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Need Philly BYOB for 15 people...

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Corporate_40 Jan 10, 2010 06:00 AM

Any recommendations for a BYOB restaurant in Philly that could accomodate a group of 15 guys (pre bachelor party dinner), yet still has good food. Only place I can think of is Gnocchi off of South Street, but would rather go somewhere else if possible.

Any cuisine is fine, only limitation is it has to be IN the city, as we're going out there afterwards and driving won't really be an option. Thanks for any recommendations.

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    jaba RE: Corporate_40 Jan 10, 2010 06:30 AM

    Couple thoughts:
    Lee How Fook in Chinatown has a private banquet room they might let you use for a group that size. The food is outstanding.
    Branzino, Melograno, and Aqua are other options with rooms big enough to fit you guys.
    I've also seen groups that big in Kanella.

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      mitchh RE: jaba Jan 10, 2010 04:11 PM

      If Asian is okay, Misso at 13th and Spruce has a table that I believe can seat 15.

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        mazza3 RE: mitchh Jan 14, 2010 01:04 PM

        i think i read that misso just closed....

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      sylviag RE: Corporate_40 Jan 10, 2010 06:00 PM

      We've been part of groups that size at Branzino. Food is very good, and everyone was very pleased. 17th St., just north of Spruce.
      It wouldn't be a private room, just one end of a larger room if that is okay.

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        ChSkinnay RE: Corporate_40 Jan 13, 2010 09:04 PM

        Melegrano is great. Pound for pound the best italian BYOB in the city. My favorite BYOB, lolita is in center city. They can easily accomodate you too.

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          mazza3 RE: Corporate_40 Jan 14, 2010 01:05 PM

          if you can do mexican before a big night of drinking, tequila's is a good bet. so is distrito and you'll get to look at cute college girls. :)

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            sockii RE: mazza3 Feb 16, 2010 02:45 AM

            Neither of those is BYOB, which the OP was asking for...

            I'd say Branzino is a good suggestion.

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            Nockie20 RE: Corporate_40 Feb 15, 2010 11:40 AM

            Whatever you do don't go to Fogo de Chao, you'll wind up spending a ton of $$.

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              RocketJSquirrel RE: Corporate_40 Feb 16, 2010 02:36 PM

              How about Tre Scalini? Excellent Italian BYO.

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                bonappetite RE: Corporate_40 Feb 16, 2010 02:58 PM

                I was also going to suggest Tre Scalini as a option although don't remember if they have room in their new space.
                I think Branzino is much better than Melograno
                Lolita also excellent food and bring your own tequila.
                Also not as well known is Giorgio on Pine ( between 13th street and broad) that is also Italian, has a nice separated room

                plenty of options depending on area going out. My vote for best food is Branzino and Lolita

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                  barryg RE: bonappetite Feb 16, 2010 03:10 PM

                  Tre Scalini has a very large room upstairs that can easily fit 15.

                  I don't think Lolita takes reservations... maybe they do for larger groups if you go at an off hour. It's really small and would be cramped IMO.

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                    bonappetite RE: barryg Feb 16, 2010 03:16 PM

                    agree about lolita, actually feel a bit cramped there when with small group!

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                  brianaface RE: Corporate_40 Feb 17, 2010 05:23 AM

                  If the art museum is still in the city, you should check out L'OCA. I work in a restaurant and we did a staff holiday party there for approximately 20 people (22 bottles of wine). It was a great time with great food.

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                    Corporate_40 RE: Corporate_40 Feb 18, 2010 12:39 PM

                    Branzino didn't have the time available that I needed, so we're going to end up a Novita Bistro. I've heard some good things, so hopefully it all works out, and they were able to accomodate 14 of us. Dinner is in a few weeks, so I'll report back...

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