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.
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.
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.