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Mar 30, 2011 02:05 PM

Fancy pre-theater lunch rec for 8-yr-old? (Saturday)?

Fondly remembering my grandmother taking me to Wanamaker's Tea Room for fancy lunch before the theater, I'm looking to recreate the same experience for my granddaughter. Any recommendations for 'fancy' lunch on Saturday near the Academy of Music? Tks ...

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  1. I took my mom to the Ritz for tea on her 80th and we LOVED it....sure it would just as much fun with an 8 year old...lots of wonderful memories...and within walking distance!
    have fun!

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    1. re: ilovesummer

      Thank you for the idea ... that sounds wonderful ... and, perhaps we'll change from lunch before to tea after ... it was very kind of you to take the time to reply.

    2. Don't know the real details (times available), but is this like what you're looking for?

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      1. re: pamd

        Wow, that certainly looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

        1. re: BelgianBeerMistress

          BelgianBeerMistress ... thank you for the idea ... I took her to XIX last year and she enjoyed it greatly ... although her refined palate prefers Kraft Mac & Cheez to the chef's :D Oh well, we keep trying. I appreciate you taking the time to answer my query.

        2. If you're looking for lunch and not tea, Estia right across from the Academy on Locust is a good choice. We went there recently after Mary Poppins with my mother and my 8 and 5 year olds. We had a lovely meal. We went there once before a show as well for lunch. Both times it's been a really great experience. They have a kids menu.

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          1. re: raclette

            I wouldn't have thought of Estia having a children's menu ... although I don't know why. I'll check it out. Thank you for the idea ...

          2. I used to have "Culture Vulture" weekends with my niece when she was a preteen. We ate at a Mexican restaurant and then saw "To Kill a [Tequila] Mockingbird." We had tea at the Bellevue after seeing "My Fair Lady."

            Tying the eating experience with the show (however silly) made it a theme that stood out in her memory and was a lot of fun for both of us.

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            1. re: Seeker19104

              In this case, if the show is Mary Poppins, head over to Dandelion.

              1. re: Philly Ray

                Estia is great and fancy and right next door. Also Parc (which will be crowded) and Dandelion are two other options depending on what type of food you are looking for.

                1. re: bluehensfan

                  And Dandelion also does an afternoon tea from 3-5 if you are looking for that sort of experience.

                  1. re: bluehensfan

                    Thanks for 3 great recommendations to check out. I didn't think of Estia for children and I don't know Parc or Dandelion. Thank you for the recommendations, I really appreciate you taking the time to respond.

                2. re: Seeker19104

                  Dear Seeker ... I love your theme approach ... so very very fun !!! I don't know if it will be this time, but matching show and restaurant themes is just wonderful ... Thank you ...