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Quintessential Philly Restaurant

Decker Dec 8, 2009 08:36 AM

Looking for some help from some fellow Chowhounders out there. I am planning a client dinner in Philly next week and this will be the client's first visit to Philadelphia. My usual go to is Osteria, but I thought I might ask for some suggestions as to any restaurants that might be "Quintessentially Philly." I'm looking for something a bit higher end that really gives you the feeling that you are in Philly. I was thinking Water Works, but it has been hit or miss in my experience. Any thoughts on Nineteen? All suggestions are welcome.

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    sylviag Dec 8, 2009 10:02 AM

    What comes to mind:

    Table 31 in the Comcast Center - for obvious reasons
    Ten Arts, off the lobby in a very nice setting - is it still called Ritz Carlton?
    Yes, Le Bec Fin
    One of the restaurants off Rittenhouse Square, looking out over the square.

    I would not recommend the Oyster House. We used to love it, some years back, but now I won't go there. Food was good, very fast service (in and out in 1/2 hour), and the noisiest din I can remember. It's a shame.

    If they would like tapas, then one of the Jose Garces places.
    We love Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties - not upscale, but delicious and in the middle of a Philly "neighborhood."

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      urbanfabric Dec 8, 2009 09:33 AM

      What about the Oyster House? Would it be upscale enough?

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        Bigley9 Dec 8, 2009 09:07 AM

        Why not Le Bec Fin? Great reviews and more affordable since they gave back the stars and service remains extraordinary!

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