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northxnortheast Mar 5, 2013 04:10 PM


What suggestions do you have for a downtown college graduation diner party? We prefer a reasonably priced ($$-$$$) restaurant with great atmosphere to high-priced restaurant. We will have about 12 people, with one elderly family member, and one family member in need of a gluten-free menu, if possible.

Any good ideas come to mind?

THX in advance.


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    rsgdmd RE: northxnortheast Mar 9, 2013 09:55 AM

    Not sure what you are looking for regarding atmosphere, but Modo Mio is excellent Italian, reasonable, BYOB, parking not too hard, & they can handle gluten free. Downsides are they are not downtown (edge of No. Liberties) & cash only.

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      northxnortheast RE: rsgdmd Mar 9, 2013 10:02 AM

      Thanks - I will check them out!


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        cwdonald RE: rsgdmd Mar 9, 2013 03:55 PM

        I also question whether Modo Mio really is set up to handle parties of 12.

        A couple of places that might be able to handle parties that big include Dandelion, Osteria, Amada all of which have private dining rooms and options. You definitely could be accomodated in chinatown at places like Sang Kee and Vietnam Palace.

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          barryg RE: cwdonald Mar 9, 2013 04:36 PM

          Ive been to several dinners of 12+ at Modo Mio. They do a good job but you are at a long table, hard to interact with people not in the immediate vicinity. But that is the case at most restaurants. Quality and quantity of food at $35pp can't be beat. Typical downsides of Modo Mio apply... small space, can get loud.

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        waking1 RE: northxnortheast Mar 9, 2013 02:41 PM

        The private rooms at Zahav hold about that number. I've taken gluten-free folk there and they are very accomodating to their needs. Also the private rooms are quieter than the main area.

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          northxnortheast RE: waking1 Apr 2, 2013 07:11 PM

          Waking1, Forgive my belated reply. My attention got diverted for a few weeks! This restaurant looks interesting. I fear, however, that our taste run more to the "continental". I really appreciate your idea, however. Thanks much!

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          DirtyJerzey RE: northxnortheast Apr 3, 2013 02:52 AM

          If you're looking for a great atmosphere, I'd suggest looking into any of the Starr restaurants. Usually very lively with pretty decent food, and something that a young graduate would enjoy.

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            arepo RE: northxnortheast Apr 3, 2013 06:32 AM

            Stephen Starr's Pod.
            It's fun and caters to a college crowd.

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