In search of an excuse to stuff your face AND feel like a *star*? Look no further! Center City District Restaurant Week, which runs from January 22nd through February 3rd (with a one day hiatus on January 28th), allows you to pay just $35 for a three-course dinner or $20 for a three-course lunch at over 100 participating Philly restaurants.
While visiting every restaurant in a week is Completely Doable and Not Unrealistic At All, we thought we’d make things easier for you with–what else?–SOME LISTS. Below are all participating restaurants with a Yelp rating of 4+, divided into various categories depending on your personal preferences/lifestyle choices/genetic predisposition to eat delicious food. So, without further ado:
Go here if:
You Want The Be$t Deal$ [Even though you spend the same at every restaurant, these are the places that would otherwise cost you your first-born kitten.]
Who Let The Dogs Out? Penn’s student job listings include a post from a grad student seeking shih-tzu dog sitter. If you’re a puppy-lover, you can be paid $20-25 per day to either stay in the Center City apartment, visit the puppy for a few hours each day, or keep the puppy with you over Winter Break.
This is an awesome opportunity for anyone who’s getting kicked out of their room but is sticking around Philly for the holidays. In order to be selected, you need to get at them with your resume and a brief summary of your experience with dogs. So go ahead and have yourself a hairy canine Christmas!
Falafel is something of an elusive white unicorn. Whether too soggy, too bland or…dare we say it…too moist (blech!), this middle eastern staple is very easy to screw up. On the other hand, when it’s good (like, actually), those crunchy balls are comparable to crystal meth. So when we heard Crisp was opening in Center City, we took matters into our own hands and embarked on a very serious investigation.
Crisp currently has several spots in New York, but this is the falafel-centric eatery’s first time setting up shop in Philly. Located between Chestnut and Market on 18th, it’s not a short walk from campus, but it is a quick bus ride and a good excuse to spend the afternoon in Rittenhouse perfecting your judgmental stare. Check out our review (and more pics!) of Crisp’s goodies after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
Philadelphia summer can finally begin: today marks the triumphant return of Center City Sips! Every Wednesday through August 31, 83 bars will be offering $4 cocktails, $3 wines, $2 beers, and half-priced appetizers from 5-7 P.M., and some will offer 15% discounts for diners staying past 7 P.M. In celebration of the Center City District’s 20th birthday (happy birthday! — wait, huh?), a different bar every Wednesday will be giving away prizes (find out which ones by following the Center City Sips Twitter). Discounted booze! Free stuff! Things just keep getting better. So whether you’re working the 9-5 grind downtown or simply looking to add some spice to your hump day, take advantage of this awesome deal to explore new hotspots and become a connoisseur of the city’s swankiest watering holes.
Stay tuned each week for our own suggestions on how to make the most of your Sipsperience!
It’s official – Bollywood is going Broadway. Good thing Penn will be a part of it.
Performing arts favorites Dhamaka and Masala are participating in PhillyFest, the 6th annual South Asian intercollegiate arts competition (yes, this is a thing — we couldn’t make this up) on Saturday, January 29 at the Merriam Theater on Broad Street. South Asian dance troupes, a capella groups and comedy acts from colleges all over the country will flood Center City this weekend, so if you like Indian men doing crazy things with their bodies, this may end up being your favorite day of the year.
We’re just thankful to have the chance to get another dose of THIS. Bad news: we have to pay for this bizarre event. Good news: tickets are only $10.
The boys are not back in town. Along with its glitzy Entourage makeover, it appears the Coup De Taco gang are pulling a Vinny Chase and shooting for the big time. The truck’s owners are blogging that they will be taking the truck downtown a few days a week, beginning tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »
In today’s edition of things we forgot to mention, the long awaited Apple Store at 16th and Walnut has officially been opened for business. As far as we can tell it is exactly like every other Apple Store in the world, complete with shiny electronics and guys in blue shirts. However, a source of ours noted that flirting with your “Genius Bar” helper may result in free accoutrement for your laptop. Get to it, ladies (and gentlemen, if you’re lucky).
A depiction of the future Apple store on Walnut Street (Philadelphia Art Commission)
While perusing PennLink today, we noticed a recent job posting that piqued our interest. While it isn’t your typical Analyst or Intern posting, it certainly got us excited for this July, when the new Apple store opens up downtown.
They’re looking for full-time and part-time specialists (aka personable SEAS kids with a knack for technology) to staff the store.
While the 1607 Walnut location wasn’t confirmed until early last November, Mac store rumors have been flying since 2004.
Needless to say, we’re even more stoked than when we first caught wind of the news.
Auf Wiedersehen, Springboard Media. You’ve been pretty great, but it looks like we’re finally getting our very own Apple Store in Center City!
Although no formal announcement has been made regarding the new location, job listings for the site are already posted online, and Apple is scheduled to present the design plan before the city Arts Commission today. Metro reports:
Adding an Apple Store to 1607 Walnut St. will add a dose of visual appeal — and a level of hipness from the tens of thousands of iPhone and Mac users — to a block that’s been hit by a bit of a retail slowdown.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted as we find out more info, but until then, check out Metro’s rendering of what the storefront might look like, after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »
While you may see the occasional kid biking from their off-campus digs, Penn is not a particularly bike-friendly campus, due in large part to Locust’s no-bike policy. In fact, Philly in general is not especially kind to bikers. This, however, is about to change.
Starting Labor Day, the city will be implementing a pilot program that dedicates one lane of both Spruce and Pine to cyclists. This is a Center City project, stretching from the Schuylkill to the Delaware River, so Penn won’t be directly impacted. While some are worried about the effect this will have on traffic congestion as vehicular traffic will be reduced to one lane on these streets, others are lauding the project as eco-conscious and long overdue. And we’re guessing Bike Church devotees are loving this.
What do you think? Will you be biking through Center City come NSO? Let us know in the comments.