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What would be the best choice for a fancy Sunday brunch in/around Boston?
June 14, 2012 5:04 PM   Subscribe

What would be the best choice for a fancy Sunday brunch in/around Boston? Looking for a replacement for Aujourd'hui at the Four Seasons, which has closed.
posted by Perplexity to Travel & Transportation around Boston, MA (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
 
Best food, Eastern Standard or Mistral. Most luxurious atmosphere, Market by Jean-Georges or Beacon Hill Bistro.

If you're willing to go as far as Brookline, Lineage.
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:16 PM on June 14, 2012


Craigie on Main, although it is like a 7 out of 10 as far as formality goes, so I don't know how much it meets your "fancy" standards.
posted by dfan at 5:59 PM on June 14, 2012 [1 favorite]


My Mom and I greatly enjoyed the brunch at Henrietta's Table at the Charles Hotel. Fairly low on formality but quite high on quality and variety of food.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 7:37 PM on June 14, 2012


I don't think there's really a replacement for the opulence of Aujourd'hui. The sweeping buffet of lobster claws and crab legs, the cozy tables with ample space in that luxurious room with its spectacular view, the fact that the kitchen would literally make anything you wanted for the price of admission...it's gone, if that atmosphere is what you mean by "fancy."

I agree with Sidhevil that Mistral has the best brunch in Boston, food-wise. For a similar atmosphere to Mistral's and also excellent food (better for dinner!) there is Hamersley's Bistro. These are all roughly in the same geographic range as Aujourd'hui. Craigie's brunch is good too, but now we're sliding down the scale in atmosphere toward more casual brunch spots like Gaslight or Sportello.

If I wanted to take friends or relatives to an upscale brunch, I would (and do) choose Mistral.
posted by cribcage at 8:27 PM on June 14, 2012


I went to Cafe Fleuri at the Langham Hotel and it was definitely fancy and opulent (raw bar, etc). I would have never felt it was worth the money if I were paying, but I am the frugal type.
posted by treehorn+bunny at 12:24 AM on June 15, 2012


I've heard the Langham has the "fanciest" brunch. Eastern and Craigie are less formal, but food-wise more delicious, IMO.
posted by theuninvitedguest at 7:52 AM on June 15, 2012


nthing Cafe Fleuri. It will be fancy.
posted by KB.Boston_implant.By way of NY at 10:04 AM on June 16, 2012


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