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Day Trip To Philly

My girlfriend and I are taking a day trip to Philly. I have spent a lot of time in DC and NYC, but have never been to Philly. She's been once or twice briefly. We're both in college, but are serious about food, and willing to go upscale if it comes highly recommended. We're going on Columbus Day. What should we do?

I want to try cheesesteaks of course and the only restaurants I've read about are Le Bec Fin (would probably do lunch, if at all) and Buddakan (would do dinner and drinks late night.) What do you recommend for a nice dinner? I'm thinking about $30-$50/person with 1 drink each, but again am flexible. In New York, we loved wd-50, Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe. For us, the quality of the food is #1. We would not be interested in a place like New York's Tao that has a fun vibe, but horrendous food.

Thanks!

Oct 05, 2008
holtz in Pennsylvania

Other restaurants near Di Fara Pizza

I rented a car and will be driving from Manhattan to Di Fara Pizza in Midwood, Brooklyn today. Are there any other places I should visit on the way, nearby, or just because I have access to a car?

Aug 12, 2008
holtz in Outer Boroughs

4 nights in NYC – my plan....

I really would recommed Esca for their pastas - they are all under $30. I had the spaghetti with chiles, mint, and a 1 lb. lobster which was oustanding. Puttanesca is nothing to write home about - just a decent run-of-the-mill Italian place.

Aug 07, 2008
holtz in Manhattan

Restaurant Week - Town

I went for restaurant week lunch and had the Almond Gazpacho, Duck Tortellini, and mocha dessert. I also tried a friend's beet salad and shared the escargot risotto from the regular menu. The food was very mediocre.

Aug 04, 2008
holtz in Manhattan

HELP - Kuma Inn or Bread Bar at Tabla TOMORROW

Thanks. We went to Kuma Inn - definitely not a last-dinner-in-the-city kind of place, though an enjoyable experience. Overall, I'd recommend the restaurant to anyone looking for good food in a cool, laid-back, atmosphere. The prices of the small plates can add up quickly - on food only (Kuma is BYOB), we spent about $40/person. The food is not amazing, but it is very good, and I would definitely go back. We have almost two weeks left in the city, just not next weekend, so we'll have to try somewhere else before we go.

Aug 04, 2008
holtz in Manhattan

HELP - Kuma Inn or Bread Bar at Tabla TOMORROW

I am taking my girlfriend out to dinner during our last weekend in the city and have reservations at both places.

We both love Asian food (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai) in general, but I saw one or two posts that said Kuma Inn is just so so.

We've tried a few of Danny Meyer's other restaurants (Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Shake Shack) and loved them all.

Which do you recommend? Please help!

Thanks.

Aug 01, 2008
holtz in Manhattan

HELP - Kuma Inn or Bread Bar at Tabla TOMORROW

I am taking my girlfriend out to dinner during our last weekend in the city and have reservations at both places.

We both love Asian food (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai) in general, but I saw one or two posts that said Kuma Inn is just so so.

We've tried a few of Danny Meyer's other restaurants (Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Shake Shack) and loved them all.

Which do you recommend? Please help!

Thanks.

Aug 01, 2008
holtz in Manhattan