Giorgio on Pine — a new BYOB spot where Valentino Ristorante once stood at 13th and Pine — invites patrons into a split-level space bounded by rustic, exposed brick walls and filled with warm lighting and the subtle sounds of Italian arias.
Chef Jose Garces’s most recent incarnation in the Hub building on 40th and Chestnut strays from his more romantic Philadelphia Spanish restaurants — Amada and Tinto — to focus on the color, spice and vibrancy of Mexico’s capital city.
Street: At Penn there has been a lot of buzz about Distrito. Did the proximity to the surrounding college campuses have any impact on the style of your newest restaurant?
Jose Garces: Distrito was always going to be the way it is — the concept was not necessarily tailored for the university.
Jamaican Jerk Hut
1436 South Street
Take one step into the back garden of South Street's Jamaican Jerk Hut, and you will be transported to a Caribbean oasis (or at least, the closest thing to it that autumn in Philadelphia can offer), where patrons dine on Island Time.
With Center City Restaurant Week around the corner, suddenly opentable.com doesn't seem so open anymore and power-wielding hostesses scoff at even the most desperate reservation requests: "Monday night, 10:45, for two?" Avoid the masses flocking to Steven Starr's playgrounds for the prix fixe, prix inflated menus.
Instead of spending your Monday night arm-wrestling the couple next to you for table space, sit back at home and check out diningin.com.
Fisher Fine Arts is like Van Pelt's well-behaved, socially awkward, yet pretty older sister. With beautifully carved red stone and intricate stained glass windows, its architecture puts all other Penn buildings to shame.