Courtesy posting: my aunt is taking her aged mother out to dinner on Christmas Eve. Said aunt is from New York City and has no idea where to take Aged Mother.
--Nothing too adventurous, cuisine-wise; Aged Mother is leery of things as exotic as sushi.
--Located in Center City, the closer to Rittenhouse Sq., the better. (A short cab ride is also doable.)
--Not too beef/meat centered. Fish is the preferred protein, but again, sushi is over the line.
--Nice decor--Aged Mother appreciates a sleek look. Modern is preferable to frou-frou, but no place where the lack of ambience is outweighed by the quality of the food. (I will never understand this, but yes, Virginia, decor is just as important as the food.) Aunt said: "like the lobby of a W hotel, or something."
--QUIET--we were at Parc and both Aunt and Aged Mother found the noise level bothersome and unwanted.
--Needs to be open on Christmas Eve.
--Both Aunt and Aged Mother are sort of birdlike eaters. Heartier, more rustic fare is not what they're after.
I suggested Tinto, Estia, and 10 Arts, though I haven't been to any of those, and haven't lived in Philadelphia for a few years now. Where else might fit the bill?
Thanks in advance!