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Annemarie from New York City asked

New restaurants?

I've been to Philly many times before, and I'm looking for something new for dinner. I'm staying near Rittenhouse and I tend to like local establishments by folks from the neighborhood, not chains or hotel restaurants (unless they are really amazing). Anything come to mind?


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answered first by
John from Philadelphia

If you're looking to stay in the Rittenhouse area, I assume you've been to most of the Stephen Starr restos. If you haven't tried or Matyson (BYO, prix fixe) - I would highly recommend them. If you're looking for a quick bite, $15 lobster rolls are available at the newly opened Luke's Lobster Philadelphia.

Federal Donuts (fried chicken, fancy donuts, and great coffee) has opened up an outpost along Sansom Street as well.

SBRAGA offers a great 4-course prix fixe along Broad Street if you're looking to get your Top Chef fandom on.

If you're looking for something along the lines of Jean-Georges V.'s style of 'Asian-fusion' plates - I would venture a little further south on Broad to check out Tashan.

Lastly, I know you said no hotel restaurants, but if you're looking for a grand brunch at the Rittenhouse Hotel's Lacroix Restaurant, they've got you covered there as well. Enjoy your stay!

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Thanks! I'll look into these.

These sound amazing and I wish I would've known about them when I was in Philly! Bookmarking them for future reference :)

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  3. Matyson (restaurant)
  4. Luke's Lobster Philadelphia (restaurant)
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  7. Tashan (restaurant)
  8. Rittenhouse Hotel (hotel)
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answered by
Thom from Philadelphia

Anne Marie,

My taste runs to the well established restaurants that have survived because they offer quality.  I get my money's worth when I eat at these places even if they are not trending as popular as some of the newer restaurants.

Audrey Claire is a neighborhood anchor and highly rated for food.  It is the place I most want to visit on a warm spring nite for a casual BYOB but well prepared dinner.  It feels so fresh and clean and has a great sort of Euro vibe.  Often criticized for being loud. 

Barclay Prime is a great steakhouse! It is pricey but has a great modern interior.  Much more formal.  My favorite part about this place is that you get to select your own custom cutlery and the side vegetables are exquisitely prepared.  If you can't afford dinner here...go for a drink in the front bar for a cool experience.  This ain't no dive bar.  And I know this sounds weird...but check out the restrooms.

Dmitri's off of Fitler square is still one of my neighborhood favorites.  Beautiful fresh space that overlooks Fitler square.  They have very good Greek and seafood. There are at least three Dimitri's locations in Philadelphia...the original small place on 2nd street.  The fair is casusal, well-prepared and won't break the bank.

Hope this is still useful given that you posted last June.

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answered by
Sherri from United States

If you like seafood check out Devon Seafood Grill located at 225 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103.   R2L is another great option with a great view of the city.  It's located at 50 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 on the 37th floor.  If you want to venture out a little further I recommend Valanni Restaurant located at 1229 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107.  Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, and really good food.

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