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Large banquet in Center City or nearby

TheloniousB | Mar 12, 2010 10:32 AM

I'm trying to help organize a 95th birthday party for my Grandma in May. My family is split pretty evenly between N.Y./N.J. and VA/N.C., so everyone agreed to split the difference and meet in Philly. Problem is, none of us know Philadelphia at all.
I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants that can host a large banquet for about 50 people. I'd prefer:
* a cuisine that everyone can agree on (e.g., Italian, American or bistro),
* in Center City or nearby,
* kid-friendly, and
* ideally, something that's unique to Philly (i.e., not a Magianno's).
Please help me out, Chowhounds!

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