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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The Love in Rittenhouse feels like a nicer version of a mall restaurant, but their pastas and fried chicken are some of the best around.
Pure Sweets & Co.
P.S. & Co. is a completely vegan and gluten-free bakery that’s open all day near Rittenhouse Square.
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Le Club Avenue
Le Club Avenue in Long Branch is a good spot to come for a French-inspired brunch on the water, or to party at when it turns into a club at night.
Forsythia is a small plates spot in Old City that looks like a French garden and has a long list of natural wines.
Bistrot la Minette
Bistrot La Minette is a datey French restaurant in Queen Village with good Happy Hour specials.
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Harper’s Garden has the best outdoor space around Rittenhouse Square, along with a good late-night Happy Hour and solid small plates.
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.
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