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On the first Friday of most months since late 1995, my best friends and I have gone to a different restaurant for dinner. It's sort of the Algonquin Round Table. Without Dorothy Parker. Or the round table.
$ at the end of the review indicates price range for one person with drink, app, entree and desert: $15-20 $$20-35 $$$35-50 $$$$ 50+ (price in parenthesis is the per person price we actually paid).

Restaurants with bold name and are a First Friday Favorite - deemed particular standouts for their uniqueness, fun atmosphere, or excellent food. Requires overall ratings over 4, and at least 2 "FFF" votes.)

You can click on the Book online icon to make a reservation at OpenTable.com, otherwise call for reservations (unless "No Reservations" is noted.)


2005


Henrietta's Table - Oct 2005: Mike, Chris, Tim, Kenny, Greg, Peter, Patti, Jim, Wes, Mike, Enzo, Bill

2005

#

Date

Restaurant

Cuisine

Food

Decor

Service

Overall

 
 
Address/Phone/Subway
Diner Comments
96

1/7/05

John Harvard's Brew House

Pub

33 Dunster Street, Cambridge
617- 868-3585

T: Harvard

 

"Excellent" beer, but overall "much better than the last time" and "OK food" aren't exactly a rave reviews $$ [30]

97

2/4/05

Tamarind Bay

Indian

75 Winthrop St. Cambridge
617-491-4552
T:
Harvard

"Above average" food wich was "different than any other Indian; quite excellent", marred by the "itsy-bitsiness of" the space, including the "tiny" and "really-tiny bathrooms" and by "some confused wait staff."

98

3/4/05

Piattino Wine Bar *

Bistro

Columbus Av, South End
617- 868-3585

T: Back Bay, Arlington

 

"The main room is lovely but loud" while our private dining roon was "more like a closet." "Unique" and "excellent" food and wine, despite cheesy Michael McDonald sountrack. The wine information cards are a "nice touch." $$$$ [53]

99

4/1/05

Domani *

Italian

book online

51 Huntington Ave., Back Bay
617-424-8500
T:
Prudential, Copley

"Amazing" service from our "yummy" waiter, an "intresting, kinda trippy" interior, "simultaneously quite expensive" and "exceptionally tasty fresh food." Our waiter even offered a complimentary Tarragon Martini, when we expressed doubt about how good it would be (it was good!) $$$$ [55]

100

5/6/05

Les Zygomates

French

129 South Street, Boston
617-542-5108

T: South Station

 

"Very good food for the most part" -- the "sides were salty," but the entrees were "excellent," with a "charming atmosphere" (but "a little dim" dining room) and "outstanding," "unubtrusive" service (our "bread basket was never empty".) While some lamented the food was "inconsistant," enough thought it was "excellent" to rank as a FF Favorite. $$$$ [66]

101

6/3/05

Asmara

Eritrean

739 Mass. Ave, Cambridge
617-864-7447
T:
Central, 1, CT1

"A fun concept for participatory food" with"friendly service" but "zero atmosphere" and the "innappropriate seating for large groups" was a "detriment to the experience." "Frankly, Addis Red Sea in the South End is way better." $$$ [40]

102

7/1/05

Stella

Italian

book online

1525 Washington St., Boston
617-247-7747

T: Back Bay, Newton St

 

"Very good" food "has the potential to be a 5" but can "slightly dissapoint" when you stray from the "excellent pizzas" and the "must have Pork" served by "distracting black and white outfitted servers who did offer "good knowledge" of the wines, under "too obvious" "Carl Sagan-ish" photos of the solar system (though the front room is "pretty cool").. $$$$ [51]

103

8/5/05

Muqueca

Brazillian

1093 Cambridge Street
Inman Sq, Cambridge
617-354-3296
T:
Central, 1, CT1

A first friday favorite for "fantastic food" at an "excellent value", "friendly and cheery" service and a "suprisingly cute decor" (the only downsides are "uncomfortable" chairs and "noisy" blenders at times drowing out conversation.)$$ [22]

104

9/2/05

Bob's Southern Bistro *

Southern

604 Columbus Av., Boston
617-536-6204
T: Mass. Ave, Symphony
#43 or #1 Bus

"Terrific live jazz" (if a "little loud"), "delicious, and authentic" "comfort food" and "charming" staff had (almost) everyone agreeing Bob's was "as fantastic...as [we'd] heard." $$ [29]
105

10/7/05

Henrietta's Table

American

book online

Charles Sq. Hotel, Cambridge
(617) 661-5005
T:
Harvard, 1, CT1

"Nice country atmosphere" but food ranged from "bland" and "dissapointing" to "excellent" and service from "inconsistant" to "excellent" depending your seat at our large table (the waitress favored one end). Despite (barely) earning a spot as a FF favorite, one diner says "Maybe the novelty's worn off?" $$$$ [58]

106

11/4/05

BarLola

Tapas

160 Commonwealth Av ., Boston
617-266-1122
T:
Back Bay, Copley

"Friendly" waitress who gave "great Spanish lessons" in a "somewhat cramped," "not very exciting" (decor-wise) bar setting but "excellent drinks" and "tasty" food "that made this place worthwhile." $$$ [44]
107

12/2/05

Ashmont Grille

American

555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester
(617) 825-4300
T:
Ashmont, 1, CT1

We all agreed on the "cool atmosphere" and "fun, fast server", but diners were split over if it "lived up to the hype," with some thinking the food was uneven with "unimaginative" alternating with "great." $$$$ [55]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Restaurant now closed ** First Friday Observed - Held on an alternate Friday

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