On July 5th I hope to celebrate a special occasion at a restaurant somewhere in the Philadelphia area (South Jersey and Philadelphia suburbs definitely work too). Basically, I'm looking for somewhere quiet where I'm not sitting right on top of the tables next to me, and where I can hear my dining partner and him me without difficulty. Ideally, we'd like to keep the cost at around $100 total, though there is some flexibility there. In terms of particulars, I am a vegetarian and he is not. As long as there is one item on the menu that I can eat I am fine, meaning I'm not really looking for a recommendation for a vegetarian-only restaurant such as Horizons. He enjoys fish but also likes pasta, other meats, or pretty much anything that is good. I am a non-drinker and he drinks, so BYOB usually works best but anywhere that offers wine by the glass would work too. We've been to several BYOBs in the city and surrounding areas (Branzino, L'Angelo, Sola, Matyson, etc) and are really just looking for a quiet atmosphere that makes us feel as if the night revolves around us. Some thoughts I had were Mr. Martino's Trattoria, Kristian's, Ristorante Panorama, etc. Any insight you guys have would be great. p.s. Since this is a holiday weekend (and only 2 weeks away) I realize our options might be somewhat limited. Thanks!
p.s. While I read the recent post about the couple celebrating their one year anniversary, and saw similarities in what they were seeking and what we are seeking, I don't think that the tapas route ala Amada, etc. would work for us for this particular night.