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Jun 7, 2010 07:37 PM

Center City Tomorrow

I am meeting a business acquaintance of mine for dinner tomorrow night--I am visiting and will be around 17th and Chestnut, he lives further east in Center City. I'd like to go to a place with good food, not too loud, probably not too wild on food selections (because of him, not me)--this won't be on anyone'e expense account so while it can be entrees in the $20-28 range, don't want to go higher. Probably don't want it to be italian but it could be.

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  1. Fish at 17th and Lombard. All seafood tho.

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    1. re: joluvscards

      They aren't open for lunch I'm pretty sure. These questions are hard because there are a lot of good restaurants in that area. If BYOB is ok, try Matyson on 19th St. You can easily spend less than $20, there are a good number of menu options, and you can definitely get a quiet, intimate table in a nice athmosphere. (Edit: I had recommended Tinto originally, but it looks like they aren't doing lunch anymore?)

      There are more casual places you can have a good, quiet, business lunch, like Thai Chef, Miran (Korean), and others; they are cheaper but they aren't as special for food and atmosphere.

      1. re: barryg

        The OP asked for dinner, not lunch.

        West of Broad (closer to you) I'd recommend Pumpkin, Branzino, or La Viola for a quieter place (all BYOB) or possibly Meritage or Fish. East of Broad I'd recommend Zahav, which may seem "unusual" food-wise, but I think even the unadventurous could find something they liked.

    2. I would consider Happy Rooster at 16th & Sansom. Just had a wonderful dinner there. It's quiet and off the radar, so getting a table is easy. There have a bar, so you don't have to worry about BYOB.