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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.)


2006

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Grand Chau Chow - Jan 2006: Wes, Patti, Peter, Chris, Mike, Bill, Jason, Chad & Tim (NP: Enzo)

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Date

Restaurant

Cuisine

Food

Decor

Service

Overall

  
  
Address/Phone/Subway
Diner Comments
108

1/6/06

Grand Chau Chow

Chinese

45 Beach Street, Boston
617-292-5166
T:
South Station

"Crappy atmosphere," "even worse service" and "You get what you pay for" $ [14]

109

2/3/06

Teatro

Italian

Book online

177 TremontSt, Boston
617-778-6841

T: Park/Park, Boylston

"A bit pricey" for food that could have been "more...imaginative", but "larger than expected portions," a "gorgeous room" (on an old synagog) and "excellent, friendly service." $$$$ [53]

110

3/10/06

Jacob Wirth

German

31-37 Stuart Street, Boston
617-338-8586

T: Boylston / NE Medical Center

"A true Boston original" with "great late-1800s decor", "friendly service" despite occasional "slowness", while some found the food "appealing" most thought it "bland" and "[un]exceptional" and had fun "despite Jacob Wirth's shortcomings."$$$ [44]

111

4/7/06

Grafton Street

Irish Pub

1230 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge
617-497-0400

T: Harvard

"Much better than average pub grub" gets "Excellent" and "delicious" ratings for food, "nice atmosphere" (including the "black and tan" mens room) but demerits for "bad lighting" from one diner. $$ [35]

112

5/5/06

Cafe Marliave

Italian

10 Bromfield Street, Boston
617-423-6340

T: Park / Downtown Crossing

Boston's oldest italian resurant "shows its age" (definately a "neglected jewel") but has "affordable" "big portions of terrific basic italian" which a waiter some found "terrific," some found "creepy" $$ [33]

113

6/2/06

Seiyo

Japanese

1721 Massachusetts Ave, South End
617-447-2183

T: Massachusetts Av / Massachusetts Av

Most praised the "Affordable", "fresh sushi" with "Original decor", though some thought it "uninspired" considering how "well considered" the overall concept was. $$$ [46]

114

7/7/06

The Barking Crab

Seafood

88 Sleeper Street, Boston
617) 426-2722

T: South Station / Courthouse

Upsides are a "Fun casual atmosphere", "great fried clams" and "there's nothing like sitting outside on the water", but the downsides areuneven entrees (including the "dissapointing lobster roll"), inattentive service and "a little pricey for a clam shack." $$$$ [52]

115

8/4/06

Mike's Bday

Potluck

 

 

 

 

Craig & Ashley's
South End, Boston
T: E. Berkeley

116

9/8/06

Cafe D *

Bistro

77 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain
(617) 522-9500

T: #39 bus from Back Bay

"Perfectly cooked" "fresh ingredients" and "delightful decor," makes this "everything a neighborhood bistro should be" and the first FF Fave of the year. $$$ [41]

117

10/5/06**

Petit Robert Bistro

French

Book online
(Kenmore Location Only)

480 Columbus Ave, South End
(617)867-0600
T:
Prudential (E Line) , #43 Bus

"Reasonable prices", "super-accomodating staff (who held a table for late-comers)" and the "best steak-frites in the city" marred only by the "under-air-conditioned" dining room in "desperate need of accessorizing." $$$$ [53]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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