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Good time to visit Monk's cafe?

Adree1 Jul 17, 2010 06:26 PM

My husband wants to visit Monk's cafe in Philly. When is a good time to visit, that we wouldn't have a long wait? Would Friday evening be OK?

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    lbmsw RE: Adree1 Jul 17, 2010 06:57 PM

    Before 6pm on Friday shouldn't be bad. It gets pretty crowded later.

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      Adree1 RE: lbmsw Jul 18, 2010 10:55 AM

      Thanks to both of you! Sounds like it's a lunch trip on a weekend.

    2. AmblerGirl RE: Adree1 Jul 17, 2010 07:22 PM

      Definitely avoid Monks's on weekend evenings, it is just uncomfortably crowded. I'd say to try to get there before the after work crowd fills in on Friday, I'd even shoot for 4 or 5 if thats possible.

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        cwdonald RE: AmblerGirl Jul 18, 2010 03:55 PM

        I actually find Saturday Lunch the best time for the restaurant. Otherwise that place is wall to wall people. Your other option is Tuesday or Wed evenings,

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        mazza3 RE: Adree1 Jul 22, 2010 12:42 PM

        friday evening is NOT ok. :) though it is summertime, so if it is a good beach weather weekend you might be alright if you get there before 4. but if it is only two of you and you are flexible, you might get lucky.

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          barryg RE: Adree1 Jul 22, 2010 12:44 PM

          Nobody goes to Monk's anymore, it's too crowded.

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            Philly Ray RE: barryg Jul 22, 2010 02:53 PM

            Thanks Yogi (rim shot...)

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              bluehensfan RE: Philly Ray Aug 10, 2010 04:41 AM

              Hope you visited already if you plan on going.... http://citypaper.net/blogs/mealticket...

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                barryg RE: bluehensfan Aug 10, 2010 06:01 AM

                Yikes. The philly.com article says that the people living in the apartments above Monk's have been "displaced" while the incident is being investigated. I feel bad for these folks--weren't they displaced recently when one of the balconies collapsed?

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                  jujuthomas RE: bluehensfan Aug 10, 2010 10:21 AM

                  i was just going to mention this accident! what a mess.

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                    phillyjazz RE: jujuthomas Aug 12, 2010 01:53 PM

                    I'd say avoid the place while SEPTA is in service.

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                      PattiCakes RE: phillyjazz Aug 13, 2010 12:24 PM

                      Isn't this the 2nd time in a year that something crazy has happened at Monks?

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                        urbanfabric RE: PattiCakes Aug 16, 2010 02:17 PM

                        I think it was last august when a back deck/balcony collapsed off the building.

                        The alley side door set up appeared more legit than I thought it would when we walked by yesterday. They had a host stand outside in front of the access-way.

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                    gaffk RE: bluehensfan Aug 13, 2010 12:45 PM

                    From Grub Street: "With repairs still under way, Monk’s will reopen speakeasy style on Saturday at 5 p.m. with customers entering through an alley side door and using the password “SEPTA.”

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