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sadiefox May 1, 2009 08:34 AM

Planning a low-key "bachelorette" party and looking for a good restaurant for dinner. We'd need reservations for 12 people, on a Friday or Saturday. Most of my favorite restaurants are way too small to host so many people so I am drawing a blank! All types of cuisine could be considered, adventurous ok, ethnic ok. Even a BYOB could be ok. I'd like somewhere nice with good food in the $20-ish per entree range. Any part of the city could work too. Only place I can think of now is Vietnam. Thanks for any other suggestions!

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    barryg RE: sadiefox May 1, 2009 09:38 AM

    Mama Maria's is great and fun for groups (South Philly, E. Passyunk). Also look into Marrakesh near South Street. Maybe not the best food ever, but it's food, and fun environment and process that is in your price range.

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      BeerFreak RE: sadiefox May 1, 2009 10:16 AM

      quick list-
      el vez, bridgid's in fairmount, ralphs on 9th and catherine, or give modo mio a shot....i doubt they'll be able to accomodate, but worth a shot

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        mazza3 RE: BeerFreak May 1, 2009 11:45 AM

        i like all of these places, but el vez is the only one that is upbeat enough to be appropriate for a bachelorette party. you definitely want something fun. i've organized dinners for two bachelorette parties and they were at suilan (susanna foo's joint at the borgata, since closed. it was SUPER AWESOME) and a place in vegas that i forget. tequila's could be fun too, as could villa di roma (though i hate their food, the waiteresses will probably un-surly themselves for a bunch of gals). you want somewhere a little loud too so your party of 12 doesn't dominate. or you could always eat at north bowl while bowling and rent the upstairs lanes....

        get thee to modo mio on your own though, stat! NOM!

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        Boognish RE: sadiefox May 1, 2009 11:02 AM

        Marigold Kitchen has a few nice rooms upstairs that can host a party that size. It is, of course, a BYOB, but I think they're in your price-range.

        Some other options include Ansill and Zahav.

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          urbanfabric RE: Boognish May 1, 2009 01:51 PM

          I just went to Zahav last night and found the food to be better than I remembered during my first visit (which was just after they opened), that would be festive and tasty. They currently have a $36 prix fixe that included salads and humus for the table, three small dishes from their menu, and dessert. It didn't seem like a lot of food when we ordered, but 3 hours later we were walking out pretty full.

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          sadiefox RE: sadiefox May 1, 2009 02:01 PM

          Thanks for all these suggestions! They are some good ideas. El Vez might be fun, which led me to think of Distrito as well. I also love Marigold Kitchen and Ansill but didn't think they could accomodate a large party, but now that i think about it, they may be able to.

          Modo Mio is already a favorite of mine!

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            sockii RE: sadiefox May 3, 2009 03:50 PM

            My problem with El Vez is it's always SO noisy I can't even hear the people across from me at a small table. I'm not sure how great it would work for a party, but, depends on what you want.

            As I know I've recommended elsewhere before, La Fuorno on South Street has always been wonderful to me in handling parties in their upstairs room...they're totally great with a nutty crowd that wants to hang out late, will arrange a prix fix meal that will fit whatever restrictions/requests your party may have (while also allowing additional orders off the menu), etc. For a place that looksl ike just a typical South St. pizza joint from the street, they really do good stuff inside.

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              LPhila RE: sockii May 8, 2009 01:21 PM

              I think Distrito would be good for a bachelorette party, and food definitely better than el vez, imo.

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              dtphilly RE: sadiefox May 4, 2009 01:49 PM

              some less expensive ideas:
              - Aqua
              - La Viola

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                berbadeerface RE: sadiefox May 4, 2009 03:36 PM

                Yakitori Boy. They do some really nice specials and then you can all go upstairs and get a private karaoke room! Anthony handles their large group bookings I think. They will take care of your needs, and if they have the live uni that night, try it!

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                  sadiefox RE: sadiefox May 7, 2009 11:03 AM

                  thanks a lot, all! There are some great ideas here.

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                    Bigley9 RE: sadiefox May 7, 2009 12:10 PM

                    Sazon too! 9th and Spring Garden BYO

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                    elisatl RE: sadiefox May 8, 2009 10:56 AM

                    I woudl heartily recomend Supper at 9th & South. www.supperphilly.com. Just had a dinner party there for 10, which was flawless. Low key but elegant atmosphere and fantastic food.

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                      bananafishes RE: sadiefox May 8, 2009 11:04 AM

                      I had my rehearsal dinner at Fork. They have a special room that is connected to their market, which is a door down from the main restaurant. The food was delicious, and service impeccable, and we didn't have to worry about blocking up the tables for other reservations, because it was our own room! If you like Italian, Dante and Luigi's has good food, and plenty of space. Plus any of the Steven Starr joints would have plenty of space. If you want something a little more fun, Marrakesh might be a good place. It's cozy, but if you make a reservation, they can definitely accomodate 12 in their upper room.

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