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Monday Night Dinner Again--Main Line This Time

Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 03:14 AM

Our friends live in Wynnwood, off Lancaster AVe, near Whole Foods. Other than Italian, which is out for them because they cook fine Italian food at home, what can you suggest? Price not a big issue, but quiet enough to talk would be. Not Indian or Mexican though.

Why oh why don't any of friends like to eat out on other nights of the week?

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    susan1353 RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 12:29 PM

    Sang Kee is in the Whole Foods shopping plaza; not particularly quiet, but wonderful food.

    Also recommend either Mikado or Thai Pepper, right next to each other on Lancaster Avenue across from the Lower Merion Township buildings.

    1. saturninus RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 01:23 PM

      What is the name of the restaurant in Narberth - Carmine's?
      I haven't been, but have heard great things.

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        sylviag RE: saturninus Nov 7, 2006 01:49 PM

        Carmine's is fun and has good food, but impossibly noisy - not a place to go with friends where you want some conversation.

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          Carole RE: sylviag Nov 7, 2006 01:55 PM

          Also, I don't think Carmine's is open on Monday. If you do go there during the week, in my experience the noise level is okay for conversation.

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        jwbausch RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 02:02 PM

        Philly Magazine indicated that Carmine's is moving to Bryn Mawr (in the space occupied by Citron). They plan a December opening according to PM.

        Edit: I just called Carmine's and they are still open in Narbarth and plan to be there until at least December. I was told the move to Bryn Mawr might not happen until January. Then more good info I got from the person at Carmine's today (not the owner John) was that a Cuban flair restaurant will be taking the space Carmine's currently occupies. I believe John is going to help staff the new place to get it off the ground.

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          xtian RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 02:12 PM

          What about Nai's Cuisine in Havertown? Not sure if they are open on Monday, but it is always quiet enough for nice conversation and every meal I have had there has been excellent. The menu is French-Asian and while fairly limited in choice, it is well-rounded and will usually please everyone.

          I think the biggest negative is the decor of the restaurant. While it is a very nice, white-table cloth restaurant with candle light, a Stephen Starr environment it is not.

          It is BYO.

          1. saturninus RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 02:26 PM

            copied from aroundphilly:

            Carmine's Creole Café (232 Woodbine Ave., Narberth, PA, 610.660.0160) is now serving a special five-course, prix-fixe chef’s tasting dinner for $40 per person, on Friday and Saturday nights.

            Mims doesn’t stop there. He’s offering another “meal deal” of a four-course, prix fixe dinner for $30 per person, served on Sundays and weeknights.

            On the menu is butternut squash bisque, crawfish chili, butter roasted halibut, 48 hour braised beef short ribs and strawberries marinated in 12-year-old balsamic emulsion.

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              pamd RE: saturninus Nov 7, 2006 07:50 PM

              those strawberries were soooo good! I had them in the summer, didn't think he'd still do them now out of season. John actually came to my table & told me exactly what to do to make them at home- he is such a nice guy.

              they are closed on Mondays. In my experiences I have not been bothered by the noise level there.

            2. joluvscards RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 02:33 PM

              Delmonicos on City Line, good steaks and nice old style clubby atmosphere.

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                sylviag RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 05:40 PM

                I forgot about Delmonico's! If they are meat eaters, go for it. I think their steaks are better than most of the steak places downtown, prices are less, and the retro atmosphere is quiet and fun. Since it is in a hotel, it is probably open on Monday's. Share the hash-brown potatoes, which is like a large, crispy potato cake. Everything comes with salad, so we don't usually order appetizers.

                1. vicarious RE: Bashful3 Nov 7, 2006 07:38 PM

                  If you don't mind heading west on Lancaster a bit, there are a lot of good options. In Bryn Mawr, Cafe Fresko is a very nice BYO. In Radnor, I believe that both 333 Belrose and Pond are open on Monday (the latter is a lovely space and quiet). Radnor also has two new spots that I haven't tried: the new Susanna Foo restaurant and a chain steakhouse called Fleming's.

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                    jwbausch RE: vicarious Nov 7, 2006 08:02 PM

                    I have been to both of the new places in Radnor (Foo's and Fleming's) and I happen to like them both. If you read the thread from today entitled "10% off Susanna Foo's", you'll find I posted a reasonably detailed summary of my experience at Susanna Foo's Gourmet Kitchen. I think the URL is: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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