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NYC needs help for dinner in DelCo., Main Line area

emcgee04 Jan 10, 2008 05:48 PM

I live in NYC, but need to plan my father's 70th birthday dinner in the Delaware County or Main Line area. Please help, as I have no idea of the restaurants in that area.

There will be 12 adults and maybe 3 kids. Because of the kids, we'll probably go for an early reservation - 5:00ish.

Prefer a steak, seafood or other American-type cuisine. BYOB would be great, if possible. Private room would be great, if possible.

Price - reasonable. I'm used to NYC prices but the rest of my family is not. Can you do $50/person for 2-3 courses, not including drinks??

Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks for the help, and if you ever need NYC recommendations, I'm here for you.

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    sean7531 Jan 11, 2008 05:53 AM

    The first restaurant that comes to mind that you could take a look at is the Radnor Hotel http://radnorhotel.com/index.htm
    Nice location, good food, easy to get to from I-476 etc...
    It's a start..

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    1. re: sean7531
      idia Jan 11, 2008 06:19 AM

      For a wonderful BYOB in a small, intimate setting, I recommend Sola in Bryn Mawr.
      I have seen several tables where they have catered to that large a group.
      The food is excellent and, of course, you can have your choice of steak or seafood, etc. In fact, they have a famous surf and turf (filet mignon and lobster dish) that you might make sure they have on the menu before you get there.
      Hint: If you decide to go there, park across the street at the Acme Market lot. Do NOT park in the lot next to the restaurant -- you will be towed!

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        mddletown Jan 11, 2008 03:39 PM

        Glenmorgan is OK but the atmosphere isn't great for dinner in my opinion. It had a diner feel on a saturday night and we felt out of place. However, next door is a Fleming's Steakhouse and a Susanna Foo. Fleming's might be what you are looking for.

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        idia Jan 11, 2008 04:41 PM

        Problem with wonderful Fleming's is that the steaks start at $30+ and this doesn't leave much room for anything else if you plan to have a glass of wine and need to tip.
        If you feel you could up the price a bit, I highly recommend Fleming's.
        However, with Susannah Foo you can make it. And this place is really quite lovely and the Asian food is very good. I didn't mention it because you seemed to want to stick with American fare.

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          DanielleM Jan 12, 2008 01:50 PM

          Take a look at 333 Belrose too. Very classy, good food, classic dishes.


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          1. re: DanielleM
            idia Jan 12, 2008 04:06 PM

            Cassis is another alternative near 333 Belrose.

          2. vicarious Jan 13, 2008 04:48 AM

            To get a private room, you might want to consider the Old Guardhouse in Gladwyne, Blush or Tango in Bryn Mawr, or (more of private nook) 333 Belrose, but these are not byobs. I think that Spamps in Conshohocken also has a private room, but I've never eaten there. For byobs, in addition to Sola (a favorite), check out Cafe Fresko in Bryn Mawr and Blackfish in Conshohocken.

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              OnionGirl Jan 13, 2008 07:26 AM

              Although it is predominantly French-American, I highly recommend "George's" in Wayne, PA. It's on West Lancaster Avenue and is an offshoot restaurant by the famed Georges Perrier. They have a private room upstairs; I researched it for a client of mine (I'm an event planner). Last I heard, a plated dinner is $45/pp and they offer steak and seafood. Beautiful setting; beautiful amosphere. Very polished, but relaxed.

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                TheLatestDish Jan 13, 2008 07:41 AM

                I also think Belrose is a great option. They have a private room and a semi-private room. In addition, Bistro Cassis has an area in the back of the dining room that is semi-private. A beautiful new BYOB in Berwyn is bistro M. But, no private room. Fleming's is great. But, very expensive. Alba in Malvern is also a wonderful BYOB. But, no private room. Good luck!!

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