Ramen Pop-Up at Taqueria Feliz

A Mexican bao bun? It's happening this week in Manayunk.

A Mexican bao bun? It’s happening this week in Manayunk.

Have you ever felt like your burrito needed more noodles? Or your ramen needed more tortilla chips? Neither have we, nonetheless we’re intrigued by the pop-up Taqueria Feliz has planned. The Manayunk Mexican restaurant is hosting a ramen pop-up. Mexican-Asian fusion might sound weird but we’re willing to give dishes like Ramen Poblano a try.

And the Main Street bar will also be well stocked with Sapporo Pilsner and Black Raspberry “Sake-Ritas.”

Check out the rest of the menu.

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First-Time Find: Room to Grow (Up) in Manayunk for Under $250K

4618 Smick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 | TREND images via RE/MAX Premier

4618 Smick St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 | TREND images via RE/MAX Premier

You’ve probably heard that if you’re a kid fresh out of college looking for the perfect house that’s within close proximity to multiple bars and hangover-curing restaurants, then Manayunk is your hub. But the ‘Yunk is also one of the hippest places for young families. With a variety of vintage and fashion-forward stores, numerous top-rated restaurants and, of course, a killer bar scene, Manayunk is totally on trend. This week’s First-Time Find is ideally situated for both those who want to relive their college days and those looking for a home (and a location) that’s a little more grown up. Read more »

First-Time Find: A Notch Above the Usual in Manayunk

3810 Lauriston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

3810 Lauriston St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 | TREND images via Coldwell Banker Preferred

It’s not every day that you’ll run into a home in the city so well-maintained and affordable–it’s totally updated and priced under $220,000.

The least a first time homeowner could ask for are somewhat spacious quarters and modern appliances. This charming home checks those boxes off and does more–with fresh updates like new hardwood flooring, replaced windows, roof and carpeting, it’s a new homeowner’s dream. Read more »

This Expansive Persian Rug Showroom Is Manayunk’s Best Kept Secret

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Parisa and her father in their Manayunk showroom. | Photo by Lauren McGrath for phillymag.com.

Manayunk may not be the hippest neighborhood in Philly anymore (that honor belongs to Fishtown), but that doesn’t mean it’s not home to a few hidden treasures.

One such treasure—a magnificent Persian rug showroom—belongs to Parisa Abdollahi, owner of Parisa Rugs and Décor in Old City, and it seems decidedly out of place along the banks of the Schuylkill.

“It’s kind of like Ali Baba’s secret cave,” she chuckles as she leads us into her private collection of roughly 3,000 antique Persian rugs. She’s definitely not wrong. Read more »

Italian BYOB Coming to Main Street in Manayunk

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Jacqueline Au and Chef Craig Wilson | Photo by Dallyn Pavey

Craig Wilson and his fiancee Jacqueline Au who are behind the curiously punctuated Maya.J are preparing to open their second restaurant in Manayunk. Gigi Italian Bistro BYOB is replacing So Crepe at 4357 Main Street. Wilson and Au are promising a cozy feel, like being invited into a mother or grandmother’s home.

The menu will offer pasta, poultry, meat and seafood. The menu will range from $15 to $40.

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Trinity Tuesday: A Cool Pad in Manayunk

4529 St. Davids St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 |TREND Images via Keller Williams Blue Bell Realty

4529 St. Davids St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19127 |TREND Images via Keller Williams Blue Bell Realty

Trinity homes all predate the era of modern climate control; the first residential air conditioning systems were developed in the 1920s, right around the time this cute trinity just up the hill from Manayunk’s Main Street was built. No builder in Philadelphia at that time would have installed the new technology in such a modest home.

But that was then, and this is now. City building codes and consumer preferences require air conditioning in all new construction. And while it need not be installed in an existing home that’s being renovated or rebuilt, the owner of this home decided to throw it in anyway when it got a top-to-bottom makeover a short while ago. Read more »

The 18th Annual Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Craft Beer Fest is This Weekend

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Saturday afternoon, Manayunk Brewery is hosting their 18th annual Manayunk BBQ, Bourbon & Blues Craft Beer Fest. From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., not only can you taste over 70 craft beers, but also multiple bourbon samples, plus munch on some BBQ and other food items. Of course, there will be live music throughout the day  including blues and classic rock by The Fermentors. 

Tickets are $50 for general admission, which include unlimited craft beer samples in a souvenir tasting glass, multiple bourbon samples, and an event program listing all of the beers. Designated driver tickets are $25 and include one complimentary BBQ food item and free soft drinks.

Get your tickets here.

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More Food Truck News: Manayunk’s StrEAT Food Festival Is This Weekend

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If you just can’t find it within yourself to wait until June for the Food Truck Border Brawl we wrote about earlier today, take heart. Food truck season is just beginning and we already have something else with which you can tide yourself over.

This Sunday, April 10, over 50 food trucks, nearly 20 gourmet food vendors, a beer garden, and a handful of local merchants will fill Main Street in Manayunk for the bi-annual StrEAT Food Festival. The event is kicking off Manayunk Restaurant Week, which goes from Monday, April 11 to Friday, April 22.

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Cryptocurrency in Real Estate: Manayunk Condos Being Marketed to Bitcoin Buyers

Images via Keller Williams

Images via Keller Williams

In what very well could be a first for the Philadelphia marketplace, four condos in Manayunk’s Falcon Condominium development are being marketed specifically to Bitcoin buyers.

Bitcoin, a digital “cryptocurrency” and payment system, has been slowly gaining some traction among Philadelphia-area businesses, including boutique shops, food trucks and, in the case of Philadelphia Brewing Company and Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, even beer.

The condos in Manayunk are being offered at a starting price of 795 bitcoins, which might seem like a drop in the bucket, but the current exchange rate is hovering around $430 to a single bitcoin. That puts the price of the 2-bedroom plus den units at $342,374 and change.

“This is just a different approach to offering real estate,” said Susanna Kunkel, listing specialist with Keller Williams and Philly Living, who is marketing the available units. “I want Bitcoin buyers to know they’re respected just like a cash buyer. They basically have the same buying power as the cash buyer.”

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