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bss25 Nov 18, 2009 10:20 AM

NYC-hound will be in Philly next Tuesday night for a little rendezvous with an old college lady friend and looking to do dinner. Staying in Center City so flexible wrt to suggestions so long as it is cabable. Also, I spent 4 years in Philly during the early 2000s during college so have tried a significant amount of Philly restaurants. Specifically, I am looking for recommendations of new places that are must trys for one meal only and/or japanese/sushi joints (I have done Morimoto already). Also, not interested in formal restaurants (no LeBec/Lacroix) though I used to adore the Striped Bass. Thanks in advance.

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Morimoto Restaurant
723 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA

Center City Cafe'
2 Public Sq Ste 125, Wilkes Barre, PA 18701

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    barryg Nov 18, 2009 10:26 AM

    I'm not sure when Amada opened but if you haven't been there, that is where I would go. It is tapas so you will be sharing, which can be romantic (if that is what you are going for). Zahav is another newer "must."

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    Zahav
    237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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      nwinkler Nov 18, 2009 10:56 AM

      I second Barryg's recs. Philly, as elsewhere, is having a global small-plates moment, and Solomonov and Garces are doing some of the best cooking around. Myself, I would choose Distrito over Amada, but I feel warmly towards all the Garces restaurants.

      If you're not feeling global small plates, I also recommend Kanella as a less flashy but still exciting alternative to the above. Greek/Cypriot cooking, sort of refined but also sort of raw. I'm a big fan. Note, though, that it's BYO.

      And while we're at it, here are another two picks: Meme and Bibou. Meme is a small restaurant--one simple room, tables somewhat cramped--but it has a great affordable wine list and delicious, affordable food. I'd describe it as American comfort food touched by French technique. Bibou is a hard reservation to score at the moment, but it serves perfectly executed, refined versions of bistro classics. It is BYO.

      None of these picks are sushi, sorry about that. Distrito, though, has fantastic ceviches. All these picks have websites with menus posted. Have fun!

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      Kanella
      266 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

      Distrito Restaurant
      3945 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

      Bibou
      1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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        Buckethead Nov 18, 2009 12:34 PM

        barryg's and nwinkler's recs are good, My pick for one meal would be Zahav or Kanella depending on what type of atmosphere you'd prefer (Zahav is slightly more upscale, Kanella more casual), but Amada and Distrito are great too (Distrito's my favorite of Jose Garces' places). Bibou is fantastic but is booked up on Tuesday.

        For sushi, go to Zento.

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        Kanella
        266 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

        Zento
        138 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

        Distrito Restaurant
        3945 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

        Zahav
        237 St James Place, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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          sylviag Nov 18, 2009 12:44 PM

          You could call Bibou and see if they have an opening. Sometimes there's a cancellation. It's special. byob, cash only.

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