Group Dinner for 12
We have a group of 12 staying in Philadelphia the night of November 23rd and we are looking for a place for dinner. Walking distance is preferred. Our hotel is at 12th and Market.
What kind of food are you looking for and do you want a private room? What is your price range?
There are several of the usual high-end steakhouses around there (Ruth's Chris, Capital Grille). Also a Fogo de Chao and McCormick & Schmick's.
Haven't been to 10 Arts in the Ritz since Jen Carroll left.
Much more interesting is Sbraga (maybe a 10-15 min walk), the chef won Top Chef on TV. I've done dinners there that large, but you'd better call ASAP.
Estia (Greek) is good for whole fish dishes.
You could easily walk over to Washington Square West area, which would give you Talula's Garden (again, call ASAP).
There are lots of good places on S 13th St (Barbuzzo, Lolita), but the size of the group might be a problem.
If you want to try one of our BYOBs (although they tend to be small and a large group is a problem), you are coincidently staying right next to a state liquor store.
All of the recommendations below are great... with the one issue that they are probably going to cost at least 30 dollars per person if not more.
You are also close to Chinatown. If Vietnamese or chinese food is something that your group would like there are several suggestions. Vietnam Palace and Lee How Fook both have private rooms and provide good vietnamese and chinese food respectively. Perhaps others could add other options in Chinatown which would provide you some lower cost per meal options (20-25 person) if that is the need of your group.
+1 on Vietnam Palace - it's always been a hit with my out of town visitors. I might also consider Rangoon as somewhere a little different; it's been a few years since I've been there but I remember a fairly large dining room that could accommodate a larger party, and great unique food.
Bistrot La Minette does "French family dinners" in a private room. It's a pretty place and is very good for classic French food. It's a little more than a mile from 12th/Market - maybe a 20 minute walk or a short, cheap cab ride.