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STILL another new restaurant off South Street - Philly

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STILL another new restaurant off South Street - Philly

Steve | Dec 22, 2003 10:38 PM

Lets see Next opened a few weeks ago and we got one or two reviews. Prices were $6-$9 for appetizers and Salads if I remember and entrees in the $17- mid 20s. Not cheap, more upper middle price.

Tonight I walked by the space on Third north of South that used the be L';Italia, a fairly inexpensive BYOB (Entrees were $11-$13.00. It's now called AVA. And is BYOB.

At 7pm there was one couple. At 10pm there were about 15 people in 3 or 4 groups. (I was on way to and from the movies).

I looked at menu and - like Michael Klein hinted at in his column - it was upper moderate. At least the Appetisers were $7.00 to $9.00 and 3 salads in the $6.00 to $8. range. There were a dozen entrees listed but - surprise! - no prices! Seems a strange way to get business. With all these places where just the enteee and a Salad will cost over $20.00 before tax and tip and coffee and dessert, being added to the corporate invasion on South St. (Abercrombie and Fitch replacing our beloved Book Trader). I'm wondering where folks are getting the money to support all these places. I will say, I've yet to walk by NEXT and see it full.

Last week we went back to San Carlo for first in a long time. Superb pasta (huge shared as appetizer). A large Chicken Dish and a Large Veal dish and superb Tiramisu. It was BYOB Mon-Thursday and so the bill with tax (before tip) was a hair over $40.00 for two!

I guess I'm regressing here but will anxiously await reviews here of Ava (though maybe that was Phylis Stein-Novak - of South Philly Review in there tonight. See seems to get to nearly every restaurant in it's first week.

Okay, so who's been there?

Steve

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