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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The List: Fall Flavors at the Farmers’ Market

Photo by Courtney Apple

Photo by Courtney Apple

Forget Whole Foods. Who wants to pay $75 for a bunch of bantamweight transcontinental bananas that are going to rot before you even get them home? The city has a wealth of excellent farmers’ markets, and while the glorious excesses of summer may be past (and some markets might be looking at shutting down for the winter soon), here are a few that are still overflowing with autumn’s hardier bounty, and that stay open straight through to the holidays (or all year round).

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Friday Saturday Sunday Has a New Chef

samantha-orskog-400Friday Saturday Sunday has been a Center City Philadelphia institution for 41 years. And for the first time, the restaurant has a female chef. Samantha Orskog comes to FriSatSun from Seattle where she graduated from culinary school. Orskog has just rolled out her first menu for fall. The menu has enough favorites to keep regulars happy but enough new dishes to draw people back who haven’t been to the 21st Street restaurant in quite some time.

Check out Orskog’s menu »

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