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Upscale Philly Restaurant with TV in bar?

arb274 Oct 1, 2008 08:21 AM

I just moved into the area and am not very familiar with the restaurant scene. My parents are coming this weekend and I am looking for a great, nice restaurant to take them to. They like all foods from sushi to Italian so any style will do. I want to take them to a nice upscale/tasty restaurant. However, My boyfriend is a die hard Phillies fan and as we all know they are playing on Saturday night during dinner time. Can anyone recommend a place where I can please everyone (upscale restaurant with tvs in bar area)?


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    jl0328 RE: arb274 Oct 1, 2008 10:13 AM

    That's a tough one..upscale with a TV. I think Tequila's has TVs. Not sure how upscale you're looking for, but what about a bar with good food..Good Dog or Standard Tap..

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      Hardart RE: jl0328 Oct 1, 2008 02:43 PM

      Go really upscale -- Lacroix at the Rittenhouse. Let him discretely sneak out between courses to the Boathouse Row bar for game updates.

      Or buy TiVo already.

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        Chinon00 RE: jl0328 Oct 2, 2008 08:11 AM

        There has never been a TV at Tap.

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        Buckethead RE: arb274 Oct 1, 2008 10:36 AM

        Is your boyfriend going to eat separately from everyone else, watching the game in the bar? Or is everyone going to eat in the bar? If having a TV nearby is a must, I think you will have better luck at a good gastropub, as jl0328 suggests. I checked out the new Pub and Kitchen recently, the food is great and they have flatscreens in the bar.

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          Bigley9 RE: arb274 Oct 1, 2008 11:58 AM

          The London has tv in the bar and has good food (not great food but good)

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            Philly Ray RE: arb274 Oct 1, 2008 03:02 PM

            Paradiso in South Philly has great Italian food and a TV behind the bar. If you sit in the right seats, your husband might even be able to watch the game during dinner. I'll let you decide if that's appropriate.


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              howiseverything RE: arb274 Oct 1, 2008 11:19 PM

              Brasserie Perrier has a screen in their bar/lounge.

              1. rabidog RE: arb274 Oct 2, 2008 09:33 AM

                i agree that a gastropub is your best bet here. it's really a shame azure closed - classy food & high definition tvs. we don't have one at home so we eat at bars for the flyers games all the time. :)

                my rec for you, if you wanna stay in center city, is to check out charlie's pub on 3rd st right around arch. i often call it the multiple personalities bar - there's sorta something for everyone there. it's a nicer sports bar; it's got nice TVs and a good menu with great specials.

                1. juice RE: arb274 Oct 2, 2008 11:40 AM

                  I like Charlie's but i wouldn't take the family there. 4 people would not fit in those booths. I'd choose Capital Grill. Pricey but good food plus he can bounce back and forth between the bar. I ran into Mike Schmidt in there a week ago. Actually had a conversation with him at the bar while the Phils were on.

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