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Nice dinner for job candidates in Center City?

PhillyStyle Jan 29, 2007 09:34 AM

My small university is hosting 3 or 4 job candidates for a teaching position, and we would like to take them to a nice place in Center City for dinner with the search committee. Here's the problem: we need a nice, somewhat trendy place so that we can show off the city, but it has to be $20 and below for entrees and it can't be a BYOB. We've used Fork in the past, but it's a little expensive now and we'd also like some other choices. Suggestions?

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  1. bluehensfan RE: PhillyStyle Jan 29, 2007 09:41 AM

    Are you looking for New American cuisine or can it be more ethnic? If so, there will be many more options around town.

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      PhillyStyle RE: bluehensfan Jan 30, 2007 08:26 AM

      New American would be best...I hate to commit to a particular ethnic cuisine when it's someone that I don't know (plus, we have to please 2 or 3 of my colleagues).

    2. JugglerDave RE: PhillyStyle Jan 29, 2007 09:51 AM

      It will be hard to find the place that has all entries below $20, but a majority of the entrees at L2 are under $20. However, if someone wants the filet, lobster tail, or lamb that will be a problem.


      1. G Goo RE: PhillyStyle Jan 29, 2007 11:02 AM

        Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown. Nice, trendy and cheap!


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          Hardart RE: G Goo Jan 29, 2007 11:17 AM

          Vietnam's not a bad option. I'm also thinking about Bridget Foy's on South Street or Loie as being some fairly decent possibilities in nice neighborhoods.

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          Kathi RE: PhillyStyle Jan 29, 2007 02:27 PM

          I think Bistro St. Tropez would be great! 4th Floor of the design center, with a great view of the river and 30th Street. I double checked and they said entrees were between 19 and 21 bucks. We ahve always enjoyed dinig there:)

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            PhillyStyle RE: PhillyStyle Jan 30, 2007 08:30 AM

            L2, Bistro St. Tropez, Bridget Foy, and Loie--those sound like good leads. I'd love to go to Vietnam, but I'm not sure that everyone else would be as excited...

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              urbanfabric RE: PhillyStyle Jan 30, 2007 08:46 AM

              What about Jones at 7th and Chestnut? According to their menu on philadelphia.menupages.com, entrees range from $13-22.50. It is somewhat of a "trendy" place. Food and service is consistently good, IMO.

              You might also look at Caribou Cafe. They have prix fixe menus, but their entrees ala carte are primarily around $20. And, they take reservations.

              The problem you may run into at that price range w/alcohol, is that very few of these places take reservations. So, depending on the night/time you're looking for, this could be an issue for your group.

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                PhillyStyle RE: urbanfabric Jan 30, 2007 10:48 AM

                Good point--reservations are pretty vital for this. I'll put Jones and Caribou on my list. Thanks!

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