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Manhattan Hound Looking for Mid-Week Breakfast Recommendations Near Rittenhouse Square

I was just going to recommend Lacroix.

Too bad you are not visiting over a weekend as Lacroix's brunch is one of the best in Philly IMHO.

Apr 12, 2014
percyn in Philadelphia

Chicken liver lovers?

Second Osteria's chicken liver rigatoni

Mar 02, 2014
percyn in Philadelphia
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Best 10+ courses tasting menu

Studiokitchen (if there is a planned dinner that day)
Serpico
Fuji in Haddonfield
Paradiso
Bibou
Ela
Han Dynasty (20+ courses for a different experience)

Feb 20, 2014
percyn in Philadelphia

Epoisse Cheese: Where?

Wegman's also carries Epoisse

Jul 20, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Morimoto omakase

Its been a while, but I think it is around $120-$150pp.

They occasionally offer special dinners - ex. I had a great truffle dinner there. Price for this will be significantly higher.

Jun 14, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Where should we go for a GREAT dinner to impress someone on their first Philly visit?

Where do you and bf currently live? Is there a cuisine you do not typically get where you are?

In general, there are quite a few recommendations already give, so I will try to categorize them for you:

French - Bibou, Le Bec (before it closes), Lacroix, Fountain, Bistrot la Minette, 1852 (for Union League members)

"New American" - Sbraga, Fork, Fond, Farm & Fisherman, Talula's Garden

Ethnic - Han Dynasty, Kanella, Koo Zee Doo, Rangoon, Banana Leaf, Penang

If you can get into a private dinner at Studiokitchen, it will change your life.

Jun 14, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Airport for Breakfast

Au Bon Pain and the place right outside which serves La Columbe coffee both have decent breakfast sandwiches.

Depending on the time of the day, the Legal Seafood for a lobster roll may not be a bad option either

Jun 11, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Wednesday Lunch

If you like Spicy Sichuan food try Han Dynasty.

Federal Donuts for some great Fried Chicken

Paesano's or Dinic's for great sandwiches

Tons of other options based on your preference.

Jun 11, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Seasons 52

The KOP one is good, especially if you get one of their flatbreads or grilled fish (tried the salmon and trout).

Jun 11, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Best Hummus in the Burbs'?

Second Cedar's.

May 18, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Best Hummus in the Burbs'?

Try Aroma restaurant in the Valley Forge area.
http://aromamedcuisine.com/

May 13, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia
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Mangosteens in Philadelphia

$91/kg sounds high.
http://www.buyexoticfruits.com/mangos... seems a little cheaper, but can't tell for sure as they sell by the half dozen vs weight. My experience makes me guestimate that 6 mangosteens = 0.5kg.

May 06, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Mangosteens in Philadelphia

The Chinese produce/grocery place on 10th st next to the fire station had Mangosteens last week.

May 05, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Indian Alphonso Mangoes - Philly area

Has anyone seen Alphonso mangoes in the Indian stores in Philly or the western suburbs?

Thanks in advance.

Apr 28, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Langoustines in Paris?

I always get the famous Langoustine with Basil Pesto from L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Apr 26, 2013
percyn in France

Indian in the Burbs?

Good list.

Jashimalyan and Taste of India belong to the same owners, not sure if the recipes are the same.

Dosa Hut & Chaat House in Eagleville is quite good.

Spice Kitchen in East Norriton is also good.

In Exton try Indian Hut - http://www.indianhut.com/

Apr 26, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Indian in the Burbs?

Its Gajer ka halwa. Gajer = Carrots. The English spelling may vary.

Apr 26, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Dinner for 6 in Philly

I have had the suckling pig at Amada 3-4 times and always like it but this was at least a few years ago.

Apr 26, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia

Dinner for a large group in University City at a place with a good vibe?

Vernick is great but 60 people might be close to capacity

How about Han Dynasty in University City? Might have to reserve the entire place for 60 people.

Apr 26, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia
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Breakfast in Center City?

For something different, try:

Kanella - Cypriot cuisine including some great breakfast items

Koo Zee Doo - Portugese options like steak, potatoes and fried eggs along with great sausages.

Apr 26, 2013
percyn in Philadelphia
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Real Sichuan (spicy) near KOP

Do you get the shrimp with dry pepper at Han's? I have tried the Chicken with dry peppers several dozen times but never the shrimp!

Apr 23, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

Real Sichuan (spicy) near KOP

The lamb hotpot is very similar to the "drypot" you get at Han.

Yes, the poached pork in chili oil is exactly how you describe it and it was a recommendation from the owner when I asked him for some specialties.

I have not found a bad dish yet but would probably not rave about their Hot & Sour soup. Prefer Han's Dan Dan noodles and Kung Pao slightly more.

Apr 23, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

Possible to find good, reasonably-priced eats near Rittenhouse?

Unless additional guidance is provided on what constitutes "reasonable prices" (since that is subjective), I am afraid you will get a very diverse list of restaurants.

If you are looking for $30-$50/head, try Matyson, a.kitchen, Parc and specials at Lacroix.

Apr 23, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

Sunday Brunch near Ambler

Bella 19, a Mediterranean influenced small restaurant in Cedars (near Skippack) is really good and has a unique charm.

They also roast their own coffee and bake their own bread.

Apr 23, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

Badoit availability in the Philly area?

They serve it at Bibou. Call Charlotte to see where they get it from.

Mar 21, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

Where to buy affordable pile of demitasse spoons for party?

I often serve small bites on "Chinese soup spoons" which you can buy for around $1 each at restaurant supply places or in Chinatown.

Mar 21, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

Brunch Near the Art Museum

For an upscale brunch, try the Fountain Room or Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons.

How a quirky homey experience, try Sabrina's.

Have not been to fig but heard good things.

Mar 21, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

British/Irish food

Yes, T of B still carries prepared and other items in their freezer. I just bought some pork pies, sausage rolls, white pudding, etc after our afternoon tea this weekend.

Mar 21, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

Real Sichuan (spicy) near KOP

Have been there a few times since they opened. They have their own sign now - R&Z's Ping Pong, however, it is still hard to stop in a crowded strip mall. It is close to Panera.

Everything I have tried has been delicious and would recommend the Wontons in Chili oil, Poached pork in chili oil and Lamb hotpot.

The dishes have a depth of flavor without being overpoweringly spicy.

Mar 21, 2012
percyn in Philadelphia

Hacienda la Michoacana - Phoenixville

We had a cactus salad appetizer which was not bad, the "Capitan cocktail" appetizer was just OK.

For entrees we tried the Mole Poblano, which was too one dimensional and sweet (I could have gotten a better version from a box), the pulpo (octopus) was cooked well but served with the same generic sauce and mixture of onions and tons of bell peppers as the shrimp dish (tiny shrimp).

My friend commented that his bistek was OK, though hard to mess that up.

Service was friendly but slow. Overall left me expecting a lot more for the $50 +/person in a Mexican restaurant.

Dec 05, 2011
percyn in Philadelphia