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Jan 24, 2014 02:24 PM

Birthday Dinner: Parking and Quiet Important

My usual problem: with cold weather, close parking is a double must,
quiet enough to hear each other also important.

Food could be French, Italian, Continental--what's outstanding that
we could get a rez on a Tuesday night, early might solve the quiet problem?

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  1. Lacroix or The Fountain, both being swanky hotel restaurants the valet parking makes it as easy as it gets (and quiet too).

    I'm not sure how parking works for Avance, but I presume they have a valet (hopefully not on the other side of street like predecessor Le Bec Fin 2.0 did). Haven't been there yet, but I'm sure it's quiet.

    Vetri has an easy open air public parking lot right outside it's door.

    Bibou also has an open air public parking lot right outside it's door, but I'd recommend an very early reservation (5:30) to make sure you get a space.

    1. Don't know where you want to be and I figure many will cover the City, but in Bala Cynwyd there is a BYOB Italian seafood place called Pescatore and it should be nice and quiet early. It has parking directly behind the restaurant.
      Italian? Stella Sera in Chestnut Hill. BYOB and yummy.
      French? Spring Mill Cafe in Conshohocken, also a BYOB. Has their own parking lot.

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      1. re: arepo

        Mica in Chestnut Hill has a parking lot behind it. I've never found it very noisy.

        On second thought, Bibou is probably too noisy (it's always full).

        1. I don't know how close is "close", but on East Passyunk these days they have (I think) two valet parking stations along the avenue that put you within a block or two of nearly all the great places on the Avenue.

          1. Hi to Buckethead and others: we've had an easy time
            of parking on EAst Passyunk Ave; which places could
            you suggest, other than Le Virtu, which is fine, but we've been there several times, and would like to try someplace

            I have a call in to Pescatore also to ask about where to park nearby. That sounds great also.

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            1. re: Bashful3

              On Passyunk:
              It's really terrific. Top of my list.
              Not byob.
              Also have heard very good things about Laurel,
              which is byob.

              1. re: Bashful3

                Yes, I forgot about that. I usually park on EPx itself (easy if you have an early res), but recently got valet parking for the first time. IIRC, there are 2 stands, one directly in front of Le Virtu, and the other on the square which is flanked by Noord, Fond, and Stateside. Only $8 if you get validated by one of the participating restaurants. Incredibly convenient!

                However, I forget what days they are open (probably Thur, Fri, Sat), but I'm pretty sure it's not on Tuesday.

                1. re: PhillyBestBYOB

                  Noord is noisy however. Fond is probably not exactly quiet either (but much better than the old days in the Laurel space).

                2. re: Bashful3

                  Of the other big four restaurants on the Avenue (Fond, Noord, Will, Laurel), Noord is the only place I'd avoid due to noise, I've never had a problem at Will (others have), and Fond and Laurel are both pretty quiet. There are fewer seats at Laurel now than when the space was Fond, and they installed some sound-absorbing mats on the ceiling, so it's a lot quieter in there than when it was Fond.

                  1. re: Buckethead

                    Ice ever had a problem with Will either, even when they were completely full. Though I like Pescatore, I would choose the restaurants on Passyunk that have been mentioned over it.

                3. The last time we went to Fond, we asked for a quiet table. The noise level was moderate - it was acceptable.
                  We do tend to go early.

                  If you really want quiet, go to the northeast to Moonstruck. Quiet, parking, and good food.