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2 Nights in PHL: Need separate recs for excellent seafood, and a great steak. Staying near UPenn.

fogfog Jul 7, 2011 02:05 PM

Will be flying in for a birthday dinner--need a rec for a steakhouse.
We are staying near the UPenn campus and will travel by cab.
Have another night for a meal. Perhaps something for great seafood?
As mentioend, we will only travel by cab as we will have a grandparent with us, so nothing in the burbs please.


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    DaisyM Jul 7, 2011 02:55 PM

    I'd suggest Barcaly Prime for the steak dinner.

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      cwdonald Jul 7, 2011 05:05 PM

      +1 for Barclay Prime

      The other place to consider is Butcher and Singer. This is the former Striped Bass (think the Sixth Sense). While they have changed the decor somewhat, it is a very elegant setting. I find it quieter than Barclay, and a bit more staid which might be something your grand parents are looking for. Both are owned by Stephen Star.

      Other steakhouses include Del Friscos, Union Trust, Capital Grille, Ruth Chris, and the Palm. Capital Grille for a chain probably produces the best food, and is consistently good.

      If you want more of a relaxed seafood dinner the Oyster House is fun... good oysters, steamers etc, and a darned good lobster roll. Fish as mentioned above is doing some great food. Love their skate with truffled spaetzlel.

      1. re: cwdonald
        fogfog Jul 19, 2011 08:19 AM

        Have eaten at several Ruth Chris, and the Palm in Wash DC and Orlando.

        Is Del Friscos a stand alone family place or multi-city establishment? Union Trust? Would be nice to eat at a "local" place, kwim?
        Sat night we will want a relaxed meal, I will check on the Oyster House. Thanks

        1. re: fogfog
          cwdonald Jul 19, 2011 09:12 AM

          Del Frisco's is a chain, but this it is small and high end. (Only nine restaurants nation wide... ).

          Union Trust is independent and about three years old.

          Barclay Prime and Butcher and Singer are both local.. and very good. consensus is either is better than Union Trust or Del Friscos.

          1. re: cwdonald
            Buckethead Jul 19, 2011 11:18 AM

            I've only been to B&S and UT, but UT was much better, B&S couldn't cook a steak to temperature. This was a while ago though, B&S had just opened and Kevin Sbraga was in the kitchen at UT at the time, so maybe it's different now. Also, the space at UT is much nicer.

        2. re: cwdonald
          Cheesesteak Jul 19, 2011 10:43 AM

          +1 for Barclay Prime. That place is great, always feels like a special meal there. My favorite steakhouse in the city by far.

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        InSearchOfTacos Jul 7, 2011 02:56 PM

        had some really amazing seafood at little fish (6th and bainbridge, not too far a cab ride) last weekend. was impressed by the scallop appetizer with coconut milk and tapioca as well as the lovely salmon main course- although imo it could have used less pork belly

        ive heard lovely things about fish (same guy as little fish)- rittenhouse/fitler might be a nicer area for you.

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        1. re: InSearchOfTacos
          JanR Jul 7, 2011 03:40 PM

          They are both very good. Little Fish is byob and Fish has a liquor license. BTW, I had the King salmon dish at LF too. I thought it was great but a bit too much pork belly. I'm not much of a meat eater though. Be sure to order oysters at either place. They always have a good selection of East and West coasts.

          1. re: JanR
            fogfog Jul 19, 2011 08:01 AM

            Thanks everyone. I appreciate the help.
            The grandparent will want a drink/wine so will check out Fish too

            1. re: fogfog
              fogfog Jul 25, 2011 02:37 PM

              Had lunch at New Deck Tavern. Great Rueben. Mediocre fries.
              Sat Dinner at Oyster House. Terrific Raw Bar Sampler with a variety of oysters, chilled lobster etc. Apricot/peach crumble was terrific.
              Sun dinner at Barclay Prime. Nice cocktails, good wine list. Fabulous meal. Among 3, we tried oysters, lobster bisque, chopped salad, wedge salad with crab, steaks, lobster, the marble potatos, and lemon panna cotta etc etc. $500.

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