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Nice dinner for job candidates in Center City?

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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. 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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    1. re: bluehensfan

      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. 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. Vietnam Restaurant in Chinatown. Nice, trendy and cheap!


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        1. re: G Goo

          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.

        2. 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:)

          1. 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...

            1. 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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              1. re: urbanfabric

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