AKA expands reach to
Asia Pacific, Europe, Gulf Region
with Ascott the Residence
135 South 18th St.
Bringing you seasonal ingredients, terroir-driven wines, well-made cocktails and craft beers, a.kitchen focuses on medium-sized plates that provide bold flavors. In addition to the beautiful design, featuring a modern interior of Vermont marble, white oak and an open kitchen, a.kitchen also has preferential seating for residents. You will definitely want to plan an evening here during your stay.
small–plates restaurant and bar located in the trendy Midtown Village section
of Center City. With a wood-burning oven for pizzas & roasting, the food is
bold and flavorful. Skip desert—instead go across the street to Capogiro—for
some smooth and luscious gelato.
A delicious option in
the immediate area, that is also a BYOB and as you’ll see from their website,
they have an ever changing, weekly, eclectic tasting menu. They use local, fresh ingredients whenever
possible, transitioning the taste to the plate seamlessly.
4 Barclay Prime
from uber–restauranteur Stephen Starr. Perhaps the best steaks in the city, in
a pleasingly un–steakhouse atmosphere. And they have Kobe beef, of course. Keep in mind that Barclay Prime only serves
dinner, when making your plans.
5 Village Whiskey
A classic American
bar with over 80 whiskeys and serving what is arguably, though hotly debated,
the best burger in town. Great for late night eating and drinking. Due to this mouth watering burger they do not
accept reservations, as they are walk-ins only.
The city’s finest
Italian restaurant, often touted as one of the country’s best, though with only
34 seats, a very tough reservation to get, indeed. Marc Vetri is without equal
in the kitchen. Also, a stellar wine list, ably overseen by co–owner Jeff
7 Lee How Fook
The dining room is
nothing to write home about with its bright lighting and uncomfortable chairs.
So, go for the food, certainly the tastiest in Chinatown. We’re fans of the
salt–baked squid and scallops—salty, tender, and crunchy, all at once.
8 Zama Sushi
with a modern twist from ex–Morimoto protege Zama Tanaka. In addition to
perfectly sourced and sliced fish, Zama has created compelling maki rolls named
after local celebs—with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.
9 Citizens Bank Park (5 miles)
Home to the Philadelphia Phillies, this ballpark has been named one of the best in baseball. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, if it’s baseball season, a trip to the park is well worth it. The ballpark offers kid-friendly activities, excellent ball game food, and plenty of excitement.
10 Rittenhouse Square Park
Across the street from AKA Rittenhouse Square is a leafy green oasis of trees and welcoming benches for everyone from tourists to local employees taking an outdoor lunch break. This historic park was one of the original five squares William Penn designed for the city of Philadelphia and still remains in its original design with interesting statues throughout and a relaxing ambiance in the midst of Philadelphia’s most bustling shopping and dining neighborhood.
11 South Street Neighborhood (2 miles)
Perhaps one of Philadelphia’s most eclectic neighborhoods, South Street offers a cross center of live music, diverse food and cultures. Enjoy a meal at one of the many cafes or savor a real Philly Cheesesteak while taking in the scenery and people watching in this bustling neighborhood.
12 The Comcast Center (3 blocks)
This 975 foot tower is more than just an office building; it is the tallest building in the Philadelphia skyline and, perhaps more impressively, the tallest ‘green building’ in the country. There are several reasons to visit, including 360 degree views of the city and a 2,000 square foot LCD screen simply referred to as “The Comcast Experience” generating images as 500% higher resolution than that of a high definition television. Stop in for a bite at the impressive list of eatery choices while you are there.
13 The Curtis Institute of Music (2 blocks)
Walk two blocks north of AKA Rittenhouse Square and catch a performance by the students of the famed Curtis Institute, one of world’s leading music training centers, where students are accepted based ‘solely on artistic promise.’ Performance schedules are available at www.curtis.edu.
14 The Franklin Institute (1 miles)
Open daily; admission varies. Located about one mile from AKA Rittenhouse Square is one of the oldest and premier science museums in the world, and features fascinating and interactive exhibits that will intrigue visitors of all ages. Be sure to take a walk through the 2-story, 220 foot tall Giant Heart while you are there.
15 The Liberty Bell Center (1.5 miles)
A must-see in the historic district of Philly, the Liberty Bell is a long standing symbol of freedom and an important piece of American history. The Liberty Bell Center is open daily to the public free of admission.