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Where in Philadelphia would you go if it was on the company dime?

I'm going out to dinner next week with my best friend, a serious foodie in from out of town. I'm looking for an amazing recommendation for dinner. She had suggested Morimoto (to give you an idea of price range), which is great, but we've both been there before and I'd love to take her somewhere different that will knock both our socks off. I'd prefer not BYOB for this particular outing - don't want to have to trouble myself about which wine to bring!

I've heard terrific things about Zahav, and it would be unusual cuisine for both of us, so that's a thought. I would like somewhere rather quiet since we enjoy a nice chat on the rare occasions we get to see each other. It will be a Thursday night. What are your thoughts? We eat anything. :)

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  1. Well, if it's on the company dime, just go down to your local AIG office and follow the folks when they go to lunch!

    1. on a more serious note......have you tried Tinto? It's not outrageous on price, but it is pretty good!

      1. My first thought was Amada - but rather quiet and Amada don't go in the same sentence. How about Ansill?

        1. See if you can get a reservation at Vetri.

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          1. re: Boognish

            Thanks, guys! I haven't tried any of the above-named restaurants (I have a kid, so going out is a special treat right now) although of course I have heard of and drooled over them. I thought of Amada as well, but is it terribly noisy?

            Vetri is a wonderful dream, but I wouldn't feel right letting her pay for something THAT expensive. :)

            Keep the recommendations coming - this is great!

            1. re: oliviasaru

              There are some quieter pockets of Amada - the back room for example - but I don't know if you can request it.
              Vetri - had the pleasure this past weekend - are you sure you'd feel that bad?
              How about James?

              1. re: Bigley9

                We went there for the first time Saturday and requested the lounge as recommended somewhere else on these boards. We ended up right under a speaker, but it was still great for conversation.

          2. I would get absolutely stuffed on high quality sushi/ sashimi.