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Weekday business dinner recommendations in/around Four Seasons Philadelphia

ipsedixit Jan 4, 2013 02:34 PM

One pescatarian and one wine snob (with the emphasis on "snob").

No real budget requirements.

Will have car.

Thank you.

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    cwdonald RE: ipsedixit Jan 4, 2013 03:45 PM

    Is there a reason you don't want to eat at the Four Season's? It has a reputation for accommodating snobs.

    Great wine lists: Meritage at 20th street, Panorama in the Penns Wise hotel would certainly work for the oenophile. Best wine by the glass selection in the city.

    Osteria is not bad, and I like the service from the wine steward there. Pescaterian would have choice of apps, pizza and mains there.

    Little Fish is a great BYO that if you could encourage the oenophile to bring the wine would make everyone happy.

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      ipsedixit RE: cwdonald Jan 4, 2013 03:53 PM

      No, there's no particular reason we would shun the Fountain.

      I'm just looking for other options.

      Thanks for your thoughts.

    2. sal_acid RE: ipsedixit Jan 4, 2013 05:58 PM

      If the biz is paying I'd do Fountain at 4S.

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        george2 RE: ipsedixit Jan 5, 2013 05:22 AM

        Lacroix always has great fresh fish and a very good wine list. Nice view of Rittenhouse Square is a bonus.

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          sal_acid RE: george2 Jan 5, 2013 05:55 AM

          Eh. I'm not a fan of Lacroix. Too many fussy presentations. I find the food odd.

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            george2 RE: sal_acid Jan 5, 2013 08:00 AM

            I have no idea what you're referring to. The presentation is no different than Fountain. Please be specific about the "odd food."

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              sal_acid RE: george2 Jan 5, 2013 08:30 AM

              Last time I was there (8 mos ago) I had several dishes with little bits of food on the plate that cooled quickly...hints of deconstruction...a weird dessert. Not at all like Fountain that time anyway.

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                george2 RE: sal_acid Jan 5, 2013 11:05 AM

                Other than the cooled food I still have no idea what you mean. "Little bits of food ... weird dessert."

                I had the tasting menu there and the portions were small but beautifully presented. Portions for the regular Fountain menu were larger but also beautifully presented.

                To each his own...

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                  sal_acid RE: george2 Jan 5, 2013 02:01 PM

                  It was 8 mos ago. All I remember is the bad impression.

        2. Bacchus101 RE: ipsedixit Jan 5, 2013 07:03 AM

          Le Bec Fin would be able to fulfill your pescatarian and wine snob interests and will fit well into the "no real budget requirements". Rittenhouse Square will offer some interesting choices in very nice park side restaurants. Parc and the Rittenhouse Tavern have nice environs, good food and quite drinkable wine,less formal but not sure about the snob part. Excellent choices in Philadelphia restaurants within an easy walk or short cab ride; park your car.

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            arepo RE: ipsedixit Jan 5, 2013 07:42 AM


            1. PhillyBestBYOB RE: ipsedixit Jan 5, 2013 09:48 AM

              Agree with the Le Bec Fin rec. And if your buddy is up for it, go for the 1921 Chateau d'Yquem (a bargain at ~$8000!).

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                sal_acid RE: PhillyBestBYOB Jan 5, 2013 09:51 AM

                Me too.

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                  PhillyBestBYOB RE: sal_acid Jan 5, 2013 10:02 AM

                  While you're at it, invite us!

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                  ipsedixit RE: PhillyBestBYOB Jan 5, 2013 11:38 AM

                  Well, uh, I guess there are *some* budget restrictions.

                  Thanks for the recs, though!

                3. ipsedixit RE: ipsedixit Jan 19, 2013 06:13 PM

                  I just want to report back.

                  We ended up at Modo Mio.

                  I can't speak for the other diners, but my carpaccio, rabbit ravioli, and suckling pig were awesome.

                  And the wine snob got to show off by flashing some of his "babies".

                  Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

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