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winnie | Aug 15, 200207:45 AM

a friend and i will be parting ways soon -- she to LA, i to nyc. she's accompanied me on many a dining adventure, and we've had our share of mind-altering meals. we want to have our last boston blow-out dinner together and i'm hoping i can get some input from you guys.

the specs:

1. price is [almost] no object.
2. preference for degustation. i tend to get bored easily by entree-sized portions, so i'm looking more for a place with excellent tasting menus or a chef capable of accomodating.
3. good (if not outstanding) wine list.
4. the friend is hoping for not-too-heavy offerings. ie., maybe a veg tasting? (as for me, bring on the foie gras and lobster. monkfish liver gets bonus points.)
5. service must be near faultless. and barring that, gracious at the very least.
6. i want to be dazzled.

other considerations:
i'm already planning to do a degustation at radius in the very near future for a different occasion, so that's out. i've already done an exhaustive tasting at clio as well. currently leaning towards l'espalier, as i've yet to go, but i'm feeling some trepidation as expectations run awfully high. there's very little that can convince me to go back to no 9 park, blue ginger, hamersley's, lumiere, or maison robert. i'm also contemplating a trip out to ogunquit to check out the much-lauded arrows or fore street in portland.

what say you?

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