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  • gnosh Jan 14, 2014 08:58 PM
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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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  1. 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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    1. re: cwdonald

      Feeling mean today cw?

    2. 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.

      http://www.sbragadining.com/sbraga/

      1. 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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        1. re: Philly Ray

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

        2. Chinatown is basically next door to the convention center.
          http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...

          I really like E Mei.

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          1. re: discndav

            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.

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/e-mei-restaur...

            http://www.yelp.com/biz/four-rivers-p...

            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.

            http://www.dimsumgardenphilly.com/

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

            http://www.phillychinatown.com/tingwo...

            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.

            http://www.joytsinlauchineserestauran...

            http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/21/255708...

          2. 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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            1. re: bluehensfan

              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. <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.

              http://yakitoriboy.com

              I also like Mixto:

              http://www.mixtorestaurante.com/

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

                Serpico

                Fork

                Short cab rides to either.

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                1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                  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.