In the wake of yesterday’s zombie attack in Miami, I’ve been thinking (as I often do) about the inevitable zombie apocalypse. And when I get to thinking about the inevitable zombie apocalypse, my thoughts often turn to practical questions like: When the worst finally happens, where would I hole up for a final drink? Or, when feeling somewhat less fatalistic, what restaurants in Philadelphia would be best for weathering an invasion of the undead?
Thus, as a public service, the Foobooz Zombie Defense Working Group has come up with a list of the 6 best restaurants in Philadelphia for witnessing (and possibly surviving) a zombie attack.
Nineteen, located on the 19th floor of the Park Hyatt at The Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets, is now offering a special $35 Three-Course Prix Fixe dinner menu every Monday through Wednesday night.
The Prix Fixe menu, which will change according to the season, currently includes: Roasted Baby Beets, Lancaster County goat cheese, arugula and herb croutons; Grilled Spanish Baby Octopus, warm potato and leek salad, truffle vinaigrette and preserved lemon; Steamed Clams, hand cut linguine, garlic white wine sauce, parsley and grated Parmesan; Melted Pork Shoulder, cabbage, leeks, new potato, baby carrots and young celery; Coconut Tapioca, banana ice cream and passion fruit sauce; and Cheesecake, huckleberry compote, graham crumble and lemon sorbet.
Make reservations at 215.790.1919
City Paper checks out the top five hotel bars in Philadelphia. And they run the gamut from chic to quaint.
- The Ritz-Carlton
- The Omni
- Jolly’s at the Latham Hotel
Society Hill Hotel
We read the reviews so you don’t have to. Craig LaBan visits XIX atop the Bellevue.
Craig LaBan heads to the top of the Bellevue, or as it is known today, Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue.
What he finds is a grand old restaurant that’s come alive in modern garb. XIX Nineteen is the name of the new restaurant. XIX has both a cafe and main dining room as well as a central bar that may be “the city’s best spots for a secluded drink.”
The wait staff is understated and well informed, especially about the 350 item long wine list.
Chef Marc Plessis “is one of the most sophisticated arrivals on our dining scene in a while. He blends a polished classical technique with top-notch seasonal ingredients into gorgeous plates that show some exotic inspirations, but are never convoluted.”
Especially shining is the tempura fried soft-shell crabs, beef carpaccio, and the tuna sashimi from the raw bar. The raw bar is an “obvious pleasure” cooked menu has stars as well. Grilled octopus, strip steak, and rack of lamb with Indian flair all are memorable.
For dessert the deconstructed carrot cake was “startling.”
LaBan: XIX (Nineteen)
XIX Nineteen [Official Site]
South Philly Review takes in brunch at the Bellevue’s new XIX Nineteen Cafe.
The oysters were “uncommonly good” and the croissants were worthy of Paris. At the Asian station there were dumplings, barbecue pork buns, and tender duck moo shoo pancakes.
But the entrees disappointed, more from a lack of warmth than anything else.
Brunch at XIX comes at the fixed price of $40 per person. It includes a buffet, raw bar, hot and cold dishes plus a choice of entrees.
Two-and-a-half tips of the toque to XIX Nineteen Cafe.South Philly Review
We read the reviews so you don’t have to. Here’s Kirsten Henri of Philadelphia Weekly’s latest review, pre-chewed for easy digestion.
On the 19th floor of the Bellevue are two new restaurants Nineteen and Nineteen Cafe. The cafe is more affordable and less stuffy. The architecture in both is inspiring. The lobster club, burger, and fish and chips are on par with the architecture but stay away from the mussels, and the oysters were lacking as well.
PW: Pearls and Brasserie