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Dinner in Rittenhouse Square and Brunch anywhere for 2?

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My husband and I live in NYC but are coming down to enjoy the Pearl Jam concert tomorrow night and we are staying over night at a hotel in Rittenhouse Square. We are looking for really good all american /new american/traditional fare for dinner near the hotel...we are also looking for the best breakfast you've got for Saturday morning...Ideas?

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  1. Personally I eat pancakes every Saturday at the Dutch Eating Place at Reading Terminal Market. It's not fancy, just good food in a great setting http://www.readingterminalmarket.org and it's only a ten minute walk or so from Rittenhouse. It's essentially a big counter with great Amish food that puts places like the Chelsea Market to shame. So if you want the best, there is that or there are places like Sabrina's, Carman's, and Morning Glory, but they are a cab ride away. If you are looking for a fancier brunch right n the Rittenhouse area, there is always Parc. I'm not sure LaCroix does brunch on Saturday...

    As far as dinner, there are places that I really like but none are all that traditional in that area. They do have a lot of steak houses right there (admittedly outside my area of expertise) but I am sure someone will chime in with what is good. There is Matyson a few blocks to the north that I have heard good things about but have never been there.

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    Reading Terminal Market
    51 N 12th St # 2, Philadelphia, PA

    Matyson Restaurant
    37 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Dutch Eating Place
    12th Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Morning Glory
    735 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

    1. Matyson is really good new american but they may be booked.

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      Matyson Restaurant
      37 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

      1. Matyson, as the other posters mentioned, is very well regarded and they are especially known for their weekly $45 tasting menus. Their "prevent the flu" menu this week actually looks really good: http://www.matyson.com/tastingmenu.html

        There are a couple more American/"traditional" options not far from the square. Meme is a small, chef run New American spot but again a table may be hard to come by. Pub & Kitchen is not exactly American, it is sort of like a reinvented, very well done English pub menu and quite good. They don't take reservations. Le Bec Fin, while French, certainly has a traditional fine dining vibe going on, as does Lacroix in the Rittenhouse Hotel. Noble is another New American spot; reviews have been mixed and I have not been there.

        bluehensfan is spot on with the breakfast recommendations. Sabrina's has two locations, and the one on 9th St is at the head of the Italian market so if you go there you can take a stroll through the outdoor market afterward or while you are waiting for a table. They get crowded but you can call ahead to get your name on the list. The cab ride will be less than $10. Their Callow Hill location is actually not all that far from Rittenhouse though the walk is kind of dull on a Saturday as you walk through the business district. If you make Logan Square on the way, that is nice if the weather is good. You get great views of both the art museum and City Hall.

        Both Parc and Rouge have decent brunches if not the "best" but are great for people watching and right on Rittenhouse Square.

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        Matyson Restaurant
        37 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

        1. Matyson is a great dinner choice, if you can get a table (do reserve, you might get lucky if you need an early seating pre-concert.) Also it's BYOB so stop in the Wine & Spirits shop nearby on Chestnut street first. Audrey Claire is also near by (and also BYOB) with a nice varied menu of small and larger plates. Pub & Kitchen, a short walk down on 20th Street, might also be good for a pre-show bite and drink, or maybe Village Whiskey?

          For breakfast I love Ants Pants Cafe on South Street, but it gets very packed, very quickly, on the weekends. Reading Terminal is good choice definitely if you don't mind a walk or short cab ride before breakfast. I never cared for Morning Glory, myself though it does get a lot of hype and praise from others.

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          Matyson Restaurant
          37 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

          1. I doubt you'll get into Matyson at this point. You might try Noble American Cookery. It's near Rittenhouse, and sounds like what you describe.

            http://www.noblecookery.com/

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            Matyson Restaurant
            37 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

            Noble American Cookery
            2025 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103