ISO cheap, fun, takes reservations near Convention Center
Going down to Philly this weekend to see the flower show with friends. Show is at the Convention Center and we are staying at the Marriott.
We would like a non-chain restaurant where the four of us can enjoy two or three courses, some wine and lots of laughs for less than $200.
Tapas might be fun. Italian would be fine. So would any Asian, except sushi.
Thanks in advance
To keep the cost down, you might try a BYOB that takes reservations like Kanella at 10th and Spruce. Or, if you're willing to take a cab ride, try Cochon around 6th and Passyunk.
For an adventure, try the new Garces Trading Company on Locust between 11th and 12th. They do not take reservations, however, but they do have a little wine store inside where you can buy a wine to have with your dinner.
You are also close to Chinatown, but you may have trouble finding a spot that takes reservations.
I can't guarantee you'd get out for under $200 at either Osteria or Amis, but both are wonderful Italian restaurants that are a quick trip (a walk to Amis or a cab to Osteria) from the Convention Center.
If you don't mind a 4 block walk, you could try Valanni - on Spruce Street between 12th and 13th. Just walk south on 12th. It's Mediterranean/Continental, has small or large plates, a good bar, nice ambience.
I was going to suggest Vietnam Palace myself. They definitely will take reservations in my experience, and it would probably take some serious, *serious* drinking to spend more than about 100-150 for 4 and be very well stuffed. Won't say they have much of a wine list, but the bartender is typically good so they offer a nice selection of cocktails.