Hoping to take a friend out for his birthday in a few weeks (the Saturday of labor day weekend). I'm wondering if people have suggestions for a nice place (ideally under $100 for a dinner for two, with one being a non-drinker and one being a very light drinker). The problem is that I'm still not totally sure of all of his likes and dislikes. Things I know he likes--Southern Italian food, fish of all varieties, sushi, pub fare, etc. Things I'm unsure of--traditional steakhouse fare, Chinese/Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese/etc, trendy "American" food (i.e. most of the Stephen Starr types of places). I can be really flexible about location--I am in Chestnut Hill and he is in Bala Cynwyd, and we'll be traveling down to Helium for the 10:30pm show so have plenty of time to get dinner out of the city and then head down there, though dinner in the city is fine too. I posted a few weeks ago asking for suggestions near Helium, but that was a very different situation and I'm not sure if those suggestions would really apply here...I plan to use them in the future, though!
A few more quick notes--I don't care if the place is BYOB or not, as we really won't be drinking much; I need the place to take reservations as I'd hate to arrive and face a long wait; I am a vegetarian (ovo lacto...no meat, poultry, fish) though am completely happy with something basic and boring. Thanks in advance for all of the help. My apologies for such an ambigous post...I'm hopeful that someone will read it and have a restaurant instantly pop into his/her mind, as I've been struggling to come up with one. I've been searching the boards, but the broadness of my request is proving problematic.