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

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Bashful3 Nov 5, 2009 01:46 PM

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

  1. jerseybill52 Nov 6, 2009 12:52 PM

    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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      Bashful3 Jan 23, 2010 02:23 PM

      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.

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        JanePond Feb 2, 2010 06:31 AM

        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!)

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      Bashful3 Nov 5, 2009 06:19 PM

      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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        michyphilly Nov 5, 2009 06:21 PM

        The Fountain Rest. is wonderful for lunch and quiet.

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        Bashful3 Nov 5, 2009 06:17 PM

        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

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          sylviag Nov 5, 2009 06:07 PM

          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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            sylviag Nov 5, 2009 06:10 PM

            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

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            Bigley9 Nov 5, 2009 04:12 PM

            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

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