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Great Philly BYOB?

jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 04:55 AM

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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    JanR RE: jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 11:21 AM

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

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      Hungryin theBurbs RE: jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 11:43 AM

      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.)


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        zachattack RE: jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 06:02 PM

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

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          DanielleM RE: zachattack Jul 27, 2006 01:18 PM

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

        2. joluvscards RE: jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 07:08 PM

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

          1. spyturtle008 RE: jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 07:33 PM

            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!

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              fission1 RE: jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 08:16 PM

              There is a great web site byophilly.com that lists hundreds of choices.

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                cugat RE: jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 09:58 PM

                Trio in Fairmount is great. It's on Brown Street btwn 26th & 27th.

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                  sylviag RE: jonasblank Jul 25, 2006 10:08 PM

                  Favorites would be Matyson and Django. We also like Caffe Casta Diva and Branzino. Marigold Kitchen good but kind of pricy for a BYOB. Radicchio and some other favorites don't take reervations.

                  We found Trio disappointing. Same sauce in several entrees. Wouldn't go back.
                  Audrey Claire is popular as a neighborhood place, but we thought it ordinary.

                  If you want to venture to South Philly, Tre Scalini, August and L'Angolo are all very good.

                  All BYOB, all take reservations.

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                    Susan H RE: jonasblank Jul 27, 2006 12:36 PM

                    My current faves are Bistro 7 (old city) and Matyson. If you're looking for a great BYOB in an interesting neighborhood, Bistro 7 is your choice. You can wander up and down 3d Street looking at the galleries, and then have dinner.

                    Susan H

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                      DanielleM RE: jonasblank Jul 27, 2006 01:20 PM

                      I am partial to Melograno (Italian at 22nd and locust I think?) and Dmitri's (Mediterranean, with a focus on seafood, 3rd and Catherine -- Queens Village).

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                        CSL RE: jonasblank Jul 27, 2006 03:43 PM

                        Matyson or for a venture into West Philly, Marigold Kitchen.

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                          bbq RE: jonasblank Jul 28, 2006 01:55 AM

                          L'Angolo for italian - deep south phila - feels like you are in italy when inside this small restaurant

                          matyson for new american - center city - great food

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                            melly RE: jonasblank Jul 28, 2006 06:59 AM

                            When I was there my sister took me to Franco and Luigi's in South Philly. It's BYOB..no corkage fee and the food was the best Italian I've ever had.

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