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Recommendation near convention center

gnosh Jan 14, 2014 08:58 PM

Looking for recommendations for dinner for Saturday and Sunday night--2 weeks from now. Would like something funky, with interesting food, not too loud. There ought to be something a vegetarian can eat. We'll be in town from New York for a convention. Of course, we'll need to be able to get a reservation. I've looked at a couple of places, but no availability (for example, Zahav).
Thanks everyone.

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    cwdonald RE: gnosh Jan 14, 2014 09:04 PM

    Since you are near the convention center I would recommend either Maggianos. or perhaps a restaurant with a little more class hard rock cafe philadelphia.

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      Bigley9 RE: cwdonald Jan 15, 2014 11:33 AM

      Feeling mean today cw?

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      Philly Ray RE: gnosh Jan 15, 2014 04:55 AM

      Maybe Sbraga. Each course usually offers a vegetarian option. It isn't too far from the Convention Center, but definitely walkable.

      Edit: And they don't participate in Restaurant Week.


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        Philly Ray RE: gnosh Jan 15, 2014 05:01 AM

        I just realized, if you mean the 26th, you are coming during Restaurant Week. Maybe that's why there is no availability (on Sunday in particular).

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          gnosh RE: Philly Ray Jan 15, 2014 06:04 AM

          Thanks--yes, I do mean the 25th and the 26th. I will check out sbarga.

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          discndav RE: gnosh Jan 15, 2014 06:37 AM

          Chinatown is basically next door to the convention center.

          I really like E Mei.

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            Chemicalkinetics RE: discndav Jan 15, 2014 11:54 AM

            May I expand on that just a little.

            E Mei or Four Rivers if the original poster like spicy and strong favor Chinese food. E Mei even stronger taste, and a bit better decorated.



            Dim Sum Garden if the original poster like lighter dishes like the: Shanghai Soup Dumplings, a simplistic yet difficult make dish. Yes, it may be only excel in one dish, but that one dish carries a lot of weight.


            Ting Wong if the original poster wants something of the Cantonese street foods, like the so called Chinese barbecue, wontons, fried rice, congee....etc.


            Finally, for Cantonese Dim Sum (as opposed to Shanghai Dim Sum), then I recommend Joy Tsin Lau or Ocean Harbor 7 days a week sometime between 10:30 AM to 1:45 PM. Technically they stop Dim Sum at 2:30 PM, but the foods are not that good after 1:45 PM. Ocean Harbor is faster paced and may be a bit "rougher" for beginners.



          2. bluehensfan RE: gnosh Jan 15, 2014 10:14 AM

            You are not all that far from Zavino (13th and Sansom). Excellent thin crust pizzas and pastas and enough stuff on the menu for a vegetarian to like. The good/bad news is that they don't take reservations and don't participate in the Restaurant Week humdrum so it may be less crowded than other places.

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              Hungryin theBurbs RE: bluehensfan Jan 15, 2014 11:12 AM

              Yes, I was going to suggest the 13th St. corridor. In addition to Zavino, Barbuzzo might fit the bill, though it is fairly loud. Chinatown is also a good suggestion. There, I recommend Rangoon. It's Burmese, pretty quiet, unusual but delicious food, veggie options, and you probably don't need a reservation, though they do take them.

            2. Chemicalkinetics RE: gnosh Jan 15, 2014 12:04 PM

              <Would like something funky, with interesting food, not too loud. There ought to be something a vegetarian can eat.>

              Aside what I wrote underneath discndav, maybe Yakitori Boy? It is a Izukaya-like restaurant. On the other hand, I bet you have better Izukaya up in NY so.


              I also like Mixto:


              1. PhillyBestBYOB RE: gnosh Jan 15, 2014 06:24 PM

                Two of the hottest restaurants in Philly, both with famous chefs, amazing food, and cool vibes:



                Short cab rides to either.

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                  gnosh RE: PhillyBestBYOB Jan 16, 2014 02:00 PM

                  Oh, that's great to hear! I made a reservation at Serpico, not knowing much about it, mainly because it was on some good-restaurant list and they had a table on Sunday night. So many places were booked (or closed). Thanks. On Saturday, maybe we'll try Rangoon or something like that that doesn't take/need reservations.
                  Thank you everyone.

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