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Rehearsal Dinner in or near Bala Cynwyd?

njeggy1 Apr 26, 2007 04:38 AM

I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for a reasonable priced rehearsal dinner in or near Bala Cynwyd. Guests will be staying at the City Avenue Hilton, so it needs to be close to there, either accessible by car or train.


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    MothaTucker Apr 29, 2007 04:54 PM

    Eviva on Montgomery Ave just past Bala Cynwyd on the way to Narberth. Parking, great food, upscale, they may be above your budget but probably negotiable and close to City Line

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      lillotis May 1, 2007 10:13 AM

      I have been to RD's at both Evviva and Aldar- both amazing! Aldar is more affordable with a great back private room and delicous fish and Greek/Mid East specialties!

      La Collina may be another great option and is very close to hotel.

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        saturninus May 1, 2007 12:04 PM

        I have not been to Eviva but have been to Aldar. It isn't amazing at all, but it's close, and as far as location your options are very limited. If location is a priority go with these options, but these restaurants don't compare to something you may get with a small drive.

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      sylviag Apr 26, 2007 12:44 PM

      Have you checked out what the Hilton has to offer? Sometimes the hotels have a package that is less expensive than you would have thought. I know that they have several function rooms. They might be able to work something out for you.

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        njeggy1 Apr 26, 2007 05:13 PM

        we'll probably be doing a breakfast in the Hilton the day after the wedding, so we would like to go somewhere different for the rehearsal dinner.

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          sylviag Apr 26, 2007 06:09 PM

          The New Tavern on Montgomery Avenue, as PhillyJazz suggested, should fit your needs. Traditional kind of menu, attractive place, and they're used to large parties.

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            njeggy1 Apr 26, 2007 08:51 PM

            Thank you everyone for your help! I'll check out Chops, New Tavern and Aldar's.

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              C Mo Apr 27, 2007 03:54 PM

              I would look in Manayunk. It would be much more fun for people to go out afterwards.

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                phillyjazz Apr 27, 2007 04:34 PM

                ... but awful for parking. Also, the cops are just DYING to give tickets to non-locals who make a wrong turn down 100 feet of an unmarked one-way street. There are a ton of neat places, but if you go, splurge for a lot, and don't wander off Main Street. It's not dangerous (except for the cops.)

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                  njeggy1 Apr 27, 2007 06:07 PM

                  Manayunk has always sounded fun to me, but some of our guests won't even have cars and I don't want to force people to get cabs. At least New Tavern is pretty close to the Hilton (1.5 miles). I like the convenience of that.

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                    idia Apr 29, 2007 09:50 AM

                    Keep it simple sweetheart!
                    The Tavern or Aldar (right next door) should fit the bill just perfectly without busting your pocketbook.

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                      Bride of the Juggler Apr 30, 2007 06:22 AM

                      You can also consider hiring a bus to take people from the hotel to/from dinner. Thank you.

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          productionjon Apr 26, 2007 12:35 PM

          Chops on city line is an option. Probably toward the upper end of your range, but there is a large private dining room that could hold your event.

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            susan1353 Apr 26, 2007 06:09 AM

            How many people? What time of year? What's reasonably priced?

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              njeggy1 Apr 26, 2007 06:19 AM

              40-50, 60 TOPS people, May 16, 2008, Not really sure yet, but probably about $2000-4000, so $50 pp TOPS, but I would really like it to be less. Thank you!

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                FoolForFood Apr 26, 2007 08:17 AM

                Mikado has a second floor that's nice, thoughit may not hold 60 people.

              2. re: susan1353
                phillyjazz Apr 26, 2007 07:36 AM

                Delmonicos's might be a bit Pricey. You could check the New Tavern on Montgomery Ave. It's classy and very reasonable. Aldar's Bisto can accommodate large parties, but your guests would all have to like Middle Eastern.

                You're also close to Mel's on the Hill (mostly Italian) in nearby Belmont Hills. Actually you're not THAT far from Manayunk, but parking is a drag there ...

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