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jockey52

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Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Thu, 01/31/08 6:28 PM (permalink)
Going to be stuck in Philly alone on a weekend night - any recommendations for a steak house where I'd be comfortable (male) going alone and reading my book ? I like top-end places, and on the same trip will be dining at the Palm in DC. Thanks !
 
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    phlmaestro2000

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    • Location: Philadelphia, PA
    RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Thu, 01/31/08 6:49 PM (permalink)
    The Prime Rib at 17th and Locust is probably good for what you're looking for. It's a little more traditional and less "happening" than some of the other upscale steakhouses in town, but it's very good.
    You may want to check if they still have a jacket requirement if you're going to make a reservation. I know I read something about them loosening that, but it may have only been for certain nights of the week.
     
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      doug_ua

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      RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Thu, 01/31/08 7:34 PM (permalink)
      Can't go wrong with Morton's or Ruth Chris!
       
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        jockey52

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        RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Thu, 01/31/08 9:16 PM (permalink)
        Was hoping to avoid chains, sorry - should have specified !
         
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          Michael Hoffman

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          RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Thu, 01/31/08 9:56 PM (permalink)
          quote:
          Originally posted by jockey52

          Was hoping to avoid chains, sorry - should have specified !

          But you're going to the Palm?
           
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            phlmaestro2000

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            RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Thu, 01/31/08 10:55 PM (permalink)
            Most of the upscale ones are chains. The one with the best reputation among those that aren't is Barclay Prime on 18th Street next to Rittenhouse Square. And I know some people consider it to be the best steakhouse in Philly, chain or not. I haven't been there, but based on what owner Steven Starr's other restaurants are like, I imagine it to be fairly happening and a little loud for someone who wants to read a book while dining. Maybe someone who has been there will inform you otherwise though.
             
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              sk bob

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              RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Thu, 01/31/08 11:14 PM (permalink)
              wish I had your expense acct. my heart goes out to you. GOOD EATIN'
               
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                jockey52

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                RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Fri, 02/1/08 12:09 AM (permalink)
                Michael, somehow the Palm manages to avoid feeling like a chain, in my experience - unlike Ruth's Chris with its sizzling butter, Morton's with its tiresome dog and pony show exhibition "this is our one pound baked potato" and Capital Grill.
                 
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                  mikez629

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                  RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Fri, 02/1/08 7:51 AM (permalink)
                  Engine 46 steak house on Columbus blvd.
                   
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                    mikez629

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                    RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Fri, 02/1/08 7:53 AM (permalink)
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                    Originally posted by mikez629

                    Engine 46 steak house on Columbus blvd.

                    Sorry to say that they actually closed this place-just looked on line.
                     
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                      doug_ua

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                      RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Fri, 02/1/08 9:17 AM (permalink)
                      Pats and Gino's :)
                       
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                        Mack184

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                        RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Fri, 02/8/08 3:01 PM (permalink)
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                        Originally posted by phlmaestro2000

                        The Prime Rib at 17th and Locust is probably good for what you're looking for. It's a little more traditional and less "happening" than some of the other upscale steakhouses in town, but it's very good.
                        You may want to check if they still have a jacket requirement if you're going to make a reservation. I know I read something about them loosening that, but it may have only been for certain nights of the week.

                        The Prime Rib does require a jacket for men at all times. It's the one reason that I've never eaten there.
                         
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                          KOK

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                          RE: Need help - steakhouse in Philly ? Fri, 02/8/08 3:10 PM (permalink)
                          I highly recommend The Prime Rib. Only two other locations (D.C. and Baltimore) so hardly a chain, and a swanky, supper-club experience unlike, Morton's, Ruth's Chris, The Palm, or any other expense account steakhouse.

                          True, a jacket is required at dinner, (they do have some loaners) but for a (possibly) one-time experience
                          The Prime Rib is it. Be sure to get the crab Imperial as well as a (phone book sized) slab of prime rib, or any of their excellent steaks. Take a cab as the drinks are also behemoth sized.

                          Thanks,

                          Kevin

                          http://www.theprimerib.com/
                           
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