Saturday Night Dinner for 7 in CC Phila - BYO possible?
We have a friends/family coming from out of town next Saturday. This is somewhat last minute, but I am hoping we can get a reservation at a BYO for dinner. The ideal place would have excellent food, be priced at no more than $35-$40 pp, possibly have outside seating, tolerate some boisterousness (i.e., be "fun" for a small crowd), and be walking distance from queen village (2nd st/Catherine). We took 2 members of the group to Cochon previously and loved it, so that is a possibility (tho no outdoor seating, and I'd like to branch out). We'd be willing to cab it if the right place was across town, and might consider a non-byo that was fun/good food and walkable.
Is this an impossible dream? Where would you go? Any suggestions?
You live near some of the city's best restaurants! Ansill and Southwark are right there, neither is BYO but they are both great, and Southwark has outdoor seating. I was going to suggest Cochon until I got midway through your post. The Ugly American is also excellent, though again not BYO, and no outdoor seating. It's a block south of Washington on Front St.
I think you may want to forget about outdoor seating for this occassion, even places that have it will have a hard time seating 7 people at the same table outside, where the seating is usually on the sidewalk. Southwark may be able to accommodate you though, their outdoor seating is in a little courtyard separated from the sidewalk.
Pat Bombino's at 9th and Catherine fits your criteria--great, fairly inexpensive food, outside tables, and not too stuffy or formal. I would most recommend the chicken Alfredo, gnocchi, and if it's on the menu that night, calamari.