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Philadelphia upscale but not top end

gregleck Jun 28, 2007 02:49 PM

Looking for a Philadelphia, Center City restaurant where I won't be overdressed if wearing a suit and tie, but not at the high end such as Le Bec Fin, Susanna Foo, Striped Bass. Wondering if Alma de Cuba would fit the bill? Years ago the restaurant at Hotel Atop the Bellvue, with live piano music, would be what I had in mind, but I believe that restaurant has changed.

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  1. monavano RE: gregleck Jun 28, 2007 02:54 PM

    Ah! I found your new thread. I had a couple more ideas:
    I think Amada in Old City would fit the bill. The food is fantastic. Also M restaurant at the Morris House Hotel. Check out James too.
    Osteria is more casual than Vetri. But, Vetri is excellent.


    Also, can you clarify if you are intersted in byob?

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    1. re: monavano
      Tonyjlive RE: monavano Jun 28, 2007 03:22 PM

      Word on the street is M will be closing soon, in fact I think as soon as this Sat. It's a shame bc the chef is very good and the place is beautiful. Hopefully he starts a new place with cheaper rent...Think Graduate Hospital area Mr. Katz!!

      1. re: Tonyjlive
        gregleck RE: Tonyjlive Jun 28, 2007 03:32 PM

        M IS closing this Saturday - the Inquirer had a note about this, as well as another long time restaurant which is closing the same day.

        As for my Saturday quest, usually BYOBs are fine but for this night I'd like to be able to order a cocktail and a good wine.

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          monavano RE: gregleck Jun 28, 2007 03:33 PM

          Wow, thanks for letting me know about M. Too bad. What other resto is closing?

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      sylviag RE: gregleck Jun 28, 2007 05:07 PM

      If you like fish/seafood, Estia has great ambience, very good food, and I seem to remember music.

      We liked James very much - very attractive place, small portions, excellent food and service.

      You might enjoy being at Prime Rib, which has live piano music, lovely room, and plenty of other menu choices in addition to meat.

      1. joluvscards RE: gregleck Jun 28, 2007 05:09 PM

        Not too many suit/jacket places in Philly in the summer

        Prime Rib
        Nineteen - atop the bellevue
        Le Bar Lyonnaise

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          sylviag RE: joluvscards Jun 28, 2007 06:52 PM

          I heard that men no longer have to wear jackets at Prime Rib, though I imagine that there will still be some men wearing jackets.
          And Sunday evenings there are now BYOB and the prix-fixe menu.

          1. re: sylviag
            idia RE: sylviag Jun 28, 2007 07:32 PM

            Bliss and Estia both fill the bill for you.
            You can google menus.

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