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mcegielski Jan 6, 2010 07:42 AM


I posted a few days ago about late night dining. Now we are getting in at 6pm so we could eat anywhere.

If you were 2 guys coming in to Philly for one night before heading to Atlantic City the next day for a four day poker binge where would you dine?

We have one night. Price not an option. Two big dudes.

We like old school, we like new school. We just have one dinner.

Where would be the coolest or most fun place to eat in Philly?

We eat Italian, Steak, Thai, French, Bar Food, High End, whatever!

Thank you for any recommendations.

  1. coookie Jan 6, 2010 08:56 AM

    village whiskey. oysters, burgers and bourbon ought to put you in the gambling mood.


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    1. re: coookie
      CarolinePhillyTourism Jan 6, 2010 02:18 PM

      Great choice of all of the above, actually. But I think Village Whiskey might be extra fun - if you are big guys, then you'll love their burger, which is quite the talk of Philadelphia at the moment. It's a small place, and you'll have to check if they take reservations. But it's centrally located and owned by Jose Garces... the new Iron Chef.

      1. re: CarolinePhillyTourism
        mcegielski Jan 6, 2010 04:15 PM

        OH MY GOD!!!!! you guys and gals all rock. Village Whiskey looks great and Barclay Prime looks super cool!!!!! Thank you.

        1. re: mcegielski
          barryg Jan 6, 2010 07:14 PM

          They do not take reservations. Be warned that it has been very very difficult to get a table there. You will certainly have to wait during any normal dinner hour, perhaps a long time, maybe over two hours if a Fri or Sat. But, they will take your cell # and call you so you could go drink at Franklin or something while you wait. Since you only have the one night, plan for that and maybe consider a backup plan.

          1. re: barryg
            mazza3 Jan 7, 2010 08:32 AM

            yeah, the burger is heaven on earth, but i waited 45 minutes for a 1.30 lunch (sat around 2.15). barclay prime is banging though and definitely good pre-poker tournament food....

            1. re: mazza3
              DaisyM Jan 7, 2010 09:16 AM

              I think Barclay Prime is a good choice, but I'm also going to throw at Distrito. And if you have a free evening in AC, Dock's for amazing seafood and cocktails.

              1. re: DaisyM
                mcegielski Jan 7, 2010 01:31 PM

                thanks daisy m. i have ac down pretty hardcore.

                white house subs thurs
                baltimore grill for pizza fri
                angelo's fairmont tavern for sat dinner
                knife and fork for sunday dinner

                squeeze in a second white house visit somewhere and some slices from chelsea 2 and januzzi's........also i like breakfast at the little greek joint by the taj...Constantino's. i love AC!

                ooppss...almost forgot the always delicious pepperoni and cheese platter and the irish pub

                thank you,


                1. re: mcegielski
                  DaisyM Jan 7, 2010 02:16 PM

                  Have fun and I hope you win!

                  1. re: DaisyM
                    mcegielski Feb 25, 2010 06:19 PM

                    Do any of you think there would be a wait at Village Whiskey on a Wed night around 8:30pm? Can one eat at the bar there?

                    1. re: mcegielski
                      bonappetite Feb 26, 2010 04:53 AM

                      I went one weeknight and had to wait to even sit at the bar.....it was within the first few weeks of opening though, so hopefully better now and it's defiitely worth a try! I was alone and gave up after 10 minutes but will definitely get back....hmmmm, maybe lunch on this snowy day!!!

                      1. re: bonappetite
                        Buckethead Feb 26, 2010 08:11 AM

                        I've only been to VW once, because of the wait times I'd heard of. I walked in at 3 PM on a snow day and was able to sit right down at the bar. By the time we left, it was packed. I think you have to go in between lunch and dinner.

                        1. re: Buckethead
                          mcegielski Mar 18, 2010 07:06 AM

                          we ended up at village whiskey and it was AWESOME!

                          Burger was incredible, duck fat fries were great and artichoke platter with the sweet ricotta was wunderbar. bartenders very knowledgeable. all around a wonderful place and a great kick off to the trip. i would go there again in a heartbeat. hungover the next morning we hit dinic's at reading terminal. that was heaven on earth! thank you everybody anf thank you philly!

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      urbanfabric Jan 6, 2010 08:54 AM

      I would do drinks at Franklin Mortgage & Investments (18th St, just north of Sansom), and dinner at Barclay Prime (modern steakhouse), 18th St. Southeast corner of Rittenhouse Square.

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      1. re: urbanfabric
        sockii Jan 6, 2010 11:09 AM

        That sounds like heaven to me and a pretty much perfect rec.

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