Looking for splurge meal in Philly
Just sold our house in the burbs and moved into Center City. Looking for a high end dining experience to celebrate and spend some of the sale proceeds. But I don't want to pay just for reputation. What's one of the best meals in town that is worth it? 10 Arts looks interesting but being in the lobby seems noisy. Any recommendations? Thanks.
Vetri. Not everyone on this board agrees that the tasting menu is the best value (it's pretty pricey, but I think it is), but you can just as easily go on a weeknight or friday night and order off the menu.
In terms of fine dining that is both good and quiet, I think the only options left that I can think of are Vetri, Fountain, Le Bec Fin, Estia, Prime Rib, and maybe some of the other classic steakhouses.
I agree with urbanfabric that the full Vetri tasting menu is the ultimate splurge in town.
Brunch at LaCroix was my favorite splurge. Aside from the incredible food, it was fun!
That's where I am choosing to celebrate my next occasion.
(And we've been to most of the others.)
I would third Vetri and add James - James gets mixed reviews here but I have never been disappointed and apparently neither has the James Beard foundation (and he was asked to try out for the American Bocuse d'Or team last winter when a contestant dropped out
the best meal i've ever had was when i took my gf to morimoto for her 30th birthday. we each had the omakase, and split the drink accompaniment.
If food is all that matters, Bibou leaves Le Bec Fin in the dust. Of course, if a stunning dining room and impeccable service matter more to you, the opposite might be true. Personally, I'd go for the best food, a casual BYOB atmosphere and a delightful hostess.
Haven't tried Vetri and the others yet.
Not downtown, but Blackfish in Conshohocken rivals Bibou for food.
Interestingly, and perhaps not surprisingly, both chefs are Le Bec Fin alumni.