Wedding Restaurant Help? Focused on the Food!
I'm going to be getting married in Philadelphia, and while I'm from the city, I haven't lived there for about 12 years (we live in Boston). We're doing it there primarily to accomodate family. I'd love suggestions for places with really great food - that's the primary concern for us! - that could also accomodate a party of between 50-60 people OR really fantastic caterers. Any help would be appreciated, as I've not eaten in the city for some time and am a bit overwhelmed... Budget is between $5 and $10k.
The Four Seasons does a wonderful job with occasions, and the food and ambience are excellent.
Check it out.
we had our wedding reception (though not the ceremony) at Amada. It was a daytime reception, and quite reasonably priced. Nightimes are far more expensive, and if your family drinks a lot and it will be more expensive. the food was excellent.
I'd look into JG Domestic, or anywhere that the Garces folks will cater for you. Also, you might look into Stephen Starr's event spaces. Search this board for wedding reception and you'll find a recent post on the Mask and Wig Club and Feast Your Eyes (I think) catering.
I had events for my wedding at Lacroix, DiBruno Bros (upstairs), and Top of the Tower, all had amazing food in different atmospheres.
This isn't in the city, but I got married 7 years ago at George's in Wayne. The food was amazing (Kevin Sbraga of Top Chef fame was the chef) and the restaurant is beautiful - country french styling. We had 75 people and the main dining room was perfect. We did a Sunday lunch and it worked out very well. I loved it. The quality of the food was one of my main concerns, so trust me that it is very good! The price was very fair (around 35 per person), but all the money went to the booze, so expect to pay a lot for that.
I've also been to some good parties at Cuba Libre in Old City. They have lots of different spaces depending on the size of your party, and the Cuban cuisine might be a nice spin on typical wedding fare. Good bar and good music for dancing too in a nice setting.
a coworker is having a similarly-sized wedding (75) and her reception will be at m at the morris hotel. they have been through a lot of chefs in the past few years, but she has a trusted palate and was happy with the current chef. i know nothing about the price though, but if you are planning on getting married in the spring - early fall, you can't beat the location either (center city, near washington square and the hotel/resto has a beautiful courtyard, tents optional).
also - the chef who was at george's in wayne (per belgianbeermistress's suggestion) has his own gig now, the eponymous sbraga. it is also in center city and has a much different vibe than m, but is also pretty cool (glass-enclosed, modern vibe).