BYOB recs around Sheraton in City Center?
- Tir_na_nOg Sep 11, 2010 06:13 AM
I have friends visiting next Monday, staying at the Sheraton on 17th & Race St in City Center (near Logan Square), and they'd like to try Philly's BYOB scene. Since I just moved here, I'm clueless. What are good BYOBs in that general area (or if there is nothing in the immediate vicinity, elsewhere in CC)? Needs to be open on Monday. Completely open about cuisine/price...
I always enjoy La Viola when I visit Philly (Italian food)...I think it's about a mile from the Sheraton.
Matyson, on 19th between Market and Chestnut, is great - and walking distance.
For Italian, Branzino - quite good - is on 17th St, just north of Spruce.
Both of these places are walking distance, but not in the immediate vicinity. There isn't anything within a square or two of the Sheraton that I would recommend.
Thanks for the good advice.
Just got back from my first BYOB in Philly, lunch at Le Bec Fin (I don't think they usually do BYOB upstairs, but the couple organizing it knows Perrier). One of the best meals I've had in ages!
It's so cool to live in a BYOB city (unlike Boston).
Definitely Matyson. Would have also suggested Melograno but I see they are not open on Mondays.
Thanks for the great advice. We went to Matyson with a nice '04 Brunello, and I think I'm in love!
Reservations via OpenTable. Admittedly, when full, it is a very energetic restaurant, probably due to the small space. Parking is very convenient with a valet parking garage immediately across the street. And the hostess was incredibly attentive. She visited our table after each course was served. Actually bordered on the "so attentive, is she flirting with me?", which I personally wouldn't complain about! Decent wine service with good but not great stems.
The 6-course tasting menu is an excellent deal for $45. The theme was birds, presumably in honor of the start of the football season, and it definitely took my mind off the game. Saffron poached egg sitting in a salad "nest" with lobster and serrano; foie gras ravioli with foam, corn and blackberries; grilled quail on farro... I was starting to get full after the 4th course, and then the 5th hit and I wanted two more servings: thinly sliced med-rare duck breast with a crispy Chinese 5-spice crust on a bed of baby bok choy, pureed sweet potatoes and a soy BBQ sauce. OMG, I'm going to have to reverse engineer this dish at home!
Opted to pay the extra $2 for the apparently highly regarded coconut cream pie off of the a la carte menu, instead of the butterscotch creme brulee from the prix fixe. While good, I wasn't blown away by it and probably wouldn't order it again.
But I'll definitely be going back soon to Matyson...