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Recommendations for pre-Fork Happy Hour Spot

cocobinga Sep 11, 2013 11:40 AM

Preferably with a good selection of oysters (but not necessarily a seafood house). I thought Pub & Kitchen was running half-off oysters from 5-7PM, but not sure if it's a sure thing.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks.

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    cocobinga Sep 12, 2013 05:13 AM

    Thanks to all for the immensely helpful suggestions. I must have that duck feast, so I will call the restaurant later today.

    My other line-up for dinner is Ela for happy hour, and then to Serpico.

    I don't get to Philly as often as I'd like, but I always eat well here thanks to you people!

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    1. re: cocobinga
      Bigley9 Sep 12, 2013 11:57 AM

      Just had dinner at Serpico for the first time - we really enjoyed it but dropped a lot of money (it was my b-day so we knew we weren't trying to go cheap). We did a 7 course tasting menu for $85/pp with both on and off menu items. All very good, although the copes corn ravioli were too sweet for me. When I mentioned that though the waiter got me the foie gras dessert which was GREAT! $ increased because we asked them to pair beverages with our courses, which they did well but did end up doubling our cost!

      1. re: Bigley9
        cocobinga Sep 19, 2013 11:54 AM

        I plan on doing the tasting at Serpico; didn't know it was even available until now. Drink pairings I usually regret, but I do place a lot of value in food.

      2. re: cocobinga
        barryg Sep 12, 2013 06:34 PM

        Southwark across the street from Ela always has good oysters and the drinks are great. But no Happy Hour specials. However one cocktail there is stronger than two at most places.

      3. Delucacheesemonger Sep 11, 2013 04:18 PM

        How about l respond to oysters and since prices so low, skip the happy hour part. While this place has a happy hour, is it quite early.

        Snockey's, Washington and Second, been there forever and rarely mentioned here. Easy parking, so you will really only have to park once when you go to Fork, make sure you get the duck feast at Fork, order in advance. When you reserve at Fork, ask for Danielle as your waitress, she is great.

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        1. re: Delucacheesemonger
          Philly Ray Sep 11, 2013 04:43 PM

          Does Fork always offer the duck feast if you order it in advance? I see it on their online menu, but it says "limited availability and subject to change". Our anniversary is next month and Fork is on the short list of restaurants I'm considering. That duck sounds perfect for a celebratory meal.

          1. re: Philly Ray
            PhillyBestBYOB Sep 12, 2013 03:46 AM

            Last time we were at Fork, we wanted the duck feast (enjoyed it before) and they were already sold out. So as Deluca says, make a phone reservation and reserve the duck feast in advance.

            Actually, it was stupid of me, since the first time we got it was only because I was tweeting at them earlier in the day and they held the last one for me.

            1. re: PhillyBestBYOB
              Philly Ray Sep 12, 2013 04:33 PM

              One more question...Is the duck feast all you order? It seems like enough food, but do you have any appetizers/pasta courses before and/or dessert after?

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                Delucacheesemonger Sep 12, 2013 05:38 PM

                When l did it about a month ago, the restaurant recommended we order apps and most likely dessert. We did, those apps, while excellent, and a number of amuse, made us almost full for the duck feast. The duck is served rare sliced breast, confit of thigh/leg, and two or three accompanying dishes. It was waaay too much food for us as it is a whole duck.

                Sort of similar to the Mesibah at Zahav, by the time all the hummus and mezze go by, l can barely touch the lamb shoulder.

                When l do it again, it will be the duck and that will be it, but if you are a big eater you might want more.

                1. re: Delucacheesemonger
                  Philly Ray Sep 12, 2013 06:26 PM

                  I can see us ordering dessert for sure. Maybe we will split an appetizer and, depending on how full we are, split a dessert too.

                  I think this is going to be our anniversary dinner this year.

                  Thanks for all of the advice.

                  1. re: Philly Ray
                    Buckethead Sep 12, 2013 07:28 PM

                    I've been to the new Fork for dinner twice now, and while our dinners have been great, dessert was by far the lowlight of each meal.If you have your eye on something on the dinner menu and are deciding between getting it and having dessert, I'd skip dessert.

                2. re: Philly Ray
                  PhillyBestBYOB Sep 15, 2013 12:05 PM

                  3 of us had the "House Menu" with the Peking Duck feast substituted in as the main course for 2 of us. According to my notes, and counting amuse, bread course, etc, I had 11 different dishes (4 of which were part of the duck, and one of which was complementary). It was filling, but not excessive for 3 people. We also BYOBed.

            2. re: Delucacheesemonger
              Bigley9 Sep 12, 2013 11:30 AM

              I live right by Snockey's and I am not a fan, but the Industry down Moyamensing about two blocks always has happy hour oyster specials.

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                Delucacheesemonger Sep 12, 2013 11:51 AM

                Why not ?

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                  Bigley9 Sep 12, 2013 11:59 AM

                  I used to go for basic seafood, but I don't go now as they are not nice neighbors.

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                    Delucacheesemonger Sep 12, 2013 12:54 PM

                    Most reasonable

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              Philly Ray Sep 11, 2013 02:23 PM

              I am looking at the Khyber's website and it doesn't really say what their Happy Hour is like and for oysters, they offer fried gulf oysters as an appetizer and on a po boy sandwich. Neither of those points may be very helpful, but they are close to Fork!

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                BelgianBeerMistress Sep 11, 2013 01:33 PM

                I have two suggestions:
                I don't eat oysters myself, but I was at Stateside recently and they have a few happy hour oyster choices on the menu. Everyone seemed to be getting them. If it's a nice night, you can sit at the outdoor barstools.

                My second is Farmicia. They don't have oysters, but they have an amazing happy hour - all drinks half off! And it's just steps from Fork.

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                  Hungryin theBurbs Sep 11, 2013 12:22 PM

                  Just FYI, Fork has pretty great oysters.

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                    Buckethead Sep 11, 2013 11:52 AM

                    If Pub & Kitchen is within range, why not Oyster House?

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                    1. re: Buckethead
                      cocobinga Sep 11, 2013 12:05 PM

                      What's availability like, and do you think they'll still run happy hour during Restaurant Week? I would imagine it will be a zoo, but I honestly don't know what to expect.

                      1. re: cocobinga
                        Buckethead Sep 11, 2013 01:05 PM

                        I doubt RW will stop them from doing happy hour but you could call and ask. We just don't have a ton of places in the city offering multiple varieties of oysters, OH is my favorite of them and they always have one variety (maybe more than one, I haven't been in a while) that's $1 during happy hour. As HungryintheBurbs says, Fork's raw bar is pretty great too (the surf clam and scallop are especially good) and the bar area there is very comfy. That will cost quite a bit more than buck-a-shuck at OH though.

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