Dinner for 7 in Center City next Saturday--Help!
We're New Englanders visiting our son at college the weekend of Nov. 4 who have begun explore Philadelphia's great restaurants (much more exciting than what's around us). Were going to go to Kanella, but some other family members are coming into town and our party is now too big (6 or maybe 7) to get a reservation Saturday night. Am sending my son out with my parents to Bistrot la Minette on Friday but am striking out for our big Saturday meal. Have tried for a table at, e.g., Osteria, Zahav, Amada, Tinto (among about 10 other places), to give you a sense of the various kinds of places that would work for our group of somewhat different tastes (different enough that neither, e.g., a seafood-only place or a steakhouse would work). Chifa can take 6 of us, but can't give us a table after 5:45 (too early) if the 7th is coming, so I am looking for a place that will comfortably hold all of us at something like 7:30. We're commuting in from Ardmore, but my parents are staying in Center City, and we're looking for places in that area. Any suggestions much appreciated!
It's going to be tough, but did you try calling or did you only look on OpenTable? Sometimes they are more flexible with tables if you call.
Also I know you said Center City but last time I had this dilemma--larger group that couldn't get a res at any of the best places--I ended up being able to grab a table at Fond BYOB on E Passyunk Ave in South Philly and had a great meal. Cab ride from Center City is less than $10, or it's only a few blocks off the subway.
As it turned out, our group reduced to 6 people and there was some interest in going to Chifa, which could accommodate a group of that size. Thanks to all 3 of you, though, both for the tip on calling places that appear booked on Open Table (I hadn't thought of that) and for the names of some more places that sound very worth trying in the future.
Not sure if Lacroix is out of your price range for the event, but the food and service is lovely and I would be surprised if they couldn't accommodate you.
I also wondered about Supper, it's a bigger place they might have room. If you're willing to look at University City, JG Domestic is a big place and Distrito might work as well.
I know you mentioned that seafood-only would not work, but if you take a look at my post about the Le Bernardin menu at 10 Arts that weekend, might that change your mind if the price is not out of your range? I see on Open Table that they have availability for 7 at 7:45.
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