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Jul 25, 2006 04:55 AM

Great Philly BYOB?

Making an unfortunately rare visit to Philly from NY in August and hoping to enjoy some of what I hear are the city's awesome BYOBs. Price not a factor; cuisine options open but looking for more New American/French or Italian food. To be clear, I am referring to a "true" BYOB (with no corkage fee and preferably no liquor license) as opposed to somewhere that lets you BYOB but charges corkage.

Thanks a lot for your input!

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  1. Pif, in South Philadelphia, is a wonderful French byob. If you do a search here, you will find many recommendations for byob's.

    1. Matyson is my favorite of many wonderful BYOBs. Matyson is New American. The food is always creative and well-prepared. The deserts are fantastic too! (Chef's wife is the pastry chef.)

      1. Nan is great Indian fusion in University City (40th & Chestnut). Nearby 'wine and spirits' store at 41st & Market.

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        1. re: zachattack

          Nan is not Indian Fusion -- it is Thai with some French influence.

        2. Matyson. IMHO the best and certainly our fav place in Philly. Don't skip dessert.

          1. I tried one recently that I enjoyed, Audrey Claire (Rittenhouse Square area):


            I haven't seen it mentioned much here on Chowhound; would be interested to hear how it compares (I've not been to many).

            Walking distance from Capogiro's = yummy dessert!