10 Restaurant Week Recommendations: Where to Go & Why

By Danya Henninger  |  January 13, 2014
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It’s time to scoop up reservations for the winter edition of Center City District Restaurant Week. From January 19-24 and 26-31, more than 100 restaurants in Philadelphia will offer prix fixe deals for lunch ($20) and dinner ($35). It can be tough to figure out where to go, so we’ve chosen 10 spots we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend, and we've also described why you might want to go there.

P.S. Don’t forget Ambler Restaurant Week is going on right now through January 20. Check our picks for five don’t-miss dishes here.

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    To try as many local vegetables as possible: High Street on Market

    It will be tough to choose three courses at Ellen Yin’s new Old City cafe, because chef Eli Kulp manages to get so many interesting ingredients in the slate of offerings. Blooming Glen rabe, fermented? Housemade kale chips? Hummus made from squash? Porridge of Castle Valley corn? Yes, please.

    308 Market St.; 215-625-0988

  • To sing for your supper: Yakitori Boy

    If you’re a karaoke fan, there’s no better choice for your RW meal than this Chinatown “Japas” house. Not only do you get to choose five courses from a selection of skewers, sushi and teriyaki, you can follow up your meal with a turn at the mike.

    211 N. 11th St.; 215-923-8088

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    For a killer cheap date: Percy Street Barbecue

    Erin O’Shea’s South Street BBQ joint doubles down on the RW deal. Your choice of apps, meat and sides are served family-style, and you get more than enough for two people for the standard $35 price.

    900 South St.; 215-625-8510

  • For a trip around the world: Spice 28

    Sylva Senat is now consulting chef for this Midtown Village Pan-Asian, so expect an upgrade in the food quality. What hasn’t changed is the wide variety of cuisines on the menu, so your four-course meal can range from Indian to Thai, Sichuan and beyond.

    1228 Chestnut St.; 215-928-8880

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    For a tropical escape: Rosa Blanca

    So far, we’ve only heard rave reports about Jose Garces’ new restaurant near Washington Square. If you hurry to reserve, you can slide into a pink leather booth to enjoy four courses of Cuban favorites and take a virtual trip to the Caribbean.

    707 Chestnut St.; 215-925-5555

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    To feel the blues: The Twisted Tail

    This Headhouse Square spot features live blues and jazz music most nights of the week, either upstairs in the Juke Joint or right in the downstairs dining room. Dig into four courses of charcoal-grilled eats from chef Leo Forneas while you get down with the tunes.

    509 S. Second St.; 215-558-2471

  • For a unique power lunch: Jane G’s

    The vibe at Jane Guo's Rittenhouse Chinese is all buttoned-up business, but the menu is anything but boring. The RW lunch deal includes three plates of flavorful Sichuan fare, from chile-oil wontons to pork-topped dan dan noodles.

    1930 Chestnut St.; 215-563-8800

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    As prep for taking your date home to the fam: Little Nonna’s

    Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s new Italian gem in Midtown Village does an excellent job channeling what it might be like to eat at Grandma’s, so it’s a good first run for an intimate date night. Plus, your four courses of updated red-sauce fare will probably top most home-cooked meals.

    1234 Locust St.; 215-546-2100

  • For dinner with a hookah hook: Byblos

    Follow five courses of Mediterranean cuisine with a flavorful puff or two when you reserve a spot at this Rittenhouse bar. Add a shot of ouzo or two and get your Greek on.

    116 S. 18th St.; 215-568-3050

  • To combine luxury with BYO: Audrey Claire

    Service is always spot-on at Audrey Claire Taichman’s Rittenhouse original, so you can expect a high-end experience while also toting along your own bottles. The three-course menu is full of options both light and hearty.

    276 S. 20th St.; 215-731-1222