I received the following inquiry from a friend:
"I will be in Boston on business and need two restaurant recommendations. One is for me and my boss. I think he has rather conservative tastes in food, continental rather than anything exotic. The place should be upscale but not prohibitive ($35 - $50), good food, and good ambiance but quiet enough to talk. We have a lot to discuss. Geographically, our office is near Faneuil Hall, so anything nearby is a plus. No desire to ride more than 20 minutes.
"The second place should be fun (loud is okay), celebratory, good food, good drinks. This will be for the group I have been traveling and training with for the past month. They are from all over the globe and have never been to Boston. Exotic food is fine. I know for another night to take them to Legal Seafood, but for our Thursday night, Last Evening in Boston Bash, what would you recommend? Geographically, for the gang, it really doesn't matter. 'Have T-pass, will travel.'"
As for the first request, I recommended Sel de la Terre and Sage -- two of my favorites near Fanueil Hall -- although if the $35-$50 price range she mentions is intended to be all in, these may not work. For the second request, I recommended Mistral if she wants upscale, and East Coast Grill if she wants more casual. Anyone have any other recommendations?