Good group dining in Philadelphia
My girlfriend is graduating from college next month and her parents wanted me to select a restaurant downtown we could all go to afterwards. It'll probably be 15-20 of us.
They wanted me to find a place, but I'm having trouble finding something that would be appropriate. There's a ton of places I love to eat downtown, but almost all of them are a)so expensive that I'd feel bad that her parents are picking up the check for that many people or b)Not big enough/not the kind of place you'd recommend to your girlfriend's parents and extended family for "event" dining.
Some of the places I'm considering are:
Cantina Los Caballitos
Ralph's Italian Restaurant
How expensive is 'so expensive'? Ralph's is not that good, Cantina used to be good but it's gone downhill a bit, and it wouldn't work for a group of 15-20 anyway. I've never been to La Castagne.
Perhaps you could list a few of the places you ruled out as too expensive. La Famiglia's entrees start at $27, so I'm not sure of your price range.
Big price point difference there!
Cafe Valentino at 3rd and Federal handles that size group and is BYO - not sure about their more center City locations.
I prefer Villa D'Roma to Ralphs, but that's another thread. Villa can take 15 -20.
Might do Ristorante Panorama rather than La Famiglia - same family (the Sena's) but panorama is a bit less expensive (and has great wine selection)
If cost is a major consideration, your group might be better off with a pre selected menu that will provide a 3 or 4 course meal with a limited choice menu, or 'family style' pre chosen dishes.. That way, you'll know the cost up front. If you can locate a BYOB, or choose a soda/wine carafe per table, option you should be able to pull it off for a very managable cost.
Thanks for all the good suggestions so far, I'm running them by her mom on Sunday so I'll let you know what we decide on.
I second Konak and Las Cazuelas as I've had fun group dinners at both. You might also consider The Plough & The Stars which has a varied menu and a full bar. It's a beautiful space, especially if you can dine in the upstairs area, for a special occasion.