So, I have two very good friends visiting at the end of June whom I haven't seen in a while, and we may only get the chance for one dinner in Philly the Friday night they first arrive in town. (Originally I wanted to pick them up and make dinner for them in South Jersey at my house, but they would rather stick close to their hotel in Philly that night. Not a problem but I know I have to plan in advance to get a reservation anywhere notable on a Friday.)
They are both pretty serious foodies with a lot of world travel experience. I'm trying to decide what would be the best place in Philly to take them, given also that I haven't lived in the city for 4 years and there are a lot of new places I've wanted to try but haven't had the chance.
I was thinking possibly Ela (one of the party is a Top Chef fan), Vedge (they are both into healthy cooking but not vegetarians), Zahav (if I could get the lamb special), Serpico, or even maybe Volver. If you had a choice between those, which would you pick? Or would you choose something else? I do want to stick more or less to Center City/South Philly area for their convenience, otherwise I'd be booking at Mica no question since I love that place.