When it is convenient, we recommend that residents let us plan for their arrival as early as possible. The best tickets, the hottest restaurant reservations and services are assured when we can arrange them for you in advance of your stay.

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1   a.Kitchen  At a.kitchen, Chef Kulp and his team work with a simple, yet striking approach: flavor-forward cooking over lump hardwood charcoal using the freshest seasonal ingredients they can find. The technique is old–school in a way—just a red-hot smoldering fire—with Kulp bringing his modern approach and attention to detail to each dish. Add on a.kitchen’s award–winning selection of food–friendly natural wines for a one-of-a-kind Philadelphia dining experience.

2   Barbuzzo  Mediterranean 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.

3   Matyson  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  Cutting–edge steak 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.

6   Vetri  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 Benjamin.

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  Traditional Japanese 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.

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