After yesterday’s kerfuffle, you’d think there wouldn’t be much that we and Marc Vetri would agree on. But you’d be wrong because this Restaurant Week thing? It’s getting out of hand. Vetri has never been a fan, and while we might understand the draw and utility of a few days of deals in the middle of a dead month, enough is enough.
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Center City District’s Restaurant Week has commenced, meaning two weeks of crowded restaurants, limited menus and grumpy waitstaff. Looking to avoid the chaos? Matyson is featuring a lobster tasting menu this week through Thursday, January 22.
This five-course meal is $55 per person.
Sometimes the options on a Restaurant Week menu can be disappointing. But that’s not the case at the brand new Abe Fisher. Like at Zahav and Percy Street Barbecue (two eat for $35), Mike Solomonov is using Restaurant Week to showcase what his restaurants can do. In fact, Abe Fisher is throwing in an extra fourth dish for the typical $35 Restaurant Week menu. And most of the dishes that we’ve had our eye on from the opening menu are available. Even better, since the restaurant has just gone online at OpenTable, plenty of reservations remain.
The 11th Center City Fall Restaurant Week has set a date and added some new restaurants to the mix. For two weeks – September 7th to the 12th and September 14th to the 19th – enjoy some of Center City’s popular dining destinations at discounted prices. The deal remains the same, $35 for dinner and $20 for restaurants participating during lunch.
Newbies on the list are Cook & Solo’s newest restaurant Abe Fisher, which will feature Jewish diaspora cuisine; 4 Fathers; Bank & Bourbon for your traditional American fare fixin'; Chops; Foobooz approved Entrée BYOB; High Street on Market; Mixto to satisfy your Cuban cravings; Society Hill Society and Stella Rossa.
Not interested in Restaurant Week, how about Lobster Week. That’s what Matyson is offering tonight through Thursday.
Check out their special five course, $50 menu.
In the past, I’ve dealt with covering Center City District’s Restaurant Week (January 19-24 and 26-31, 2014) with a guide that helped bargain hunters to find the real deals of Restaurant Week, filtering out restaurants that didn’t offer much choice or offered boring selections like just steak, salmon or pasta. Unfortunately, the guide couldn’t be migrated to the new web site. So this year, I had been putting off thinking about Restaurant Week until a co-worker asked for suggestions. Here’s my response to her, I think it will for you too.
What’s that? You’re sick to friggin’ death of all the Restaurant Week nonsense clogging up your favorite restaurants (and your favorite food blog)? Well then have I got a deal for you…
Over at Matyson, they’re doing their yearly “F.U. Restaurant Week” lobster tasting menu which, for just $45, gets you 5 courses of lobstery goodness, in a dining room where the staff isn’t ready to slit their wrists if they have to talk about the goddamn chicken special one more time.
You can check out the menu (and a couple notes on the menu) after the jump.
With just five short nights left in this year’s Center City Restaurant Week, we’ve decided to call out individually excellent dishes at participating restaurants–just to remind you, in case you haven’t yet had a chance to try them.
And we’re starting off with a strong one: The pork asado at Jamonera, which comes as a second full course (which, counting shared amuse plates, is really the third course) on the house’s Restaurant Week dinner menu. It’s essentially a pork-two-ways kind of plate, offering roasted pork shoulder and pork belly (in a sherry-orange glaze), mounted over a corn cake with a bright and palate-cleansing orange and fennel salad on the side. Pair this with the cana de cabra (fried goat cheese), some papas fritas and the nocilla bread pudding with bourbon-caramel sauce, and you’ll understand why Restaurant Week is such a killer deal.
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It’s that time again. Center City Restaurant Week is nearly upon us, and in order to help you, the loyal Foobooz readers, get the most bang for your buck, we’ve combed through all the menus being offered by the 100-plus restaurants participating this year and come up with a few ideal meals for you to consider. And today, we’ve got…
Chez Georges at Le Bec Fin: Back To The Future
$35 a head.
$35 a head to eat at Le Bec Fin.
Okay, so you’re not up on the main floor (Chez Georges is downstairs), but you still go in through the same door. You still stand in the same lobby. You’ll still be being fed by the same kitchen crew that’s serving the swells upstairs for 4 times the price. And the menu that’s being offered for Restaurant Week at Chez Georges is really a kind of throwback to the French classics that once made Le Bec one of the greatest restaurants in America.
Not bad for thirty-five bucks. Even if you do have to eat in the basement. So let’s see how to get the best out of this menu, shall we?