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Looking for a Very Special Lunch, Downtown PHilly, on a Friday

Quiet would be the first priority; great food isn't enough if it's noisy.

Money not an object particularly, so much as top-=drawer. What would lunch be like at Morimoto? Would it be quiet? I"m sure Le Bec Fin would be quiet--what's it like at lunch these days?

Any cuisine but Mexican or Indian. Looking forward to your suggestions.

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Morimoto Restaurant
723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

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  1. Do' laugh, but Osteria is open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays and is actually pretty quiet in my experience. Not really "downtown" but easy parking!

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    Osteria
    640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

    1. My first choice would be LaCroix. Beautiful ambience, very quiet, excellent food. Absolutely top drawer.

      Other choices: Ten Arts, Osteria if you're seated in the outer room.
      Liked both of these better than lunch at Le Bec Fin.

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      Osteria
      640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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      1. re: sylviag

        Comment - I didn't put in the link to Osteria. That is evidently part of the advertising on Chowhound.
        If I were going to put in a link, it would have been to Lacroix.

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        Osteria
        640 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

      2. I noticed that advertising link. I had written both Le Bec Fin and Morimoto, but only the latter got highlighted. It's kinda tacky, don't you think?

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        Morimoto Restaurant
        723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

        1. So far, La Croix would have it. Part of the reason for 'downtown' specifically is that I'm coming from an eye doc examination, with dialated eyes, not able to drive that day.

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          1. re: Bashful3

            The Fountain Rest. is wonderful for lunch and quiet.

          2. I rather enjoy Branzino, a BYOB.

            http://www.branzinophilly.com/menu.html

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            Branzino Restaurant
            261 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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            1. re: jerseybill52

              We went to Morimoto after all. Enjoyed very much. Very quiet, which was a huge plus.
              Endamame free bee was so tasty; we shared a $50 sushi platter. No big surprises on it, but the quality was top notch, and the fish was very tasty. Minor criticism: all the textures in the sushi platter were fairly similar: no unusual textures, like eel or clams.

              Attentive service; nice china. Fuji in Haddonfield is still #1 in my heart; being spoiled rotten by never having to order, always being surprised.

              1. re: Bashful3

                Another vote for Lacroix. However, for specific cuisines, both Morimoto and Buddakan are open for lunch. For a steak house, Union Trust on Chestnut Street is a fantastic room with good food. (Have appetizers next door at Morimoto's, then steak at UT!)