Renowned chef and proprietor Susanna Foo has seen her fusion brand of Chinese and French cooking elevate her establishment into the elite of Philadelphia restaurants. In fact, Foo won an award in 1997 for the Mid-Atlantic Region's best chef. The entrees that result are unique. Asian sauces applied to traditionally French entrées like pheasant typify many of the menu items. Scroll paintings and silk lanterns are offset by the contemporary feel of track lighting and minimalist decor.
Adjacent to the Avenue of Arts, next to the Academy of Music, this splendid Italian restaurant celebrates fine dining featuring a full menu of Regional, Traditional, and Modern Italian favorites. A soft strains of classical music and hand painted murals of the Grand Canal and the Venetian Countryside create a wonderful atmosphere for a unique dining experience. For no cover charge, every Thursday and Saturday from 9pm - 1am, live jazz is featured at Pagliacci and late dining until 2am is available for those late night cravings.
22 televisions broadcast all ESPN events as well as national and international satellite sports. Food and drink specials are often held for Sunday and Monday Night football. When you don't feel like experimenting with other bars and watching the big game is of paramount concern, Champions Sports Bar is the place to be. Connected to the Center City Marriott and across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this sports bar serves typical American dishes that one would find in many chain restaurants.
Simple elegance and classic cocktails make Happy Rooster one of Philadelphia's most popular martini bars. Add in white-tuxedoed bartenders and waiters and one almost feels like being on the set for Casablanca. Though the bar is small, its wine cellar is amazingly vast. During the day the bar menu includes caviar, hinting that this is not your average watering hole. Those hungry for dinner can enjoy everything from Black Angus beef to smoked salmon.
Inspired by the cozy Belgium brasseries, this neighborhood cafe is a great place to grab a reasonable burger and fresh cut fries, or relax over delicacies like steamed mussels, smoked salmon, sea scallops, roasted duck or filet mignon. Like a European bistro, the atmosphere at Monk's Cafe is casual and friendly with rich wood bars and booths in which to relax. Choose from 200 beers from around the world, or sample one of the 25 Belgian beers on tap. There's a nice selection of wine, too.
This is a perfect compromise between an elegant dining experience and going to the corner store for a slice of pizza. Decide among homemade pasta dishes such as penne Siciliana, linguini with clam sauce, or mussels marinara, or steaks, chicken and seafood dishes. Sandwiches served on focaccia. Try the fresh mozzarella salad for an appetizer. Customers at Italian Bistro City Center can choose their lobster from the aquarium. And there's pizza. Booths and tables make for a comfortable dining experience. Located three blocks away from City Hall.
Dining experiences worthy of Louis XVI consist of six-courses, prix fixe menu with a savory stream of dishes including a triple-tiered dessert cart containing over forty freshly made selections. Since 1970 Le Bec-Fin has been acquiring regional and national accolades for their innovative cuisine and original French cuisine. The restaurant is consistently rated of five star quality by the Zagat Survey and named "The Best French Restaurant in America" by Esquire Magazine. Chef George Perrier's specialties such as Cailles Farcies au Foie Gras et Ris de Veau, Le Bec-Fin and Eventail d'agneau et son chutney au curry de Madras fill the menu.
There are a slew of games for adults and kids alike from virtual golf, racing simulations, classic arcade games, slot machines (that pay off in tickets), shuffleboard to pocket billiards. Youngsters can enjoy a bevy of video games, pinball, interactive simulations and virtual reality rides. Dave and Buster sells 'debit cards' that activate most of the games that pay off in tickets redeemable for prizes. Check out their burgers, fries, chicken and fish platters too. You can't miss the spectacular view of the Delaware River waterfront. There's a parking garage under the building.
Looking to impress your clients with a big and decadent meal? Then Ruth's Chris in Center City is your restaurant. Here, you get tender, flavorful steak that is never frozen. The richly marbled, corn-fed, US prime beef is hand-cut daily, broiled to perfection and served sizzling. The restaurant also serves seafood, fresh vegetable dishes and eight kinds of potatoes. Select from an assortment of wines and homemade desserts. Valet parking available.
Pompeii, on Center City's Avenue of the Arts, is the newest restaurant from Chef Joseph Tucker, known for his Italian cuisine served with warm Philadelphia hospitality. Joseph calls his cuisine 'Contemporary Italian' and uses an array of the seafood, poultry and meats found fresh in the Italian Market each day. His creative preparations are imaginative new twists on classic favorites.