If you’re hosting out-of-town guests this weekend, chances are those leftovers are going to lose their luster sometime between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Here’s a game plan to keep visitors both well-fed and entertained during their holiday weekend stay in Philadelphia.
Courtesy of Ray's Cafe & Tea House
Coffee at Ray’s Cafe & Tea House
Third-wave cafes are old hat. For something a little different, head over to this Chinatown coffee pioneer for siphon-drip cups (pictured above) made with single-origin beans and plenty of showmanship.
191 N. 9th St.; 215-922-5122
Breakfast at Nom Wah Tea Parlor
After a day or two of serious eating, there's a certain appeal to a meal of small bites. Start with a steaming pot of cleansing pu-erh tea, then attack the menu of thin-skinned shrimp dumplings (pictured at top), scallion pancakes and "OG" egg rolls to share.
218 N. 13th St.; 267-519-2889
Courtesy of Danya Henninger
Lunch at Le Cheri
If shopping is on your agenda, a civilized lunch break in Rittenhouse will do you right. Tucked in the back of the Art Alliance building, this elegant French gem offers a lovely wine list alongside bistro classics such as pâté du jour (pictured above), crocks of French onion soup and salade Lyonnaise.
251 S. 18th St.; 215-546-7700
Happy Hour at Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop
Locals know that the best part about Philadelphia’s go-to gourmet shop is its cast of cheesemongers, who are happy to shower their clientele with samples and pairing know-how. Ever since this branch scored a beer and wine license, guests can sit back and graze on a gorgeous spread of cheese and charcuterie with the proper potables.
843 Chestnut St.; 267-519-3115
Dinner at V Street
In the interest of keeping things light and lively, think about forgoing a traditional sit-down dinner in favor of internationally influenced small plates at this vegan hot spot. The cocktails are killer, and plates like carrot asado and dan dan noodles with five spice mushrooms (pictured above) don't disappoint.
126 S. 19th St.; 215-278-7942
Drinks at Fishtown Social
Holiday weekends are notorious for crowded bars full of folks looking to decompress. For those who are more interested in reconnecting than rowdy revelry, this mellow Fishtown corner hits the mark. The decibel level is ideal for conversing, seats are easy to come by and the drink list has something for everyone, from well-chosen wines and cocktails to a range of beers.