to indicate that they are coasting as of late. We certainly don't want to stretch to meet this bill and then be disappointed. Has anyone eaten here lately? What was it like?
Aujourd'hui - We've yet to eat here, but it seems to be the only other restaurant to rival L'Espalier, especially since neither of us is really into the quirky Clio dishes. It doesn't seem to have the reputation of L'Espalier, however, or the raves from foodies. Then again, it doesn't have the poor reviews, either.
Craigie Street Bistrot - Trying to think outside of the box a bit. I had one of the best meals of my life here once, following Tony's Chef's Whim, so naturally I think highly of their food. It's not a supremely upscale place for a final goodbye, however, and I wonder if the same quality of food could be replicated.
We really are looking for the best meal, the best food, so we're open to suggestions. We've covered a lot of Boston's restaurant scene, but there might be a place we haven't been to that we'll entrust our night to with the Chowhounds' blessing.