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Favorite restaurant near the Four Seasons?

Hi everyone,
We are new to the area, moved to the Main Line from Illinois in August.
My husband and I will be staying at the Four Seasons Saturday night and would love your suggestions on where to have a great dinner to celebrate my husband's birthday. We have a young son, so we don't get out as much as we used to, so Saturday will be a real treat for us. What are your favorite restaurants?

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  1. Will you be dining with your son or is this a "date"?

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    1. re: cwdonald

      Hi, this is a date night, thanks for asking.

    2. The Fountain restaurant in the FS is very very good and esp for special occasions. Why schlep?

      1. In terms of proximity to the Four Seasons, I would probably choose Vernick (new american small plates reservations necessary), Avance (the Le Bec Fin replacement), Serpico, or Fork. Each of these restaurants is a bit different, but is offering some of the most creative food in Philadelphia.

        I would then follow up with Sunday brunch at LaCroix.

        If you tell us more about the type of food you enjoy, and whether you would consider BYO I am sure folks can provide a more detailed response. Do you have a price range?

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        1. re: cwdonald

          If this is for this coming Saturday, most of those places will be booked already but it's worth checking. Vernick would be my pick, for it's proximity to the hotel, but they're all excellent.

          Avance also has the bar downstairs, it's not the same experience as upstairs but the food comes out of the same kitchen, and seats there are relatively easy to book (it's listed on Opentable under the "B"s). The dry-aged duck dish there is fantastic.

          1. re: cwdonald

            Great suggestions, thank you!
            We like all kinds of food, like to try new things, like having cocktails at the bar, first. We never done BYO.
            My husband loves oysters before a main course. We don't mind spending a lot on a birthday dinner. We'd rather go to great places a few times than go out a lot to middle-of-the-road places.

            1. re: OFDBoston

              Thinking about the Oysters, I would choose either Vernick or Fork. They both have a nice preparation of oysters, and prepared in a thoughtful way. The bar at Avance almost always has oysters as well.

              Fork and Avance have prix fixe options, if you enjoy a tasting menu.

            2. re: cwdonald

              Isn't Fork quite far from the Four Seasons?

              1. re: JanR

                10 dollar cab ride... but you are right it is not walking distance!

            3. My pick would be Vedge for a date night in that vicinity. Who cares if it's vegetarian, you're not going to miss the meat. It's a beautiful space. Start your night in the cocktail lounge and go from there.

              If I was alone, I'd go to Barbuzzo, get the Uovo and finish the night with the Budino.

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              1. re: ipsedixit

                thank you!
                One of my neighbors also recommended Vedge recently. I might try that next week.

                1. re: OFDBoston

                  You may even want to consider the Oyster House. Not as fancy as the rest but a wonderful oyster selection and very good seafood.

              2. If it is for this Saturday, March 1, you are already too late for some popular places. Vernick has nothing, and Fork has only very early or very late. You can always try calling; sometimes you get lucky.

                I don't think you would go wrong if you go over to the Oyster House for drinks and oysters, and then dine at the Fountain Room in the Four Seasons.
                According to Open Table, they have nothing until 9pm, but since you are staying there, you could probably get a dinner reservation earlier. I wouldn't wait to call.
                We have gone there for celebratory dinners and enjoyed it very much. I didn't check LaCroix; that is another place to celebrate.

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                1. re: sylviag

                  Not as modern or creative as the other places mentioned, but the prime rib and Barclay prime are both good steakhouses to celebrate at. Both have good oysters and cocktails in my experience as well.

                  1. re: barryg

                    +1 on The Prime Rib....old school, great beef ...some think it the cities best beef as do I.

                    1. re: Bacchus101

                      Yeah and the bar is awesomely galmerous and old school. One of the few places you won't feel out of place at all In a suit.