Need Recs for Excellent Chow Near Rittenhouse Square
I will be visiting Philadelphia on business next week and will be staying near Rittenhouse Square. I'd like suggestions for really good restaurants within walking distance for a small group (4 or 5). Nothing real formal, but good food/wine a must. A nice bistro would fit the bill. Anything distinctively Philly would be a plus. Cost not really an issue.
Thanks in advance. It's been a long time since I've been to your fair city, and am really looking forward to my visit.
Tria and Zahav are both very good, but Tria has a limited food menu and Zahav is not in walking distance.
You guys might like Tinto (Basque tapas and a good Spanish wine list) or, more off the beaten path, Meme, which is a true American bistro. I'm not sure about the wine list at Meme.
Neither serve distinctly Philly food, but Tinto is run by Iron Chef Jose Garces who has a formidable restaurant empire here and is a staple of the food scene, and Meme will take you a bit into the residential part of Rittenhouse, which is pleasant and has a unique vibe.
Parc, a French bistro right on the square is also an option, but with a more generic character in my opinion.
Zahav is good, although, not entirely walking distance from Rittenhouse. If you want something on or near the square, I'd recommend Parc. It's a bistro, open to the square, good wine and good food. Two others in the neighborhood: Pub & Kitchen (more gastropub than bistro, but good food) and Meritage.
Tria is lovely, but difficult to walk in and get a table for 4 or 5 many evenings.