Thank you to all of you for your great suggestions, both for areas and for specific restaurants. We tried to incorporate as much as we could, based on where we wound up on a particular day. Night one was dinner at Il Fornello on Church. It wasn't our first choice, but we didn't realize MOnday was a holiday, so our options were more limited than we expected. It was not particularly "chowhound-y" but it was pretty good. We did breakfast at Fran's on both mornings...mmmm...(and right in our hotel, cant beat that!)We then did dim sum at Bright Pearl in Chinatown, and then dinner at Crush. Crush was GREAT! As I noted in other posts, very consistent, yummy food, and I loved the various sizes of wine so that we could try lots of options.
Thanks again for pointing us in th right direction. Please let me know if you're in the Philly area...I'd be happy to make some of my own suggestions ad return the favors!