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Nice lunch before Barnes visit

Villeny Jan 24, 2013 07:38 PM

coming down for the day from NYC to meet my daughter (Penn student) for lunch and a visit to the new Barnes Foundation. Would love a chowhound recommendation for a great lunch near the Barnes. And has anyone been to the restaurant in the Barnes, if so worth going to?

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    arepo Jan 26, 2013 05:50 AM

    What about considering lunch at the Art Museum or The Waterworks (right next door) and coupling TWO fine art museums instead of just one?

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      Villeny Jan 26, 2013 03:15 PM

      don't think we'll have time for 2 museums for thanks for the suggestion.

      Appreciate all the suggestions here! based on the menus that I've looked at online, Matyson looks like the food we would enjoy the most.

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        Hungryin theBurbs Jan 26, 2013 04:10 PM

        Matyson is a great choice. I haven't been for lunch in a while, but it is always reliably excellent for dinner, and I've always felt lunches there were a good value.

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      Milocat1 Jan 25, 2013 12:42 PM

      Last summer a friend and I went to Sang Kee for Peking Duck after we visited the Barnes Foundation. The restaurant is in Chinatown so not that close but the food was excellent. We got a special they had: wonton soup, Peking Duck with the pancakes and then more duck with veggies and fried rice. Was a real feast and very affordable. They are open all day.

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        susan1353 Jan 25, 2013 09:40 AM

        Rose Tattoo is a nice choice (fabulous mushroom bisque), and just a few blocks from the Barnes.


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          cwdonald Jan 26, 2013 11:29 AM

          +1 for the Rose tattoo. Also across the street is Kite and Key, a good pub, with decent food. Very good veggie burger. I like their mussels better than Belgian Cafe,(sweet Thai are the best) and they have a nice craft beer selection. In nice weather I like their outdoor seating. You will be able to park once and go to both the museum and lunch.

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          Villeny Jan 25, 2013 09:00 AM

          we'll be there on a wednesday. like the idea of Belgian Cafe, also thoughts about Matyson? is that walking distance as well?

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            barryg Jan 25, 2013 09:29 AM

            Matyson is a good choice for lunch on a weekday. Probably a 15 minute walk to the Barnes, or it's easy to hail a cab. It is BYOB, unlike Belgian Cafe.

            Matyson is a "better" restaurant in that it is chef-owned with an ambitious menu. Casual at lunch time. Not a knock against Belgian Cafe (haven't eaten there), they are different kinds of places, Belgian Cafe is a pub.

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            barryg Jan 25, 2013 08:54 AM

            What day of the week is this?

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              dfishhead Jan 25, 2013 08:48 AM

              Have not been to new Barnes Foundation. However, less than a quarter mile away is a place for lunch called the Belgian Cafe. Had lunch there about 2 weeks ago and really enjoyed everything about it.

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