grov·el Pronunciation Key (grvl, grv-)
intr.v. grov·eled, also grov·elled grov·el·ing, grov·el·ling grov·els, grov·els
To behave in a servile or demeaning manner; cringe.
To lie or creep in a prostrate position, as in subservience or humility.
SO, the question.....If a fka dear friend (of the opposite sex, by the way) did you wrong and insisted on taking you to dinner (blatantly playing upon his knowledge that the way to THIS girl's heart is through her stomach), where would you go? Most important: #1 fantastic food and #2 enough of a "scene" so I can dress eat-your-heart-out fabulous. And just because restaurants are considered upscale doesn't mean the food is worth the price tag (like No. 9, IMHO). It's about value.
At the top of my list of "wanting to try but too spendy" have been Meritage and Bricco. Are either houndishly appropriate or worth it? Clio does not interest me at all (is Oringer EVER in the kitchen?) but the sushi bar might be fab and I've never been. Also, I haven't been to any of the newer North End restaurants - is that Mare and Neptune?
And yes, L' Espalier would be great, but somewhere a little less restrained is best in case I want to have 3 big cocktails and behave (just a little) belligerently. :-)