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cheflette Oct 17, 2007 09:44 PM

I live and cook in NYC and am going to Philly for a couple of days, just to hang out and get a change of scene. Can anyone give some suggestions about a good place for dinner on a Monday - not crazy expensive, not a "scene", but just interesting modern food? Thanks.

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    Chefpaulo Oct 28, 2007 05:55 AM

    My absolute favorite BYO in center city is Bistro La Viola. Great Northern Italian fare with white table cloths, attentive staff and a wide range of daily specials. Its a close-quartered, very chummy environment so conversation and wine sharing with your neighbors is to be expected. I've never been disappointed. Prices are very reasonable (extremely reasonable for a New Yorker) and its cash only.

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      babbostoli Oct 28, 2007 01:20 AM

      Try little fish in bella vista, not what people would think, very up to the minute food since new chef bought the place this january, open every day for dinner. www.littlefishphilly.com

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        zoehaynes Oct 27, 2007 10:00 AM

        For the best desserts in town, hit Tarte in the pink building on Race between 2nd and 3rd. You'll never have a better cupcake, tarte, or cookie. Teresa is amazing.

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          gina Oct 29, 2007 03:20 AM

          Just FYI, Tartes is actually on Arch St., a block south of Race.

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          elgordo Oct 27, 2007 09:56 AM

          Hoizons if you want a take on modern vegetarian dishes .. excellent!

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            chefsklls Oct 27, 2007 07:18 AM

            Ansill is great it where chefs go to eat, interesting food, also audrey claire, awesome food great service.

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              percyn Oct 18, 2007 05:49 PM

              For interesting modern food, I would recommend Snackbar. Call Chef Johnny Mac and tell him you are a fellow chef and he will not disappoint.

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                cheflette Oct 20, 2007 08:38 AM

                thanks to all - I've made reservations at Amada and Marigold Kitchen actually. Really looking forward to it. Thanks again for the ideas...

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                  Schpsychman Oct 26, 2007 06:31 AM

                  Two of the best in the city, excellent choices. I was going to suggest Marigold Kitchen so I'm glad you found it. Enjoy your two excellent meals!

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                    brightman Oct 27, 2007 07:13 PM

                    we ate at Amada last night - 2 people, 8 plates. we ordered the house marinated olives, garlic shrimp. octopus, sepia, pernil asada, flatbread with duck, clams with chorizo, spicy potatoes, and all were very good. I would skip the flatbread if I had to do it all over. A pitcher of red sangria was a perfect complement to the meal. Total food bill was all of $72, a great value.

                2. JanR Oct 18, 2007 06:17 AM

                  Ansill. Very interesting food.


                  1. saturninus Oct 18, 2007 06:04 AM

                    Tinto, Tria, Horizons and Matyson should be open Monday.

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                      idia Oct 18, 2007 06:11 AM

                      Estia for Greek/Seafood
                      Bliss for eclectic American
                      Caffe CAsta Diva for Italian (BYOB)

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                      DaisyM Oct 18, 2007 04:50 AM

                      If you like tapas, Amada in Old City is very good.

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