Rehearsal Dinner near Center City
I'm a Boston hound looking to reserve a space for a 12 person rehearsal dinner on Saturday July 4. I have been spending some time on Chowhound trying to narrow down the options but I would love to have your help making a decision.
Here are our parameters:
-11 adults + 1 13 month old child
-We do not want a noisy restaurant
-Nothing too adventurous for the families
-Not too close to the fireworks (ruling out Ansill, for example)
-$20-$30 average entree price
Estia looks like a good choice but it seems a little too expensive and maybe too adventurous.
Branzino is closed on July 4.
Davios might be a little too expensive.
Matyson and Melograno seem too noisy.
Restaurants on my mind include Osteria, Supper, Paradiso, Roys (yes, I know its a chain but my parents like the food). Should I break the budget and go with Estia?
Why does your firework parameter rule out Ansill? The big firework display is behind the art museum, and doesn't start until pretty late. Ansill is at 3rd and Bainbridge. There may be some at Penn's Landing, but that's still a little bit of a walk from Ansill. Are you concerned about crowds or noise from the fireworks?
I don't think restaurants are generally busy that night... you might be able to get some private space and a menu for your group that accommodates your budget. Estia and Osteria would be lovely. As would James, Lacroix, Meritage, Marigold (West Philly), and White Dog (University City).
Does it have to be in center city? Is that where you are staying? Center City is total gridlock on the 4th. Why not try something in northern liberties or cherry hill. Bistro7 is small but may work since that's not a busy night. Bar Ferdinand is a great place for a party. Siri's in Cherry Hll is a beautiful space with great food and byo.