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Nov 26, 2007 07:40 AM


I am taking out a girl for the third time that I feel strongly about and can definitely see a future with.. she lives in philadelphia and I'm from New York and don't know philly restaurants (aside from the main Steven Star ones).

I want to take her somewhere special, preferably somewhere that she most likely hasn't been. I know about 50 of these type of "in-the-know" spots in NY, but I'm lost when it comes to the city of brotherly love... you would be doing me a HUGE service by helping me with this cause... THANK YOU in advance!!

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  1. Where did you go the first two times?

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    1. re: Buckethead

      First time was just for drinks ... went to Lucky Strike... had drinks and bowled (i was terrible, which made her feel good that she only got a 37!)... then brunch at Jones on Sunday...


      1. re: Captain O Toro

        Chloe in Old City (BYO)
        Caffe Casta Diva (BYO)
        Dmitri's (BYO)

        1. re: saturninus

          Agree with Satuninus. Would add Pumpkin (BYO) and Southwark. Maybe Horizons? (Much-discussed gourmet vegan; you can search the board for the raves.)

      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

        It's really hard to guess which cool spots she may not have been to before. A factor that might be important to you is noise level. Being able to hear each other in a relatively quiet environment could be crucial. Le Bec Fin for lunch might qualify, Vetri would also--way over the top in luxe, and has to make an impression if you can afford it. I think Osteria is uniquely cool, and maybe there are times when it would be quiet. In any case, if you decide on Osteria, ask for the quietest table in the room.

        1. re: Bashful3

          The quietest table at Osteria is in the back room, which really has no personality. I agree with your question though - how much are you looking to wow? Are you looking to knock her socks off at a place like Vetri or Le Bec (as high end and oppulent as they come) or more of an out of the way place others haven't heard of? What budget are you working with?

          Personally, I have always been more impressed with a little restaurant know-how as compared to being taken to the most expensive place in town. It's less overwhelming and more impressive.

          1. re: saturninus

            Money is not an issue, but I also am unimpressed with guys that feel it is necessary to take a girl to a well-known top-of-the-line restaurant. I don't think Le Bec Fin would be appropirate for a number of reasons. I've heard great things about Vetri. And obviously, I would like somewhere where we can hear each other!! The ideal place would have a great ambiance, excellent food and top-notch service..

            1. re: Captain O Toro

              Then I would revise my reccomendation to Chloe, Tinto and Gayle.

      2. how about white dog cafe? if you can get a table in the piano bar room (or whatever they call it), it's really cozy and romantic.

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        1. re: missfunkysoul

          I love the ambiance and character of White Dog but find the food to be sub par. Everything I have ordered there was not executed well and it is not inexpensive.

          1. re: saturninus

            really? my husband and i were just there last week, and had an excellent meal. i've never been disappointed there...

            1. re: saturninus

              I agree, the food there took a dive after Michael O'Halloran left and hasn't recovered since. I also love the place itself and the ideals they uphold with their responsible business practices, but it's a restaurant first and foremost and the food there hasn't been on par with the prices for a few years.

              1. re: saturninus

                I agree. I love the atmosphere at The White Dog, but find the food to be lacking and expensive for what it is. Sad, as this used to be a favorite of mine.

            2. Although the founding chef just left, the rest of his team remains at Matyson, one of my favorite Philly BYOBs. They have a great regular menu and also have a four course prix fixe from Monday to Thursday that usually revolves around a common theme, e.g., this week it is mushrroms.


              1. May I ask your age or a general range? That can be helpful to pick an appropriate restaurant. Also, what kind of vibe are you looking for? Romantic, hip, laid-back? Any particular cuisine?