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final trip to philadelphia - narrow down 4 dinner options?

Here are my recommendations. I tried to give you a variety of locations, cuisine, and ambiance:

Chifa . Grab a drink at Union Trust next door to see the space, go to Reading Terminal Market beforehand to see the best indoor market in the city (check closing times, believe the shut down at 6PM)

James. Grab a glass of wine at Supper beforehand. Whole Foods supermarket is across the street if you don't have one near you.

Monks. Grab Capogiro on 13th St. afterwards.

Matyson. Grab a drink at Parc beforehand. And/Or Tria.

The best beer store is by far the Foodery in Northern Liberties. Go there.

Jul 06, 2009
malbec in Pennsylvania

Lunch near Convention Center?

RTM is MOBBED during the flower show. It's very overwhelming and potentially intimidating. I recommended walking down 13th and stopping at Lolita, El Vez, Vintage or Time (on Sansom) for safe eats.

Feb 27, 2009
malbec in Pennsylvania

Dim Sum Dinner in Philly

Any recommendations for quality dim sum for a night out? Open to any neighborhood in Philadelphia, prefer to be in town and not suburbs/NJ. Searching the boards and the internet didn't provide much beyond a dim sum brunch reco. TIA!

Feb 27, 2009
malbec in Pennsylvania

Anyone been to "Time" [Restaurant, Whisky Bar & Tap Room, Absinthe Lounge] which replaced Ludwig's Garten on Sansom?

Yes. The food was delicious and worthy of Laban's 2 stars. I recommend the ribeye and salmon wellington. I was disappointed with the variety of options. I would like to see the menu expand especially with starters. We tried the grande absinthe, which tasted more like sambucca but I guess that's on par for US absinthe. Service was flakey.

The ambiance is intersting - jazzy, airy lounge on one side, dark, Ludwig-esque dive on the other side, and a dingy, tapestry-laden upstairs. Definitely worth checking out to decide for yourself.

Aug 06, 2008
malbec in Pennsylvania

BYO Dinner after matinee at the Academy of Music - need help

Bistro la Baia (6-7 blocks)
Lolita (2-3 blocks)
La Fontana Della Citta (4-5 blocks)

Aug 06, 2008
malbec in Pennsylvania

Not too exotic, not too heavy

Twenty Manning
Matyson (BYO)
Zot

Aug 06, 2008
malbec in Pennsylvania

Philly CHs -- NJ Opinions? - moved from Pennsylvania board

AVOID NUNZIOS. I agree it used to be great but it's been on downward spiral recently. My last two trips there were disasterous. The ambience is good but the food was overpriced and underwhelming. There are better choices for you.

Sapori (northern italian) in Collingswood may be a good alternative for you as you get a good atmosphere and delicious food. Also consider Villa Barone, as it's a better atmosphere for families. Collingswood is BYO.

Mar 28, 2008
malbec in Mid-Atlantic

Sofitel Hotel Restaurant any good?

It's called Chez Collete and it's very good. Although I wouldn't recommend it on its own given all the breadth of fantastic restaurants within walking distance, I believe it won't disappoint for a wedding brunch. The menu is French.

Aug 01, 2007
malbec in Pennsylvania

Fun and Cheap in Old City?

Great suggestions and some that I haven't considered. thanks!

Jul 17, 2007
malbec in Pennsylvania

Fun and Cheap in Old City?

Thanks. I was hoping for something with a "cooler" atmosphere. My experience with Spasso was years ago but it seemed more traditional, family, quiet.

Jul 17, 2007
malbec in Pennsylvania

Looking for Philly BYOB Where 2 Can Eat for $70 or less

Porcini, La Viola and Cafe Radiccio for Italian. Lolita (Mexican) can be done under $70 if you forego their fresh margarita mix.

If you're willing to make a short trip over the bridge, Collingswood NJ packs many BYOs that are delicious and wallet-friendly. For local produce, try Tortilla Press (Mexican). They are another BYOT establishment. Casona (Cuban) can be done under $70 again depending on your selections. And Bistro DiMarino is my favorite for inexpensive and delicious Italian. All have great atmospheres.

http://www.thetortillapress.com
http://www.mycasona.com
http://www.bistrodimarino.com

Jul 16, 2007
malbec in Pennsylvania

Fun and Cheap in Old City?

I'm looking for recommendations for a fun but inexpensive restaurant in or close to Old City for a bachelorette party of approximately 10. I'm considering Radiccio but am afraid of space constraints, Dmitris but think it's a little too far away, and Dolce but cannot find a review on their food. I'd like entrees to be around $20. BYO would be great but not required. All cuisines are welcomed.

Jul 16, 2007
malbec in Pennsylvania