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May 11, 2011 09:41 AM

Recs For Restaurants Open Mondays - Center City or South Philly

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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  1. 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
    Hosteria da Elio

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

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      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

        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.

        1. re: Unkle Al

          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.

          1. re: Unkle Al

            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..

            1. re: cwdonald

              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!

              1. re: cwdonald

                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.

                1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

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

                  1. re: barryg

                    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.

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      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.

                      1. re: cwdonald

                        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.

                        1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                          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.

                          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                            I would suggest a quick reference to the meaning of ethnic provided by different authorities on word definition may offer valuable insights beyond ones personal opinions. It can be a bit complex as Spanish can be ethnic here where as in Spain perhaps Basque or another sub group would be consider ethnic. The sharing of a common set of group defining elements can define an ethnicity. IMHO if one is asking for ethic food all food other than American based (which are not many) i.e.. Italian, Chinese, Mexican are ethnic. In there own country sub groups could be considered ethnic as well as food from other countries generally.

                    2. re: cwdonald

                      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”

                      Tre Scalini
                      Tai Lake
                      Koo Zee Doo
                      All tacquerias
                      Nam Phuong
                      Bistrot la Minette
                      Fogo de Chao
                      Kims Korean BBQ
                      Famous Deli

                      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.

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

                2. 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.

                  1. How about open on Monday, non-byob?

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