Since we live in Belmont, we usually eat out on the Cambrdige side of the river. We are going to see a show in Wang Center in a few weeks, and will have a chance to expand our horizons of the restaurants on the Boston side. We don't mind taking the T, so it doesn't have to be close to Wang Center, as long as the food is great (the decore doesn't matter to us much).
We have been to Grotto 2 times and absolutely loved it (even at their new prices, I think the food is still worth it). Other places that I keep hearing good things about on this board are Sage, Pigalle, and Perdix. How would you compare these places to Grotto? Perdix seems to be in the same price range. Is it as good or better? Sage and Pigalle are much more expensive. Are they much better than Grotto or just a bit better. I know it's hard to compare these places and I am sure they all have their merrits, but it would be helpful to know the pros and cons of each.
Great food is our first priority, but we would also like to be in a place where the tables have more than a foot of space between them. We've been to many restaurants where the tables were so close together that we were having a conversation with a couple next to us. I really like the fact that Grotto gives you some breathing room. How are Sage, Pigalle, and Perdix in that respect? Do you have a recommendation for a particular table to ask at these places?
We would like to stay within $150 (for 2 with wine, tax, and tip), but if the food is really worth it, we won't mind paying a bit more.
So, what will it be -- Sage, Pigalle, Perdix, or Grotto?