Make the Trade: Trade Boston
Sometimes your date just wante a really great peice of meat and some comfortingly, fried and salty potatoes. This steak-frites is just that. You almost want to invite someone who is not an adventurous eater to join you for dinner just so you can steal some of her fries and a bite of her steak.

Make the Trade: Trade Boston

Trade your regular old date night for something different this year.  Step outside your date night comfort zone and you won’t regret taking it.  I know as parents we’re tired and sometimes lucky enough to make it out the door on date night.  You’ve got this and once you get there you won’t regret the extra effort, which when you think about it wasn’t so much of an effort anyway.

A grown up night out in the city makes you see stars…even if they’re just the lights over the bar. Trade, Boston

The first time I walked into Trade a few years ago, I fell in love despite the fact that I had just extracted a fairly cranky and tired child from the Children’s Museum and then walked him over unwillingly to the farmer’s market where I had a meeting set up and told him we were going to a ‘grown up’ restaurant for lunch.  We definitely stood out from the usual lunch crowd who were at least a decade older than my son and younger than me and were dressed in business suits.  But that first visit sealed the deal. I loved the space and the food was so good I can still remember exactly how certain dishes tasted and day dream about them.  I was recently invited to a dinner at Trade to experience a #TradeParentsNightOut.

Trade is a perfect night out from ceiling to floor, napkin to plate, kitchen to table, bar to lips.  Every detail counts especially those you don’t notice.  It takes skill and experience to create a restaurant that is so seamless and a meal out that is flawless, the team behind Trade have that gift.

What I like even more than lunch at Trade, is spending a grown up night out.  The location is perfect because you’re by the water and a stroll across the bridge and around Fort Point is a great way to work up an appetite or to spend hand in hand with your loved one after dinner.  There is a parking garage right next to Trade, you can try to snag a spot on the street in the Financial district or for just a couple more dollars than the garage you can go all out and use the Valet parking.

Drink your beets. To some this tasted earthy, but to me it actually tasted sweet and light.  This was one of my two favourite cocktails of the evening.  Beets By Trade is a beautiful and refreshing tall glass of local Bully Boy vodka, beet and cucumber simple syrup, lime, and pineapple.

Trade has a beautiful bar and an ideal menu if you just want to enjoy a few cocktails or a glass of wine and enjoy an assortment of small dishes.  They are small plates but in terms of flavour and detail that goes into each dish you will not feel like you needed anything more.  The other option is to settle into a table together or with friends and spend an entire night lost in a world of laughter, stories, the occasional parenting anecdote, as you drink and dine the evening away and stroll out into the street at the wee hours of the night (which for parents may be 10:30 p.m. – Don’t mock us! We’re up at 4 a.m. partying with the tots.) You will be trading your usual night at home lost in the tedium of cleaning and cooking and stepping on legos for a luxurious night of delicious food prepared by a chef who really understands his ingredients and a chef-owner who is a master of her trade.  The boost of energy and joie de vivre you get from a great night out is something that benefits everyone in the family.


Find out what all the #TRADEParentsNightOut experiences were like:

Capability Mom: Trade Up Your Night at Trade Boston

Appetite for Instruction: Parents’ Night Out at Trade

A Little Bit About A Lot of Things: Parents Night Out at Trade

Umommy: Parents Night Out at Trade Because You Deserve It

Parental Ideas: Parents Night Out at Trade

coming soon:

Napkin Hoarder

Red Shutters

Kim World




  1. Thanks again for organizing this awesome night out! The idea that energy and joie de vivre from a great night out benefits everyone in the family is so true. As awesome as our tots (and teens) are, we need that time to refuel so that we have the energy to party with them at 4 a.m.!

    • So glad you could join us! I don’t know how you can teach all day and parent all night! Always good to have a night out.

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