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Holiday Party for 28

asmith Nov 13, 2013 11:59 AM


Thanks so much for all your help for a venue near 30th. Now we are looking farther afield along the Regional Rail line in Manyunk and Montgomery County: Conshe, Ambler or other stops along the Lansdale/Doylestown line (R5?).

I looked into Cooper's Wine Bar. I am not looking for a seated dinner. Small plates with people mixing with plenty of seating, as needed, is more what we are looking for. I am shooting for $90 per person including tax and tip.

Thanks again!!

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    alex1018 RE: asmith Nov 13, 2013 12:17 PM

    I'd suggest upstairs at The Goat's Beard on Main St. I've had solid food there, definitely of the small plates, sharing variety, and they have one of the, if not the, best selection of bourbon in the region. I think the upstairs could be perfect for that amount of people.

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      alex1018 RE: asmith Nov 13, 2013 12:18 PM

      and I should note that the menu is more adventurous than most places, and certainly most in manayunk and out that way.

      1. gaffk RE: asmith Nov 13, 2013 01:22 PM

        Ambler has a few options within a few blocks of the R5 train station, depending on the type of menu you're looking for.

        http://www.bridgetssteak.com/ (It's a steakhouse, but it also has small plates, a nice atmosphere and is less than a block from the station.



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          Bacchus101 RE: gaffk Nov 13, 2013 01:45 PM

          Choices noted by gaflk in Ambler are an easy walk from the R5 Ambler station as is From the Boot(Italian) a pleasant, busy place with a large grotto room for your party of 28 while easily under $90 per.

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            gaffk RE: Bacchus101 Nov 13, 2013 01:56 PM

            Yes, I meant to add From the Boot.

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            asmith RE: gaffk Nov 13, 2013 02:00 PM

            Bridgets might be a good choice. I've emailed them. From the Boot is booked on the night we have settled on. I was also told about Ralph's of South Philly in King of Prussia. They supposedly have a nice space for parties.

            Thanks all!!

            PS Have heard underwhelming things about Dettera's food and in looking online, the costs are more than I am wanting to pay.

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            barryg RE: asmith Nov 13, 2013 04:00 PM

            The train that goes to conshy and manayunk is not the landale/Doylestown line that goes to ambler so you may want to check that out. Both lines go through 30th st.

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              cwdonald RE: barryg Nov 13, 2013 05:00 PM

              And they don't use the R numbers anymore... lansdale doylestown is a good line and ambler is a great location because you have lots of places close to the train station.

              You also have the new bbq place the luck well which has a private dining room. And Forest and Main brewpub has a private room(s) upstairs that could accommodate 28.

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                gaffk RE: cwdonald Nov 13, 2013 05:29 PM

                I really liked the look of the private space at the Lucky Well. But I was only there once and was a little underwhelmed by the food. Plus I'm not sure I'd want something as "messy" as BBQ for a holiday party.

                (And for those of us of a certain age, trains are still R5, R8, etc ;)

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              asmith RE: asmith Nov 14, 2013 06:55 AM

              Thanks so much for all the ideas. How is this for a curve call? The boss just had dinner at Ralph's of South Philly, in King of Prussia. No, it isn't on the train line, but we'll have to cab a few incoming people to the restaurant. They loved the look of the place and their food. I'll see if I can sew this up today.

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                Bacchus101 RE: asmith Nov 14, 2013 08:34 AM

                Yes that is certainly a curve "ball" and a waste of time and print. Totally outside stated objective, good luck. Next change could put you in NYC near Penn Station.

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                  cwdonald RE: Bacchus101 Nov 14, 2013 08:44 AM

                  While the food MAY be passable (look up the threads on Ralphs KoP on chowhound) the restaurant is in the Sheraton Valley Forge hotel and has all the ambiance of a hotel restaurant ... On the flip side parking wont be a problem.

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                    asmith RE: cwdonald Nov 14, 2013 08:46 AM

                    Yes, and the out of towners can go upstairs to bed. I know, one has to balance all kinds of things.

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