This $1.2 million two-bedroom unit at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton — the high-rise adjacent to the hotel — has everything one would expect from a top-of-the-line luxury condo: Sub-zero/Miele/Viking/Bain/California/Brazilian and plenty of marble. Living at the Residences also comes with a slew of amenities, such as:
24/7 concierge service
valet parking w/on-site garage
chauffeur-driven town car
state of the art fitness center w/60 ft. lap pool & yoga studio
gated landscaped garden with fountain
access to resident’s lounge w/media room
outdoor terrace & catering pantry
Plus, the Residences’ residents (ahem) have access to any amenity that guests enjoy at the hotel.
But none of this is as “ecstatic,” as the listing notes, as the northern views from the 1,655-square-foot unit’s floor-to-ceiling windows (which have automated shades). The unit is situated between City Hall, in all its Second Empire grandeur, and a clutch of glass-fronted buildings that are a complete contrast. The views are…well, just see for yourself.
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Image via Curbed Philly
Yesterday Curbed Philly had an item breaking down and explicating New York imports that have made it here and those that haven’t. Sandy Smith touched on this in a column for PhillyMag.com about the Brooklyn Flea’s departure, which he attributes, in part, to its NYC branding. Those transplants that haven’t flaunted their New York-ness do better, Smith said.
Here’s what Curbed’s Tishon Woolcock had to say:
Brooklyn Flea/FAIL: “Has anyone mentioned the fact that Philly already has great flea markets and thrift shops?”
3rd Ward/FAIL: “Reportedly, mismanagement – more than a move to Philly – was responsible for 3rd Ward’s undoing”
Shake Shack/SUCCESS: “Philly has little beef with the chain’s arrival”
Barcade/SUCCESS: “The friendly staff, inviting decor, plus games and craft beer make Barcade an excellent addition to the city’s bar scene.”
Fette Sau/SUCCESS: “A year in, the brisket is still selling by the pound.”
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Though it’s still more than a month away, news keeps coming out regarding the massive Cochon Epic event coming to the Ritz Carlton on July 28.
Today, the lineups of both local and national chefs were announced–the guys who will be right there in the thick of it, working with the 1,500 pounds of heritage pig being brought in for the party. For those of you who don’t quite get the whole Cochon thing, here’s the nut of it:
Celebrated local chefs will work alongside Cochon Grand Champions and Heritage BBQ Alumni to create an incredible porc feast. Additionally, EPIC will showcase a series of experiential tastings including the Chuptio Bar (mezcal tasting); a Tar Tare Bar presented by SIMI Winery; the artisan Cheese & Beer Pairings Bar in collaboration with Di Bruno Brothers
So who will you be seeing at Cochon?
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City Hall is one of Philadelphia’s most distinctive and exquisite buildings, and though there’s plenty of opportunity to get news about what happens inside, it’s not often residents can get a detailed look at the famed Second Empire exterior without closeup photographs–or maybe a rogue helicopter.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, however, has numerous rooms with a view–none so gorgeous as this condo that’s now on the market for $1.35 million. While some Ritz residents are making plans to sell because they fear their views will be blocked when (if) the planned W Hotel/Westin Element gets built at 15th and Chestnut, this unit seems safe from impending construction doom.
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If you didn’t put the Cochon 555 event on Sunday, July 28 into your calendar after our first post about it in January, it is time to add it now. The event is called EPIC by Cochon, and boy is it going to be epic. Over 1200 pounds of heritage pork will be served by some of Philly’s most talented chefs alongside some of the best chefs in the country. In all, over 25 chefs will prepare six heritage breed pigs. In addition to the local chefs, Chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead (Providence, Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro (NYC & Boston), and 2013 Food & Wine Best New Chef/2012 Grand Cochon Winner Jason Vincent of Nightwood (Chicago) will be preparing dishes for the barbecue. There will also be bars stocked with bourbon, mezcal, artisan cheeses, sausage, wines, local beers, oysters, and even a few SnoCone machines. This tasting event is really a once in a lifetime experience.
Unlike other Chocon 555 events, EPIC is not a competition, rather it is a celebration of chefs, farmers, and pork enthusiasts. Tickets to the event are on sale and a tad on the pricey side at $135+, but according to the Cochon event description, “your ticket guarantees you one thing, pork bliss.” Pork bliss is something worth paying up for.
Buy your tickets to EPIC here before they run out.
EPIC Cochon [Official Site]
Been a big day in Eric Ripert news. First came word that he was stepping away from the Ritz-Carlton’s Westend Bistro in Washington D.C. effective January 1st. And now the Insider is reporting that Ripert is also ending his association with 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton here in Philly–the place that made Jen Carroll famous before that whole Top Chef thing. The reason? Some mystery restaurant in NYC affiliated with his celebrated fish palace, Le Bernardin.
For the time being, 10 Arts staff (including sous chef Nathan Volz) will continue to operate 10 Arts as 10 Arts, but what we’re wondering over here is whether a recent visit by Jose Andres (who recently began a partnership with Ritz-Carlton at their new, ultra-luxury property, Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico) to the kitchens at 10 Arts while he was in Philly has anything to do with anything.
Because, seriously, losing The Ripper sucks. But trading him for Jose Andres would go a long way toward making me feel better…
Eric Ripert Leaving 10 Arts [The Insider]
10 Arts Bistro and Lounge has announced their latest Chefs Dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at The Ritz-Carlton. 10 Arts’ Culinary Director Eric “Steel Eyes” Ripert and Chef du Cuisine Nathan Volz will collaborate on a seafood heavy menu of six courses, each featuring locally grown seasonal ingredients.
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The Inquirer has some more tidbits on Starr’s Butcher & Singer and how exactly it’ll be different from Barclay Prime. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Mediterranean delights come to south 10th Street as Mazag Cafe is pumping out stuffed grape leaves, couscous, Turkish coffee and more. [Meal Ticket]
File this under things that we find exceptionally cool but we don’t really think anyone else will care about. Victory Prima Pils is available in the mini-bars at the Ritz Carlton. [Seen Through a Glass]
Giorgio’s on Pine is opening Monday. Who’s Giorgio? Well he’s Giorgio Giuliani, a veteran of Monte Carlo Living Room and Primavera. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]
Lew Bryson visits Yards Brewery to get the lowdown on Yards big plans. [Seen Through a Glass]
Teri’s Restaurant gives South Philadelphia another breakfast and option, this one featuring BBQ Brunch. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]
Straight from the publicists, shilled for your pleasure:
Buddakan is offering a $14 bento box lunch and will be opening at 4p.m. on Sundays, so your 90-year-old grandmother can also enjoy the Starr experience. Snore.
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You may have heard that Eric Ripert, one of the country’s top chefs, is opening a restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton hotel on Broad St.,
formerly home still home to the Grill. The Inky has the scoop on the restaurant’s name and chef:
I hear that the name will be 10 Arts by Eric Ripert, playing off the hotel’s address, 10 S. Avenue of the Arts. (I guess 10 S. Broad St. or “10 Broad” doesn’t have the same ring.) I’ve also heard that the chef whom Ripert will bring in to run it is a woman who grew up in Philadelphia. (Hence, “10 Broad” would also be sexist.)
Not to be sexist either, but Eric Ripert is HOT. Also, 10 Arts is not such a compelling name. We won’t hold it against him.
[Thanks to Michael Klein for reminding us the Grill at the Ritz is still open.]
Eric Ripert’s Restaurant’s name is… [Food & Drinq]