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CKahaney Jul 6, 2008 01:26 PM

I am looking for a good restaurant in Chinatown that can seat 300 - 400 for Dinner with a presentation afterwards. It has to have decent sightlines for a stage. Can anyone recommend some places for me to look at in Philadelphia's Chinatown or anywhere in the area? Thanks

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    Bashful3 RE: CKahaney Jul 6, 2008 01:46 PM

    I'm having an odd reaction to a perfectly reasonable question: in Philadelphia? If yours is not a typo, and you truly are talking about seating 300-400 for dinner, perhaps a Chinese-catered affair at the Convention Center?

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      crazyspice RE: Bashful3 Jul 6, 2008 04:24 PM

      I am with you on this question! I will be eagerly waiting for the details.

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      Philly Ray RE: CKahaney Jul 6, 2008 06:04 PM

      I don't know about Chinatown, but Nam Phuong (Vietnamese) on 11th and Washington Ave. might be able to fit that many. And since it is pretty much one big open room, the sightlines should be pretty good.


      1. saturninus RE: CKahaney Jul 7, 2008 06:21 AM

        most restaurants in chinatown can fit up to 150 people

        1. CKahaney RE: CKahaney Jul 7, 2008 08:08 AM

          Thanks everyone who weighed in on this. Okay I will re-set the question. In your humble opinions what would be the largest Chinese Restaurants in Philly's Chinatown or the area? I see that Yang Ming up on the main line can do up to 450, which translates into 250 max in one room, and I am looking at that but still holding out hope for downtown. Thoughts?

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            mazza3 RE: CKahaney Jul 7, 2008 08:18 AM

            ocean city (on 9th) has a very large upstairs room with a stage and very good sitelines. i think it may be able to accomodate 300-400. it is a very large room and there are tons of tables, however i've only been there for dim sum (which is good not great).

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              cwdonald RE: mazza3 Jul 7, 2008 08:31 AM

              You might check with Joe Poon, who has a catering hall. Do not know its capacity.


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                CKahaney RE: mazza3 Jul 7, 2008 09:10 AM

                Many thanks! Ocean City looks perfect. As we get closer, I'll let you know what we're planning!

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                  FoolForFood RE: mazza3 Jul 7, 2008 09:44 AM

                  I agree - the dim sum is very below average. Hopefully the dinner options are better.

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                    CKahaney RE: FoolForFood Jul 8, 2008 05:57 PM

                    Alright so 3 of us drove up from NYC and went to Ocean City today.
                    The Dim Sum was mediocre at best. We ordered a vegetable dish and Kung Pao Chicken as a test, I mean come on, if you can't pull that off right? The dish was white, WHITE, no color, ergo no spice, but mysteriously, no chicken! I fear we may be back to square one here.
                    Any idea how many Joe Poon's catering hall can hold? We walked over there but couldn't tell from the outside and as you all know, it doesn't operate as a restaurant anymore.

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                      mazza3 RE: CKahaney Jul 9, 2008 07:25 AM

                      i'm sorry about that, i haven't been there in a while, but i knew that the space would be appropriate. boo to the hiss that it is so stinky now (maybe it was then, and my memory was just being kind to it).

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                        saturninus RE: CKahaney Jul 9, 2008 08:40 AM

                        I don't think you are going to find impressive Chinese fare (unless Joseph Poon can cater) for the party of your size.

                        I would look into the banquet hall at the Loews Hotel - I believe it can fit 300-400 and is close by.

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                  j00jo RE: CKahaney Jul 9, 2008 07:40 AM

                  This may be a little far-fetched, but my hubby is a member at http://www.jcmelrosecc.com/ and they do beautiful catering....maybe its worht investigating.

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