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Unkle Al May 11, 2011 09:41 AM

I have business associates coming and need a restaurant that is open Mondays for dinner in Center City or South Philly.

Much prefer BYO
Most cuisines are ok
Price $35.00 to $45.00 per person

Thank you for any help you can give to me.

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    sylviag May 11, 2011 02:57 PM

    We like Branzino, on 17th St. just north of Spruce. byob.
    This coming Monday will be very busy at most places, since it's the Penn graduation.
    If people will have cars, you could go to Radicchio. They don't usually take reservations but will for a large group. It's at 4th and Wood (?).
    Of course, Matyson is always excellent.

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      Hungryin theBurbs May 11, 2011 11:04 AM

      Matyson definitely meets your criteria. It is probably the best BYO open Mondays.

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        Unkle Al May 11, 2011 11:24 AM

        Thank you for your replies. I've been to Matyson and it is excellent. I was kind of looking for something a little more ethnic.

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          barryg May 11, 2011 11:45 AM

          Han Dynasty, Old City
          S&H Kabob House off of South St. Haven't been in a while but I enjoyed the combo platters when I was there a year or so ago.
          Cafe de Laos, 11th & Washington

          All are pretty casual and moderately priced.

          Most ethnic places (Chinatown, Vietnamese places) will be open but have bars. They are across the board very affordable bars but won't have a good wine list I don't think.

          I think I am confused about what you want, you want to entertain business associates and spend $35-45; that is pretty high end but most "ethnic" places are significantly cheaper and casual, and most places in that price range of any cuisine will have a bar. Even on a Friday night this is a tough one, unless Italian or French count as ethnic.

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            cwdonald May 11, 2011 11:47 AM

            What is your definition of ethnic? Non white waiters? Almond eyes? Dark Skin?

            Han Dynasty is one of the best Sichuan restaurants on the East Coast. You can pair their food with a variety of wonderful beers and wines.. from IPAs, Belgian Lambics to Rieslings.

            You could go the Ethiopian route in West Philly ... Indian Route .. (Bindi is closed.. but there are others in Philly... )

            Pho 75 in Chinatown.. or the wonderful vietnamese on Washington Ave...

            Taquería Los Taquitos de Puebla .. for wonderful tacos al pastor..

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              barryg May 11, 2011 11:52 AM

              Bindi is closed on Mondays. That is actually a good fit, though--ethnic, BYOB, more upscale. Lolita, also closed, is similar but Mexican inspired.

              Sure, the pho places and taquerias are open... $35pp buys a lot of pho and a lot of tacos!

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                Hungryin theBurbs May 11, 2011 12:05 PM

                Yeah, I had the same thought about Bindi. I never know what is meant by "ethnic" since by my definition, any distinctly regional cuisine counts, but I doubt OP considers the European cuisines to be ethnic.

                There's Sazon in Northern Liberties. Very casual, and much cheaper than your price point, but meets your other criteria.

                What about Koo Zee Doo? Does Portugese count as ethnic? It's also Northern Liberties, BYO, open Mondays (I think?) and delicious.

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                  barryg May 11, 2011 12:09 PM

                  Good call on Koo Zee Doo, it is open Mondays and while a European cuisine it is more exotic than most.

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                    cwdonald May 11, 2011 12:36 PM

                    Do your really think Portugese is ethnic? I consider it part of the continuum of Mediteranean cooking.. lots of garlic.. fresh seafood.. tomato etc. Frankly my time spent in either Lisbon or on the coast, I could have just as easily been in South of France, Napoli or Greece... Along the same lines as Koo Zee Doo Perhaps Kanella might be another choice to consider as well... Greek/Cypriot food.

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                      barryg May 11, 2011 12:53 PM

                      No not really but ethnic can mean a lot of things and the menu at Koo Zee Doo is pretty different than most of the Mediterranean and Iberian restaurants we have.

                      Kanella is closed Monday, sadly.

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                        Hungryin theBurbs May 11, 2011 01:14 PM

                        That's why I said I never know what is meant by ethnic. To me, anything pertaining to a particular culture is ethnic. The cuisine of each country is ethnic to that country, including the U.S. To me, it is a fairly meaningless term. To me, Italian is ethnic, Portugese is ethnic, French is ethnic, etc. because they are all distinct cuisines associated with a particular country/culture.

                        I think, though, in the context of restaurants, many people use it as code to refer to cheap food from immigrant populations (mostly from third world countries). Based on that definition (which I think is somewhat racist even if not intended to be), the cuisines of European countries don't generally count. What's the difference between Mexican food (which I assume people consider "ethnic") and Italian food(which I assume people don't, though where I grew up in the midwest, Italian was certainly considered "exotic") other than that they come from different parts of the world?

                        Anyway, back on topic, I think Koo Zee Doo comes the closest to meeting OPs request of a BYO that is open Monday, that is appropriate for business entertaining, and that has interesting food.

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                          Buckethead May 11, 2011 01:21 PM

                          The only possible knock against Koo Zee Doo for a business meeting is that a lot of the dishes are huge and meant to be shared, which not everyone may be comfortable with. Also, the OP specified Center City or South Philly and it's not in either of those areas.

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                    Unkle Al May 12, 2011 06:45 AM

                    Thank you for all of the thoughtful comments.

                    I am sorry to have been so imprecise in my use of the word “ethnic”. What I meant was I would prefer restaurants that serve traditional foods, with not an iota of fusion, whose origins are from a single geographic area no larger than a country. The ethnicity or racial make up of the staff are unimportant but, to me, ownership and management should understand the culture of the geographic area from which the food originates and, as such, should probably be of that ethnicity.

                    Therefore I consider the following restaurants to be “ethnic”

                    Kanella
                    Tre Scalini
                    Tai Lake
                    Osteria
                    Koo Zee Doo
                    All tacquerias
                    Warsaw
                    Cochon
                    Kabobeesh
                    Nam Phuong
                    Zahav
                    Bistrot la Minette
                    Tiffin
                    Fogo de Chao
                    Kims Korean BBQ
                    Famous Deli
                    Estia
                    Picanha
                    Penang
                    Marrakech

                    Although excellent, I would not consider Matyson in the category as it utilizes ingredients from many different countries and the techniques of many different countries to cook amazing food…. but it is not what I meant by ethnic. I also would not include Rouge, Capital Grill or White Dog in that category either.

                    “Ethnic” is obviously the wrong word to have used.

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                    Capital Grill
                    2000 Route 38,, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

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                barryg May 11, 2011 09:57 AM

                Plenty of appropriate restaurants in CC that are not BYOB are open on Mondays, take a look on OpenTable. All the Starr and Garces places are open seven days a week as is Zahav and other places.

                In South Philly, Le Virtu is open on Mondays but not BYOB.

                BYOB is harder, especially for a a place that would be good to take business associates. So many places are closed.

                I think the best BYOB choice is Matyson for location and atmosphere.

                Le Bec Fin used to have BYOB Mondays, I don't know if that is still true. It would probably stretch your price point anyway.

                A couple few open BYOBs that are open and not super tiny. They aren't fancy places.
                Han Dynasty -- if your associates can take the heat
                Giorgio on Pine
                Monsu
                Hosteria da Elio

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