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).
Friday 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.
There aren’t too many buildings on the Square that offer a full floor of living space, which is only part of what makes this unit at 220 West Rittenhouse unique. Another unusual feature is its terrace, which is on all four sides of the property. Not only that, but the private greenhouse/sunroom offers the same view and light exposure without the chill.
Appealing architectural details include marble floors, crown moldings, herringbone hardwood floors, and faux painted ceilings in several rooms, while the space itself is sweeping. For the clotheshorse homebuyer, there are closets aplenty, including a number of wall closets along the main corridor and two custom fit-out walk-in closets—one of them “the size of another bedroom.”
Those interested in historically-significant properties need look no further: this small two-bedroom home on beautiful Ringgold Place (a collection of row homes near Rittenhouse Square that are on the National Register of Historic Places) is looking for a buyer.
Like most homes on the block, the home was constructed around the time of the Civil War. As such, it retains some charming markers that point to its historical character: pine stairs, wood burning fireplace, and an all-red brick exterior.
Nicole Marquis, founder of HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. appears to be opening another spot with a liquor license. A license application in the window of the former Crumbs bakeshop at 133 S 18th Street has the name”Marquis Latin Philly LLC” and can be traced back to the address of HipCityVeg at 127 S 18th Street. A neighboring business told us they heard the business would be serve tacos.
The building is owned by Allan Domb, who is also Marquis’s landlord at the original HipCityVeg and Charlie was a sinner. We’ve reached out to Marquis for comment and will update this story when we have more information.
UPDATE: Marquis thanked us for reaching out but offered us no comment.
Though the location makes sense, it is interesting that Marquis is once again positioning her vegan spots near those of her former bosses, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Charlie was a sinner. is just a bit more than a block from Vedge and this location will just be a block from the just opened V Street.
Aldine officially opened to the public yesterday afternoon at 4pm, and we were right there to witness it.
As a matter of fact, we were the first, official paying customers in the place, and so felt it our duty to give the kitchen and the bar a bit of a workout. Wisely, we also had our cameras with us. So in order to help you decipher (at least a little) the heavily colon-ated menu (rabbit : sour cherry : turnip : brioche is actually one of the more descriptive of the minimalist menu items, but it still doesn’t explain that you’re getting a terrine, or how excellent the vinegar-brined cherries are), we offer you this–our photo tour of Aldine’s opening menu.
We didn’t eat and drink everything on offer, but we did get most of it. At least enough to give you an idea of what’s you might be eating this weekend.
A first look at the elegant interior of Jennifer and George Sabatino‘s first solo project at 1901 Chestnut (in the space that formerly housed Noche). Aldine isn’t open yet. They’re still waiting on some inspections and are tinkering with the menus. But the way things are looking right now, they’re aiming to open maybe by this weekend, but certainly by next week.
That said, the opening will also be a kind of half-soft event, with the kitchen only doing a la carte service. Originally, Sabatino wanted to launch with two tasting menus–Omnivore and Herbivore–but now they’re planning on sticking with a la carte through their soft-opening period.
Oh, and the portraits of the couple’s dogs you’ll find hung on the walls? Those are by noted dog portraitist (and food shooter) Neil Santos.
V Street’s first Instagram photo announces that the vegan bar from Vedge’s Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby is now open. The bar is located at 126 S 19th Street, just off of Rittenhouse Square. The attractive spot serves a menu of small plates, influenced by street food from around the world.
UPDATE: V Street will not be open tonight, Friday, October 17th but will have its grand opening tomorrow.
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As a broker for 50 years for two family firms — Greenfield Realty Co. and Albert M. Greenfield & Co. — Barbara Greenfield was the “grand dame of Philadelphia real estate,” as the Inquirer put it in her April obituary.
Not unlike an obit, the listing for her Rittenhouse home focuses on Greenfield’s personality and accomplishments as well:
Bright, beautiful and determined, she built a high-end real estate business centered on service, one she described as “marrying people with properties,” all the while lending her energy and support to a range of city and arts institutions. Later in life, she created this three-bedroom residence, with help from architect Carl Massara, to be both a respite from her busy professional and civic life and a functional place to entertain friends and family.
Of course, there’s something to be said about the home as well, which is a high-floor, southeast-facing unit right on the Square. “As home to someone who was at the center of city life,” the listing reads, “and for buyers who desire a similar presence, this is a residence with all the right ingredients: location, views, square footage and amenities.”