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New Year's Eve Dinner Recs in Suburban or Downtown Philly...?

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pittpanther Dec 3, 2006 07:31 PM

Starting to think about dinner reservations for New Year's Eve... any suggestions? The wife and I are fairly adventurous, but tend to avoid fixed price menus. As far as areas, we would be driving up from northern Maryland, so we are literally open to any/all areas - from downtown, to all areas surrounding.

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    pittpanther RE: pittpanther Dec 14, 2006 10:04 PM

    Where is everyone else going?

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      pamd RE: pittpanther Dec 14, 2006 10:35 PM

      going to a party, not out, but I can try & help. Originally from MD- any ideas yet? I see we have similar Sabs taste. What type of food do you want?

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        pittpanther RE: pittpanther Dec 15, 2006 12:13 PM

        We are pretty open in terms of cuisine. Over the past few years, we have stayed in the Baltimore area - mostly Annapolis restaurants (Lewne's Steakhouse, O'Leary's). I do recall eating at Sisson's (Cajun/Creole) in Federal Hill one year (disappointing).

        I would say we do gravitate towards Cajun/Creole and Steakhouses - but we also love Thai, Italian, and Seafood!

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          pamd RE: pittpanther Dec 15, 2006 07:20 PM

          I would definitely try Carmine's Creole as a first option- my favorite restaurant here (in the burbs though). I always do their tasting menu b/c I love it, but they do have a full menu-always here the duck is great. The owner/chef is great & such a nice guy. Not sure what NYE status is. Another good one is High Street Caffe in West Chester, but more casual Jambalaya type restaurant.
          http://www.carminescreole.com
          As far as non creole, Matyson is another favorite.

          As for Steakhouses, if you haven't tried Barclay Prime before that is a great one that you can't get in Balt/DC.

          No seafood in Philly if from MD- trust me I haven't found any yet. There are several good Italian places though.

          Good Luck!

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            pittpanther RE: pittpanther Dec 16, 2006 12:50 PM

            Thanks a bunch pamd... we have tried High Street Cafe - perfect description of it. We have heard a lot of good things about Carmine's Creole (especially the tasting menu). We really love the Creole Cafe in NJ (recently moved from Black Horse Pike - not sure of new address).

            I will have to talk with my better half about what she would prefer, and I will call both (Barclay Prime and Carmine's) to see what they are offering for NYE.

            Thanks again!

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              TheLatestDish RE: pittpanther Dec 16, 2006 02:25 PM

              Here are a few restauranst that I know of on the Main Line, that are serving their regular menus...

              333 Belrose in Radnor - upscale creative cuisine

              Gypsy Saloon in W. Conshohocken - great Italian and eclectic menu

              Nectar in Berwyn - sophisticated and upscale Asian, great atmosphere

              Tango in Bryn Mawr - interesting menu with a Latin flavors. Also very nice atmosphere and next to the Bryn Mawr train station.

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                pittpanther RE: pittpanther Dec 30, 2006 02:18 AM

                Thanks again for the responses!

                We are also looking for somewhere to stop for dessert. We normally like to stop at Miel Patisserie, but I think they are closed on Sundays :(.

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                  Hungryin theBurbs RE: pittpanther Dec 30, 2006 02:24 AM

                  I don't know if they are open New Year's eve, but if so, I highly recommend the Naked Chocolate Cafe on Walnut near 13th. Amazing hot chocolate drinks, good pastries and yummy chocolates.

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