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Nice Dinner Before the Electric Factory?

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We're headed to a show at the Electric Factory and want to have a nice dinner before hand (we don't mind going to the show in nice dinner clothes). We're new to the Philly dining scene, so we're not sure where to start. We like places like Public and Bar Americain in NYC.

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  1. I'm not familiar with the places you mention in NYC. Since you are new to the Philly dining scene, you might really be limiting yourself by asking for places similar to what you know. Are you willing to experience something different? You might want to checkout some of the recent threads on this board, such as these

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807588

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804857

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/802481

    1. There are a couple casual restaurants and decent gastropubs near the Factory but nothing upscale is within walking distance, it's sort of a gritty industrial area. Are you looking to walk to the show after? You might be better off looking at the threads rocknroll posted and then taking a cab to the show, it won't be too far.