Hope you're hungry—Center City District Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday, Sept. 15. Various restaurants across Center City will offer three–course lunches for only $20 and three–course dinners for $35.
Don’t let the title Restaurant “Week” fool you—these specials will actually run from Sept. 15 to Sept. 27. During this time, Philadelphians will have the opportunity to enjoy multi–course meals from award–winning restaurants. This fall, over 100 restaurants in Philadelphia are participating.
A few notable new restaurants—Spice Finch, Blume, Chatayee Thai, Kinme, and Franklin Social Kitchen & Bar—will be joining the CCD Restaurant Week 2019 lineup.
Kinme will offer Japanese cuisine, including dishes such as mushroom gyoza, crispy tuna rice, herb roasted branzino, and creamy rock shrimp. Spice Finch, a Mediterranean bar and kitchen, will include options like mezze and grape leaves and a spinach and cheese kichi with a chili chicken kebab.
Some of Franklin Social Kitchen & Bar’s Restaurant Week dinner specials are to include Lancaster lemon chicken & orzo soup, salmon mousse, seared Pocono trout, braised beef short rib, and a peach & blueberry trifle. Blume’s menu will boast lobster deviled eggs, avocado flatbread, and seared cauliflower steak.
With all types of restaurants and cuisines featured—from brand new restaurants to those with award–winning chefs—CCD Restaurant Week will not disappoint.
Among the new restaurants this year is Townsend, which will move from East Passyunk to Rittenhouse just in time for Restaurant Week. The modern French bistro will highlight dishes such as roasted sea scallops, escargot and chicken fricassee, Colorado lamb ‘en Cocotte,’ lumachelle, and chocolate gâteau.
If you want to get the most out of the deals, some participating restaurants are known to go above and beyond with their Restaurant Week menus, like a.kitchen + a.bar, Harp & Crown, and Osteria. At a. kitchen and a. bar, consider trying either the flank steak or chicken entrée, because outside of this event they usually go for $29 each. Harp & Crown is not following most restaurants in offering just three–course menus; they’re offering a seven–course meal! Similarly, Osteria will be offering a four–course menu for only $35. Just one of these four courses is to include a whole branzino, which usually costs around $27, and a halibut, which normally costs $25.
A full list of participating restaurants can be found here, and reservations are typically recommended in order to get the most out of these deals.