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Nov 7, 2007 07:02 AM

Where should we go for my 50th birthday?

I'm a cook, a chowhound, a lover of food of all kinds (but prefer simplicity done really well). I'm turning 50, and we want to go into Philly (don't get there often enough). I know this is annoyingly broad, but got any recommendations? I'd like somewhere cozy and wonderful. If I had the time and money, I'd fly to Chez Panisse. I'm hoping to book it tonight, as we want to dine a month from today. Thanks for any help-- you guys are great.

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  1. Vetri ( would be perfect, if they have a reservation available.

    1. I really think that brunch at Lacroix is very, very special and birthday worthy.

      1. Lacroix or Le Bec Fin are very special and although expensive, live up to the hype. I've been to Vetri 5 or 6 times and only when someone else is paying. I think it's overpriced and over rated

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        1. re: Den

          How about the original Morimoto? It's not cosy, but it's cool looking and they're so nice there. If you told them it was a special occasion, they'll treat you well.

        2. LaCroix isn't really cozy, but you don't feel like you're in a large room surrounded by people. I love celebrating occasions there. It's unique.

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          1. re: sylviag

            Thanks! Keep ideas posting if you have them. I made a few reservations, and will cancel (WAY ahead of time) the ones we're not taking. I have been to Vetri once, and loved it. I'm on the wait list for there. It'd be nice to go somewhere we've never been...
            I went to Le Bec Fin once (for lunch) and liked parts of it very much, but overall it's a bit much for me. I'm a simple gal. Silver domes covering the entrees as they travel to the table don't turn me on.

            1. re: sylviag

              Try Osteria. Mark Vetri's other spot on No. Broad

            2. all kinds eh? i just had a truly special meal at horizons, the all-vegan place at 7th and south. i mention them because i think your statement 'simplicity done really well' sums up my thoughts on my dinner there earlier this week.

              someone else mentioned morimoto - which i think is cozy in its own right... if you go there, you must do the omakase, though!