Boutique Condo Boasting Rittenhouse and Sunset Views Is Back for $849,000

Images by TREND via Redfin/Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty

Looking to get in on some condo-living near Rittenhouse without forking over a cool million bucks to do so? Unit #1100 at 1737-39 Chestnut Street just hit the market (again) and its 2-bed, 2-bath layout is the perfect size for house hunters, especially for Empty Nesters looking to downsize into some chic city- living.

The unit offers 13 south and west facing windows that offer unobstructed views of the city, including sight lines directly into Rittenhouse Square. Listing agent Patricia Royston tells us that the sellers are “very motivated to sell” and the unit has low condo fees ($663/month).

The eat-in kitchen features custom oak cabinetry with glass doors facing the those lovely windows to allow even more natural light to flow through the space. It’s then topped off with beautiful granite counter tops.

The two spacious bedrooms both have en-suite bathrooms, a major plus, and there’s even an office with custom built-in cabinets.

Originally listing in July for $870,000, the unit is now available for $849,000–so it seems that whole “motivated to sell” thing is true after all.

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A.kitchen Adds “The Chef’s Counter” Menu

The Chef's Counter at a.kitchen.

The Chef’s Counter at a.kitchen.

Starting tonight, Monday, January 19th, chef Eli Kulp and chef de cuisine Jon Nodler are debuting “The Chef’s Counter” menu at a.kitchen. Touted as an interactive new tasting dinner, the menu is served at the 12-seat marble counter surrounding the Rittenhouse Square restaurant’s open kitchen. For $60 per person, a multi-course tasting menu highlighting a.kitchen’s hardwood charcoal grill will be offered. An optional beverage pairing from sommelier Mariel Wega will also be offered.

Kulp, a happy Seattle Seahawks fan, says the dinner is “designed to be a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by Japanese Omakase tradition, wherein guests leave it to the chef to have a memorable meal and highlight ingredients at the peak of their season.” Guests will be able to chat with the kitchen team as they watch the cooks grill, smoke and char dishes in front of them.

Dishes from the Chef’s Counter menu »

Three Bells for V Street

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The newest seats at V Street.

Craig LaBan visited V Street this weekend, three months after Vedge chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby opened their Rittenhouse spot.

Vedge fans can get a more casual, globe-trotting taste of Rich Landau’s culinary magic at this affordable Rittenhouse Square ode to international street foods, which just happens to also be vegan. From Hungarian fritters to Latin-inspired carrot “asado,” borders melt away on these small plates, thanks to Landau’s inventive vision and uniquely wide-ranging command of bold ethnic flavors. The long and minimalist three-room space is an intimate and cozy haven to graze, watch chefs work the grill at the back kitchen counter, or sip an excellent cocktail at the airy front bar while 19th Street strolls by.

Three Bells – Excellent

V Street [Philadelphia Inquirer]
V Street [Foobooz]

Live at the Nexus of Rittenhouse Square and Schuylkill River Park

All images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach-Center City Walnut

This is not the home for indecisive people. Why? Well, it’s address at 2208 Locust Street puts it smack-dab in the middle of everything, so deciding on what to do or where to go will be nearly impossible.

That’s especially true of the park situation; it’s minutes from both Schuylkill River Park/Boardwalk, Rittenhouse Square and even Fitler Square. Let’s not even get into all of the choices of nearby places to eat and shop.

The interior of the home boasts a wonderful main staircase, a fireplace and lovely light-filled kitchen and living room thanks to a large skylight. The brick patio and garden area in the backyard offers a retreat in the city and the house even comes with its own parking spot in the one-car garage–a clutch amenity for this part of the city.

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Cake Boss Is Coming To Philly

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Buddy Valstro, otherwise known as the Cake Boss, of the TLC series of the same name, has finally officially settled on a Philadelphia location. Work has begun to bring Carlo’s Bakery Philadelphia to 2101 Walnut Street in Rittenhouse Square (because, apparently, no one told him how well Crumbs Bake Shop did in that same neighborhood).

But hey, maybe things will be different this time, right? I mean, Valastro has a TV show. He has 7 other locations already up and running, with new ones planned for a casino in Connecticut and aboard every Norwegian Cruise Lines ship in the fleet. He does cakes shaped like full-size cows and working toilets. So we’re not leaping to judgement here. At least not too much.

Carlo’s Bakery Philadelphia is scheduled to open later this year.

Carlo’s Bakery [Official]

Best News We’ve Heard All Week: V Street Opening For Lunch

vstreetAnd this, in a week that has already had some pretty good news in it AND some great news about lunch in it. So that’s really saying something, even though it’s only Tuesday.

The very first time I sat down at Rich Landau‘s bar, I wanted to know when the place was going to be open for lunch. So much more casual and approachable than Vedge, it just seemed like the kind of place that would be perfect for a long lunch, a couple cocktails, and a few little fried (vegan) snacks from the kitchen. I asked Landau if there were plans for lunch. He said yeah, but not, you know, soon (because the place had pretty much just opened). But starting on Thursday of this week, my wish will come true and V Street will begin serving lunch from 11:30-2pm, Monday through Friday.

And, of course, we have a menu.

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Aldine Launches Tasting Menu

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Two of the Sabatino’s dogs | Emily Teel

In the run-up to George Sabatino’s Aldine, the chef promised a tasting-menu dining option. But when the restaurant opened a couple of months back it was a la carte only. Now, Sabatino has rolled out his first tasting menu. The five-course dinner is $55 per person and a drink pairing is available for $30.

Aldine has also rolled out something else, bread! Sabatino posted to Instagram his sourdough Parker rolls with coffee salt.

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Stephen Starr Invents Novel Way to Overpay for Pitcher

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A Dandy growler at the Dandelion

Yesterday afternoon we received a press release from Stephen Starr’s PR firm regarding a new offer from the Dandelion. Starr’s attractive English pub is celebrating its fourth anniversary by offering a limited number of growlers for sale.

That intrigued us enough to duck out to figure out if this is any kind of deal. It isn’t. But beer and Starr rarely are. The Dandelion is offering the 32-ounce growler for $5 filled, $8 if you just want the glass. Then you are charged for three 10-ounce pours at regular price to fill it. So a growler gets you about two ounces extra. Many bars that fill growlers will fill your 64-ounce growler for the price of 3 pints, resulting in one free beer per growler. The Youngs Double Chocolate Stout was $10.50 for 32-ounces ($3.50 a ten-ounce pour), $4.50 less than the Yards Grapefruit infused Philadelphia Pale Ale that was $15 for 32-ounces.

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