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DT Philly For New Years Eve

I'm coming up from Florida for NYE and staying at the Sofitel on 17th street. Any good recs for a nice dinner. My favorite types of Food are steak and sushi, but i'm up for anything. I'd say max price level is a typical ruth's chris meal for two.

Also any ideas for where to head for the rest of the night would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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  1. I think you're across the street from Davio's. I've have a few very good meals there. The steaks are pricey, but really good. The also have a few really good pastas on the menu.

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    1. re: ndelson

      thanks for the help. their menu looks great. I'm hoping they have some tables available

    2. You could also look at two new steak places, Butcher and Singer, and Del Friscos

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      1. re: rocknroll52

        Is delfriscos good? we have one hear in orlando that is not part of the chain and it is fantastic

      2. We had dinner last year at Smith & Wollensky. It was awesome. I would recommend you log onto (and create a free account) to www.opentable.com You will find a ton of restaurants and their current availability for reservations. I also think there is a place for NYE restaurants that list their dinner menu. A lot of these places only serve a limited menu and or have specific seatings. It's definitely worth a look.

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        1. re: Hellolaura

          Here's another great link I just found: http://foobooz.com/2008/12/new-years-...

          1. re: Hellolaura

            thanks so much, that was a great website

            1. re: fsupilam33

              So it has come down to these three:

              Butcher & Singer, Smith & Wollensky, and Del Friscos.

              Leaning toward Smith & Wollensky, but Butcher and singer has been getting good reviews, and a freind of mine said he had the best meal of his life at Del Friscos.

              Any last miniute advice?

              1. re: fsupilam33

                I went to Del Frisco's this past Saturday night and Butcher and Singer about 3 weeks ago. Del Frisco's had a much better scene than butcher and singer. Butcher and Singer's bar was way too small and the service was stuffy (my lamb chops were awful). DelFrisco's had a great crowd but 2 out of the 3 steaks we ordered were overcooked. Everything else was great though

                1. re: ginasteinberg

                  Funny timing - I am also heading to Philly for NYE and staying at the Sofitel. I've only eaten at the Del Frisco's in NYC and Dallas (the original, I believe). Steaks and service are really good although the Dallas one edges out NYC. They have a fantastic lemon cake for dessert that is HUGE.

                  1. re: TGO

                    Well TGO i've heard there is a cool bar at the sofitel so maybei'll see you there. I've pretty much decided to go to Del Friscos. I've been to the one in orlano which is excellent although not part of the chain. I have heard the atmosphere in Philly is fantastic

                    1. re: fsupilam33

                      Both places will be in walking distance of your hotel. As for the bar at the Sofitel...it's alright, nothing special. My suggestion would be making the reservations at either Del Frisco's or Butcher and Singer and whatever place you don't go to....have drinks at the other? After dinner, I would walk into Rittenhouse square. I would recommend either the Devon, Parc or Rouge for the rest of your evening. Just a tip for earlier on....the Devon (which is close to the hotel) has a good happy hour. I can't remember what time it starts but the have steamed lobsters for something like 15 dollars. They have this happy hour even on NYE....hope this helps!

                      Keep in mind, a lot of restaurants are closed to the masses, on NYE, as they tout their Prixe Fixe menus and only allow those access to their restaurant, if they are dining there. Not all of them do it, but a lot.

                      Davio's is another nice place to have a cocktail before going out.

                      Hope this helps!!!

                      1. re: Hellolaura

                        Thanks to all that applied. We ended up having lunch at Devon seafood and the dinner at delfriscos. Lucnh at devon seafood was very good, except for the clam chowder. It was very bland. In talking to some others I guess i should have got the gumbo.

                        Dinner at Delfriscos was outstanding. I think it is even better than the orignal del frisco here in orlando. The steak was the best I have ever had, and the appetizers were wonderful. The crab gnocchi is phenomenal. The atmosphere is top notch as well.