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Jul 22, 2014 09:48 PM

5 NYC females having a girls weekend in Philly - where to go?

Hi Everyone!

Five of my girlfriends and I are coming to Philly during a weekend in August. We're all from the NYC/Brooklyn area and are finally having a long overdue girls getaway. Most of us have not been to Philly in years, so are pretty excited to eat, drink and see the beautiful city.

We arrive Friday and are staying at the Hotel Monaco in City Center. For Friday, we're looking for a more casual place to eat and hang out, saving our "nicer" dinner for Saturday night.

For Saturday night, we want great food, cocktails and an atmosphere that's fun and lively for a group of 5 females in their early 30's. Preferably a place that would also have some lighter menu options as a choice.

Would also appreciate any input on where to grab cocktails and breakfast/brunch on Saturday.

Thank you!

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  1. Having abodes in both places, I think Philly competes very favorably in the vittles department with the Big A.

    If you're lucky enough to get a reservation at Vernick for your Saturday night, I think it fits all your requirements.
    As for Friday night, you might want to look into Branzino.

    Enjoy wonderful Philly and bon appetit

    2 Replies
    1. re: arepo

      When was the last time you were at Branzino? Seems like they are having problems, having hired then lost a big name chef, then getting raided by the IRS a month or two ago.

      1. re: barryg

        Ooo la la! That's what I get for not keeping up with a restaurant I have not dined in for a while.
        This is a good lesson learned.
        As Emily Litella would say, "Never Mind!".

    2. For Saturday dinner, consider Amada. It is a Spanish tapas restaurant, so that will give you a variety of lighter options and it is definitely a lively scene.

      It is 2 blocks away from your hotel.

      1. I (always!) recommend a visit to Tria on Sunday when they offer their Sunday School menu - a wine, a cheese and a beer that aren't on the normal menu at a discounted price. We have been there more times than I can count and have never been disappointed in the selections. They usually post the menu on Tuesdays for the upcoming Sunday. They also offer some good (light) food options and a decent wine list.

        If you are in the Rittenhouse area, you could check out They do an oyster happy hour every day from 4pm - 6pm. They have a nice wine list and great cocktails as well.

        Hope you have a great time! We live in NJ and work in NYC, but bought an apartment in Philly so we could go there on the weekends. It's a great city with lots of fantastic restaurants and bars.

        1. Just thought of a couple more (both near your hotel)...

          Friday night casual...Khyber Pass Pub.

          For brunch, Cuba Libre. They offer unlimited small plates for $26 per person.

          1. For your brunch, definitely consider Farmicia. They have a brunch happy hour - no joke - half off all booze. And they have great brunching drinks - Sangria, bloodys, mimosas, etc. They do my favorite egg white omelets too. You can also reserve on Open Table - sometimes necessary for brunch (tho less so in the summer). Close to your hotel too, nice space.