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University City (close to Penn) engagement party rec. pretty please!?

Tonyjlive Mar 2, 2012 04:24 PM

Ciao everyone,

I'm helping my best friend's Mother plan an engagement party for her son. She is looking for a private room or place to hold about 50 people. BYOB or liquor license doesn't matter. A good space, with good food and good service is what counts. I can't remember what Marigold would be like, but I can't think of much out there besides Distrito, that may work?....Any suggestions would be excellent. Thank you all in advance if you could help.


  1. sockii Mar 8, 2012 04:11 PM

    Is University City/near Penn an absolute must? B/c that really limits the possibilities when so much more would be available nearby more in Center City...

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    1. re: sockii
      Tonyjlive Mar 11, 2012 11:23 AM

      Thank you to all who weighed in. Unfortunately, UCity is a must because there will be 50 people, mostly out-of-towners, coming for the church service at 39th and Chestnut. It's going to be tough enough parking once, let alone twice on a Friday night in the city.

    2. Tonyjlive Mar 7, 2012 07:21 PM

      Thanks all! Marigold can only accommodate 38 people and has a minimum of $5,000 just to shut the restaurant down. I'll look into White Dog. Hear mixed reviews...Any word on City Tap House?

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      1. re: Tonyjlive
        urbanfabric Mar 8, 2012 10:33 AM

        The one time I ate at City Tap House, the service and food felt more college hang out than great restaurant.

        That's why I mentioned that I ate at White Dog recently, because I heard that after Judy sold it, people didn't like the changes. I think the food is more refined, but still similarly focused as it was 10 years ago when I first started going.

        1. re: Tonyjlive
          PhillyA Mar 8, 2012 10:48 AM

          City Tap House has a GREAT beer selection, meh food, and a paint-by-number feel. I'd recommend it for drinks on a slow night, and it definitely has space, but you aren't going to have a great meal there.

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          urbanfabric Mar 3, 2012 08:04 AM

          JG Domestic at the cira center would work. White Dog has lots of rooms, and I ate there recently and it was all delicious.

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            foodielove Mar 2, 2012 04:44 PM

            Marigold Kitchen - byob

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