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Suggestion please for BEST Philly Dinner -

UES Mayor Jul 3, 2012 05:45 AM

Coming in for couple days staying in Rittenhouse Square and looking for your best suggestion for fabulous dinner near Rittenhouse Sq. Willing to travel but not to far by cab to further destinations if its worth it!! Price not and factor!!

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    Philly Ray RE: UES Mayor Jul 3, 2012 05:50 AM

    Vetri, if you can get in. If not, Lacroix (which is right in The Rittenhouse Hotel).

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      DaisyM RE: Philly Ray Jul 3, 2012 07:25 AM

      I'd also add the Four Seasons to the list.

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        cwdonald RE: Philly Ray Jul 3, 2012 08:25 AM

        +1 for Lacroix, especially their tasting menu.

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        Buckethead RE: UES Mayor Jul 3, 2012 08:05 AM

        There are quite a few excellent places in and around Rittenhouse Square but none I'd consider "Best in Philly" (though I haven't been to Lacroix in a long time). A 5-10 minute cab ride will get you to several of them though: Osteria, Bibou, Vedge, Kanella, and Zahav. I wouldn't recommend Vetri. Osteria is better and much less expensive.

        If you'd rather stay within easy walking distance of Rittenhouse I'd suggest a.kitchen, just north of the northeast corner of Rittenhouse Square.

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          cwdonald RE: Buckethead Jul 3, 2012 08:26 AM

          One other place in the Rittenhouse area to consider is Matyson. Their tasting menu is brilliant. They are doing Lobster this week, (closed on the Fourth).

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          deprofundis RE: UES Mayor Jul 3, 2012 11:57 AM

          From best to worst, I would do Vetri, Bibou, Osteria, Kanella, and perhaps Zahav if you get the mesibah. a.kitchen is also very good, and just a few steps from Rittenhouse Square.

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            Rcsha RE: UES Mayor Jul 6, 2012 06:13 AM

            10 Arts by Ripert was very good. The salmon tartare was exquisite: perfect balance of fresh chives and Dijon mustard.

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              Buckethead RE: Rcsha Jul 6, 2012 06:19 AM

              I'm not sure when you were there but it took a steep downward turn after Jen Carroll left.

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              doxiemom RE: UES Mayor Jul 6, 2012 10:27 AM

              If you're in for a weekend, try to get reservations for Lacroix's Sunday Brunch. It's unbelievable. Matyson remains one of my all time favorites, and is steps from the square. We just did the "Soft Shell Sunday" dinner and it was phenomonally delicious, and at $35 and BYOB one of the best deals in the city.

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                bluehensfan RE: doxiemom Jul 6, 2012 01:32 PM

                I like LaCroix but do other people think that the food took a step down with the (somewhat) new chef? Of course the nice environment and attentive service can make you almost overlook the food...

                Of course another vote by me for the Mesibah at Zahav.

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                  DaisyM RE: bluehensfan Jul 6, 2012 02:14 PM

                  When we have guests from out of town, we take them to Zahav.

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