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Oct 1, 2013 01:38 PM


Going to Philly for shabbos in November and staying on the Penn campus with a large group. We want to go out for dinner Saturday night and are willing to drive. Is there anything in Center City? Otherwise... should we consider going to Cherry Hill? Thank you so much!

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  1. There are places in Center City, options depend on how casual is ok, and if youll eat diary at a certified vegetarian but not glatt restaurant.

    1. Here are two places I like alot-
      Center City
      New Harmony a Kosher, vegan chinese place that does a super yummy dim sum for 2 or more people so it would be super fun for a group. Just had dinner there tonight:) Can take public from Penn easily. Street parking or parking garages.
      Another choice would be Espresso Cafe in North East Philly. You'd have to drive there from Universtiy City, but parking should be easy.
      Depending on how strict eveyone is Espresso may be the better choice but the food in both is good.

      1. Sorry for the intrusion, but I will be staying at the Embassy Suites Philadelphia - Center City arriving this Sunday-Monday while my daughter takes her USMLE Step 2 CS exam. I need recommendations for breakfast, lunch and dinner - well maybe not for breakfast since they provide cooked to order breakfast (hopefully they will have fruit and cerial) - but need lunch and dinner options. looks interesting, anything else to consider? Are the local eating options car/parking friendly or will I have parking nightmares like midtown Manhattan?

        I will also have to return at least two more times in the near future while my daughter interviews at University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

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        1. re: MartyB

          Definitely, and also Mama's and Su Xing House.

          1. re: zsero

            LOVE, LOVE and Mamas:) YUMMY food:) For breakfast I would try Homemade Goodies by Roz! To die for baked goods:)
            Great for an afternoon snack too:)

            1. re: ThePrettypoodle

              Went to for dinner, Falafel Bar for lunch and Swiss Haus Bakery for a light snack. I really liked the Falafel Bar. Wanted to explorer U of P but mother nature said no. Every time I stepped out it started to rain. I guess it will wait until I return. I will most certainly not stay at the Embassy Suites. While the room was great, having to pay $48 for parking was obscene.

          2. re: MartyB

            For a special trast head to South Philly and get a real Phillly treat:)
            I owuld explore SEPTA for most of my trnasportation needs in center city if you dont walk. You can buy a special pass good for unlimited rides (including the fun Phlash bus) for $11 per person see SEPTA.ORG

          3. We loved the Middle Estern (fleishig) food at Hamifgash on Sansom Street when we were in Philadelphia recently.
            You'd have to call to find out if they're open Saturday night.
            Service could have been a little better, but, what can I tell you, it's part of the charm. And once the food came, it was worth it.

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            1. re: helou

              ANOTHER SUPER YUMMY place, though I rarely go there- I am not in the neighborhood too often:(