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Oct 14, 2010 04:20 PM

A Challenge for Philly Chowhounds

We are looking for a restaurant, other than LBF, XIX, Estia or Vetri which is:

Romantic, comfortable and fairly quiet (celebrating our wedding anniversary)

Serves late night dinner (after 9:30 p.m. - going to the ballet)

Has a more traditional, cozy decor as opposed to modern. (Don't want tables so close to each other or the "booth type" where you sitting right next to someone. Would like some privacy).

Is not Asian/Sushi, Middle Eastern/Thai, Mexican/Spanish, or fish/seafood oriented.

Preferably within walking distance from the Academy of Music (but will have transportation if necessary).

Doesn’t require DH to wear a tie.

Bar not required.

Does such restaurant exist, or is this wishful thinking?

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  1. If you are looking for something in the LBF, Vetri category then I think the Fountain meets all of your requirements. Open Table shows that their dinner hours are until 10 PM, but since you can make a reservation for 10, I guess that is the last seating available.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      Isn't a jacket required there? Maybe that doesn't imply a tie, but same idea.

      You should be able to get seated at one of the steakhouses in the area, like Palm, Capital Grill, Prime Rib (may have jacket requirement), etc., which should have suitable atmosphere. I'd call around to make sure they don't switch to a bar menu or something at a certain time. 10 Arts is another option but I don't know what the atmosphere is like.

    2. I'm really going out on a limb here, but I'm floating La Buca as an option. Have you been? I haven't in years, but I remember it as an elegant, handsome upscale Italian place of the most throw-back kind. Really, really old-school. It's in a basement space--no windows, very romantically lit. The day's fresh fish are wheeled over in a cart for you to inspect, and desserts likewise. Menu is as you would expect--cold antipasti, fresh pasta, entrees segregated by animal, lots of veal dishes. Wine collection is deep in aged Italian reds. Jackets (but not ties) are required--or were on my visit, and they had a bunch hanging at the entrance for those who came without.

      It may be totally off the mark, but it's the first place that popped into mind when reading your request for "traditional, cozy." La Buca has those in spades.

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      1. re: nwinkler

        La Buca is not what it once was -- kind of shabby now. I would nominate La Famiglia (but not sure how late they serve) as very elegant, old school service, excellent food. We were there 2 nights ago and quite a few gentlemen were not wearing ties or jackets.

        La Famiglia
        751 Route 37 W, Toms River, NJ 08755

      2. How about XIX at th Bellevue? When you call to make your reservation, tell them your requirements. I like their rotunda area and have never felt crowded. It has a 'special occasion' vibe.

        1. Gwendolyn, it is not wishful thinking and I have the perfrect restaurant suggestion for you. Butcher & Singer fits all your requirements: romantic, comfortable and quiet, open late, tradiltional decor (40's steakhouse), convenient to Academy of Music, no tie required. No decision! Eat there!

          Butcher & Singer
          555 Lincoln Dr W, Marlton, NJ 08053