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uromac Dec 12, 2007 05:28 PM

Hi! My husband is planning a philadelphia business dinner meeting for 10-12 people total and are going to take an out of state prospective business associate out who is of the sikh faith. This dinner is to take place on December 22nd (which is a Saturday night) . The first time they went out to a local South Jersey Italian establishment, however this time the dining experience should be a place dine to impress and also be suitable for all kinds of likes/dislikes for such a big group. The restaurant should also be suitable enough to discuss business without shouting (perhaps a private dining area or have a quieter dining section . BTW, the restaurant does not have to be strictly vegan. One person suggested Oceanaire or Buddhakan, but the noise level I feel might be too loud to have a conversation. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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    lawgirl3278 Dec 14, 2007 09:02 AM

    Estia has a very nice private dining room.

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      hungry100 Dec 14, 2007 08:31 AM

      XIX at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue has a wonderful private dining room.

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        bumble Dec 14, 2007 06:06 AM

        Try Fork.

        I think it's going to be difficult to find a place for so many people so close to the holidays.

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          Bashful3 Dec 14, 2007 03:44 AM

          A perfect solution to your needs could be Salento, 2216 Walnut Street. They have a smaller dining room that might be available for your entire group, even though there would be other patrons there on a Saturday night. I suggest calling them soon, for a reservation in that smaller room in the back.

          I found the menu to be fabulous and varied, with many vegetarian luscious items, like Roman artichokes--not to be missed. Management very accomodating; definitely original Pugliese cuisine, which is different subtly from both Northern and Southern Italian that we are used to.

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            baekster Dec 14, 2007 01:46 AM

            Please, do yourself a favor and find a better restaurant than oceanaire. The food was very disappointing when I went; and it was very overpriced.

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              DaisyM Dec 13, 2007 11:56 AM

              Lacroix is the best suggestion. I had forgotten about it.

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                uromac Dec 13, 2007 05:06 PM

                Love the Lacroix suggestion - except they cannot accomodate us on that date, however made the Moshulu reservation. But not in love with this one compared to Lacroix. Any other ideas? Thanks again!

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                  DaisyM Dec 14, 2007 04:31 AM

                  I agree Lacroix would have been first choice, but I planned a corporate event there and the food was very, very good. There is a small private dining room that I would book if available. See if they can put you in that room. I seem to remember it held a max of about 20.

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                bumble Dec 13, 2007 11:00 AM

                Lacroix has a small private room that will fit 10-12 people. Food and service will most likely impress.

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                  DaisyM Dec 13, 2007 10:18 AM

                  I think you should be looking for a restaurant that can give you a small private dining room. Barclay Prime and Susanna Foo both have private spaces. Another place to consider is the Moshulu. The food is very good and they have a private space that might work for you if it is available. Also, Devon is good for business dinners.

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                    termani Dec 13, 2007 09:10 AM

                    I don't understand the specification of the diner being Sikh... Not all Sikh's are vegetarian or have food preferences. Your husband should find out the specifics before choosing a restaurant.

                    1. mschow Dec 12, 2007 06:47 PM

                      I would absolutely say Buddakan is not good for a business meal. I had one there with 4 of us during the week and none of us could hear each other. I could barely hear the person speaking next to me. We took these clients out specifically to find out about a particular project they were involved with, but my associate and I could not hear a thing. Complete waste of time.
                      How about Panorama; sitting in the bar area? They do have vegetarian options; and the food is good. I am sure others on here will provide many other excellent suggestions, as well.

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