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Dining for my 21st in Philly

sfpiano02 Jul 10, 2007 01:51 PM

I want somewhere I don't need a reservation, but also somewhere you wouldn't go every week (Burgers and fries not on the menu). I'm also looking for either italian, french, or modern american.

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    JanR RE: sfpiano02 Jul 10, 2007 01:53 PM

    What area of the city? BYOB or full bar? What is your budget?

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      sfpiano02 RE: JanR Jul 10, 2007 04:50 PM

      Sorry, closer to center city but I'm not too worried about that part; full bar; $20-30.

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        idia RE: sfpiano02 Jul 10, 2007 05:29 PM

        Try Pod.

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          Hardart RE: idia Jul 11, 2007 06:54 AM

          Which is neither French, nor Italian, nor modern American, but neither is Amada, which I'd recommend, though you do need a reservation there. But for a 21st birthday fun atmosphere, it's my pick.

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            JanR RE: Hardart Jul 11, 2007 07:00 AM

            Good suggestion. I was going to suggest Ansill. I don't know if either will let them remain within their budget, if $20-30 includes drinks.

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      Kramer RE: sfpiano02 Jul 11, 2007 07:04 AM

      For a 21st Birthday, why not someplace like Continental. Cost control is somewhat easier, lots of fun drink options...While I absolutely agree that Ansill and Amada are both wonderful, I would think the bar atmosphere is better at either Continental for a 21st.

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        lawgirl3278 RE: Kramer Jul 11, 2007 07:19 AM

        I was also going to recommend the Continental. I prefer the Midtown location, but both are a good fit.

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          pathgeek RE: lawgirl3278 Jul 11, 2007 07:52 AM

          Italian of moderate price and excellent food (but requiring reservation)--and BYO-- is L'Angolo. 15th and Porter, I believe. Amada, as suggested above, is a great idea. Ansill.... well.... if you like small plates (I think it's not the bang for the buck). For more money, go to Pif-- Ansill's first restaurant (French bistro, BYO) for a wonderful dinner (about $50/person).
          If you like Sushi-- Kisso.

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            saturninus RE: pathgeek Jul 11, 2007 09:08 AM

            Pif is closed. Amada would be an amazing time but you need a reservation. L'angolo is BYO and not right for this particulat occasion. I reccomend (for what you are looking for) the Continental, Pod and Valanni for reasonble prices, fun cocktails and the hopes of getting in without a reservation.

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              Buckethead RE: saturninus Jul 11, 2007 10:28 AM

              Pif isn't closed just yet, their last day is the 14th. They're probably booked, though, and it's not a place you'd go to on your 21st birthday anyway.

              Continental Midtown is a good choice. It's big, even if you have to wait for a table it probably wouldn't be a long wait. They've also got the roof deck there, which is fun. You can't order the full menu from the roof deck, though.

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                JanR RE: Buckethead Jul 13, 2007 05:53 AM

                Speaking of which, has anyone been to Pif in this last week?

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          Bride of the Juggler RE: Kramer Jul 11, 2007 08:02 AM

          I also recommend Continental West, and I'd add Valanni as another fun place with great drinks and ambiance for a 21st birthday. Cuba Libre is also fun and has great drinks and food, but the food is more Latin/Cuban than modern American. Thank you.

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            mazza3 RE: Bride of the Juggler Jul 12, 2007 10:01 AM

            continental west is definitely a better choice than the old city one, but for a 21st it won't let you get as silly and loud as you want to be. alot of the 20-somethings that go there take themselves too seriously.

            my 21st was spent watching my friends throw up margaritas at cobacabana on south street and it was great. :D i was also the only one who didn't get laid that night. *sigh* (disclaimer - bf at the time was from new zealand and not around).

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              Bashful3 RE: mazza3 Jul 12, 2007 11:01 AM

              For "21", the atmosphere, food, menu: Osteria. Truly a swinging, in place. North Broad Street, not that far from City Hall. You can hold the bill down by what you choose, including pizzas.

        3. juice RE: sfpiano02 Jul 13, 2007 10:06 AM


          You are 21. Skip the dinner, pool your money and and tie one on at a bar that you could get into before. In 20 years, you won't remember where you ate, but you will remember that awful shot of 151 that made you dance on the bar. Afterwards, Grab a late night slice of pizza.

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