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BYOB for a rehearsal dinner

pattyannstreet Nov 8, 2013 09:26 AM

My son is getting married in Philly the Sunday before Memorial Day, 2014.
I would like to find a restaurant for the Saturday rehearsal dinner with impeccable food, the ability to seat 40ish, in a relatively safe area, preferably old city. Any ideas? Most of the BYOB's I have found on the internet seem tiny.

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    alex1018 Nov 8, 2013 09:43 AM

    That's a lot of restrictions. Is the hotel in old city? Or is there some other reason you want it there?

    If you branch out a bit, I think matyson, melograno, branzino are all BYOs that could handle that size, but you'd have to rent out the whole place for some of them.

    If you are willing to not do a BYO, the back room at Zahav would be great.

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      alex1018 Nov 8, 2013 09:44 AM

      there *are* BYOs in old city, but it hink they are sort of mediocre, and I don't know that their kitchens are big enough to handle 40 covers at the same time.

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        Buckethead Nov 8, 2013 09:48 AM

        Old City on a Saturday night isn't exactly the safest place in the city. There is a very good BYO down there though, Bistro 7. I haven't been in years but I've heard it's still good, and they can do a private party for 40 people: http://www.bistro7restaurant.com/priv...

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          PhillyBestBYOB Nov 10, 2013 06:48 PM

          Despite what the website says, you'd have to use both the upstairs and downstairs at Bistro 7 to handle 40 people. Biggest group I've seen upstairs was 28 and that pretty much maxed out the space.

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          Bigley9 Nov 8, 2013 09:58 AM

          try Radicchio cafe at 4th and wood - North end of Old City, BYO

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            urbanfabric Nov 10, 2013 04:32 PM

            40 seats on a Saturday night in a BYOB anywhere in the City is going to be a tough find, unless you are willing to pay to rent the restaurant for the night. You may be better off looking for a caterer and an event space (although you'll probably have to pay a rental fee). You might try partyspace.com for locations. I had a nice party at DiBruno Bros (Rittenhouse, though, not Old City) the night before my wedding.

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              arepo Nov 10, 2013 05:35 PM

              Must it be Saturday?
              You might try contacting Branzino to rent out their spacew (but I doubt they'd do it on a Saturday night)
              It is in a safer area, food's got a good reputation and it's a BYO but it's not Old City.

              1. PhillyBestBYOB Nov 10, 2013 06:51 PM

                The penthouse floor at Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse can handle that number, and the open-air deck has a great view of the city.


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