Parc is a special place - partially because we think it’s slowly fused into Rittenhouse Square’s permanent architecture, and also because you can pull it out of your back pocket for pretty much any situation. It’s a classic French bistro with a classic French bistro menu (think steak tartare and duck l’orange), and while none of their food comes with table-side magic tricks, everything is fresh and delicious. They also have some of the best sidewalk seating in the city, so if you’re in the mood to watch people walking their dogs who look just like them, this is the place to be.
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Cafe La Maude
Cafe La Maude in NoLibs serves Lebanese and French food and has a very popular weekend brunch.
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Vetri is expensive, completely over the top, and possibly the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
Vernick Food & Drink
Vernick is one of the best restaurants in Philly, with a formal dining room upstairs and a more casual bar below.
Res Ipsa in Rittenhouse is a casual cafe during the day, but turns into a full-service Italian restaurant at night that’s perfect for a date.
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