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Jun 24, 2006 11:55 PM

Wedding present

Hey there, LA hound here looking for some good Philly restaurant suggestions. One of my buddies (who lives in Center City) is getting married in a couple of weeks and I thought it would be fun to give the happy couple a few (4-5) gift certificates to some of Philly's best restaurants. I've been out of town for about 4 years now and I'm a bit out of touch with the options... I'd like to do a mix - some fancier places that they might not spring for themselves if not for the certificates, some less fancy (but still a nice night out). I'm not sure how adventurous they are, but I don't think they're overly timid with respect to ethnic foods. I'd prefer places within 10-15 minutes of CC, but wouldn't rule out a really spectacular place based on distance alone. Suggestions??

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  1. Great gift idea! We got several for our wedding and loved it!
    My picks would be Pif in South Philly, (google to see reviews),
    Farmacia near 3rd and Market ( and Bistro St Tropez, (

    1. I would select one of the top, expensive restaurants like BecFin, Striped Bass or Vetri, plus Amada, Gayle or Ansill and a tiny BYO like Pumpkin.

      1. I'm going to second the recs of Pif, le Bec Fin, Vetri and Amada, and I would add Matyson to the list.

        1. Thanks for the recs! After reading through some reviews and checking out a few web pages, I'm leaning toward Vetri, Farmicia, Matyson, and perhaps one more... Any thoughts specifically on Brasserie Perrier, Lacroix, Fork, or Django?

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          1. re: wendi

            I highly, highly recommend Amada. It's relatively new, got a great atmosphere, and fantastic food, with something for just about any kind of eater.

            I've never been, so take this with a grain of salt, but I've heard a lot of bad things about Farmicia. While some people seem to really like it, I've heard several say the food is quite mediocre. LaCroix is a great restaurant, but Chef LaCroix has apparently just retired, and the jury is out on how the restaurant will survive without him. Django is great, along the same lines as Matyson (though I like Matyson a bit better).

          2. I would not choose Fork, has gone downhill. I think it would be neat to throw in a certificate for something like Isgro - to get some great cannolis or other desserts (