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Recommendations for special-but-unstuffy celebration dinner?

christianne Jun 6, 2007 06:43 PM

I will be in Philly two weeks from Friday to celebrate (hopefully) the completion of my preliminary examinations for a doctorate. Because I've had my nose in a book from last summer to now, I'm kind of out of the loop as to what's new and exciting on the restaurant scene. I'm hoping to find somewhere that has interesting, creative cuisine but is also elegant and appropriate for, you know, a "special" dinner. Any recommendations?

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    idia RE: christianne Jun 7, 2007 05:11 AM



    1. saturninus RE: christianne Jun 7, 2007 06:00 AM

      Marigold Kitchen

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        Buckethead RE: christianne Jun 7, 2007 06:33 AM

        You could go to Osteria. There's also that new place, Osteria. I've also heard that Marc Vetri opened a new restaurant, Oster-something, it's supposed to be excellent..

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          idia RE: Buckethead Jun 7, 2007 06:45 AM

          Huh? I am confused by the previous post. Osteria is owned by Mark Vetri. Is there another Osteria?

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            Buckethead RE: idia Jun 7, 2007 07:53 AM

            No, I just really love the place and am recommending it three times in one post because it's awesome, not to mention new (which the OP mentioned) and a good place for a celebration dinner.

            Marigold Kitchen, for example, is a great restaurant but every time I've been there you could hear a pin drop in the dining room, not what I'd consider the ideal atmosphere for a celebration.

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          MDuges RE: christianne Jun 7, 2007 08:09 AM

          I also vote for Osteria. My husband just graduated from Law School and we celebrated there with our families. The food is fabulous and the vibe is "unstuffy", perfect for a celebration dinner. Go and enjoy!!

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            JanR RE: MDuges Jun 7, 2007 08:27 AM

            How difficult is it to get in these days? I went on a Sunday evening the first week it was open and it was crowded then. Can you even get a weekend reservation?

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              mschow RE: JanR Jun 7, 2007 08:36 AM

              Weekends Osteria is packed. I seriously doubt you can get a reservation; I tried to book one for next weekend and was told they were almost 3 weeks or longer for a weekend reservation! I also tried opentable.com, and was completely unsuccessful.

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                christianne RE: mschow Jun 7, 2007 03:27 PM

                Well, I bow to your collective superior knowledge--I had been debating between Striped Bass (which did seem a little stuffy) and Tinto (but I've been to Amada, so...). I called and made a 6 p.m. reservation for Osteria on Friday the 22nd (I was surprised to get it, too) and am looking forward to checking it out! Thanks for the recommendations!

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