Ahhh, Restaurant Week. Love it or hate it, the late summer and midwinter promotion of inexpensive dining brings out something special in Philadelphia’s dining community. Patrons get the chance to try a three-course menu at a fixed rate, which means that budget-conscious diners can experience new places at a discount. For restaurateurs, Restaurant Week is a chance to turn tables and burn through high numbers of guests, albeit at discounted rates–a welcome relief during the slowest times of the year.
One of the hoops that restaurateurs participating in Restaurant Week must jump through, however, is that of featuring the spirits of the event’s official cocktail sponsor. And whomever it is selecting the sponsors? They must have a wicked sense of humor.
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Yes, it’s that time again. Center City Restaurant Week starts today, Sunday, August 2nd and, as in years past, it is a huge thing with something like a hundred participating restaurants, all competing for your sweet, sweet dollars. The basic deal is the same as always: a three-course dinner for $35 per person (not including drinks or tip) and, at many places, a three-course lunch for $20.
But here’s the thing… You people, you don’t want the basic deal, do you? If you’re reading this, you’re already used to the regular Restaurant Week rigamarole (booked-solid restaurants, long waits, exhausted staffs, SO much salmon), and are looking for something more. Read more »
Main Line Restaurant Week begins today and 15 restaurants around the area are participating. Unlike most restaurant weeks, this one actually only lasts one week, ending Sunday, April 26.
Some restaurants are offering lunch deals for under $15. Prices for dinner vary, running from $20 or $30, to $50 per person at White Dog in Wayne–which, yes, seems ridiculously high for a Restaurant Week menu, but the five-course menu they’re offering also looks ridiculously good.
Participating restaurants include 30 main, Arugula, Big Fish, Chadwick’s, DaVinci’s, Firebirds, Great American Pub, Legal Sea Foods, Pescatore, Saffron, Tango, White Dog, and White Horse Tavern. You can check out all their menus here.
Main Line Restaurant Week [Official]
The Fall edition of Center City District’s Restaurant Week normally happens in September. But with a late Labor Day, Rosh Hashanah and the Pope coming to Philadelphia in late September, there weren’t two weeks to choose from. So the next Center City District Restaurant Week will take place from Sunday August 2nd to Friday the 7th and August 9th to 14th.
The deal remains the same, $35 for dinner, $15 from lunch. The winter edition of Restaurant Week featured more than 120 downtown restaurants.
Center City Restaurant Week [Official]
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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Restaurant Week at Pizzeria Stella isn’t really Restaurant Week, it’s Pizza Week. And to celebrate Pizza Week, Stella has some specials.
During the full stretch of Restaurant Week (January 18-23 and 25-30), Stella will be offering a kind of two-for-one deal, meaning you go in, order 2 salads or antipasti, any pizza on the board, and 2 gelati for dessert, and walk out the door for just $35.
A killer deal? Yes, it is. A perfect night out for couples trying to avoid the crowds during Restaurant Week? Absolutely. But one of the biggest reasons to give Stella a try is just because, in this pizza-loving moment we’re in, Stella is a truly great restaurant that often gets overlooked in the rush to the new, the weird and the rustic. So take this chance to figure that out for yourself, huh? I think you’ll be surprised how well it stacks up.
Pizzeria Stella [f8b8z]
Scott Schroeder is upgrading his Best of Philly winning Pittsburgh Cheesesteak between now and January 30th, during dinner hours (5 pm. to 10 p.m.), as an alternative to Center City’s restaurant week.
The $35 Pittsburgh Cheesesteak at American Sardine Bar is a 60-day dry-aged Creekstone NY Strip, grilled royal trumpet mushrooms, truffled triple cream Brie and foie gras gravy fries served on a seeded roll. The over-the-top-steak is accompanied with a pickle salad.
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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.
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It seems like we’ve been writing about nothing but lunch for the past couple days (with Juniper Commons and V Street adding new midday services), but now there’s another entry into the lunch game–even if it’s only for a limited time.
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Rotolo | Courtney Apple
We’ve hit that point during Restaurant Week where people realize they don’t have reservations for that date, business meeting or girls night out and people are panicking there aren’t any reservations to be had in Center City. One option would be to head to East Passyunk, Chinatown or Fishtown. But another option is to hit a spot in Center City that isn’t participating. So if you’ve always dreamt of a date at Vetri, been meaning to try a meal at Fork or waiting for the perfect time to return to Parc for another luscious dessert, that time is now.
21 Center City restaurants not participating in Restaurant Week »