Ditch that British slang for this Japanese gem: “omakase.” A Japanese tasting experience, the omakase at Morimoto will take you through the chef’s brilliant meditation on fine Japanese dining, and for at least $80, you might as well throw in the sake pairing as well.
Le Bec Fin
A Philadelphia institution and one of the few standing pillars of haute French cuisine, Le Bec Fin recently had major renovations to make its old–school ambiance appeal to a younger crowd. Who are we to resist this marketing ploy? No army pants or flip–flops allowed.
Hailed by Mario Batali as the best Italian on the East Coast, Vetri’s irresistible fare and four–course tasting menu may send you to Sears for your next formal dress, but trust us, the chocolate polenta soufflé is worth it. (Take a peek inside their kitchen in Street’s cover story this week.)
The most extravagant brunch in town, this beats the new meal they’re calling “brunch” at Houston Hall. At $65 per person, it features a raw buffet and a house–cured charcuterie station. Don’t miss the “build your own bloody Mary bar,” — happy hour isn’t just from four to six.