Upstairs dining at The Dandelion
Philadelphia is definitely a city known for its delicious treats-everything from cheesesteaks to pretzels to Tastykakes. But don't be mistaken, Philly is also a city known for fine dining. And the king of restaurants, at least according to Eric Ripert, is Stephen Starr. I was lucky enough to have dinner at The Dandelion and drinks at The Continental Saturday night.
I've been to a Starr restaurant before, Buddkan in NYC, but definitely enjoyed my experience in Philly a bit more. For starters, I don't love Asian cuisine. But perhaps more importantly, it's a little tricky to enjoy your meal with a giant diety "lording" over you.
The Dandelion is charming, with lots of smaller dining rooms adjecent to each other. The overall look features rich woods, needlepoints and soft lighting. The Continental (midtown location) channels a mid century vibe with lots of curved shapes (banquettes and hanging birdcage chairs-good for swinging with a cocktail, bad for cutting a steak) and bright pops of color.
Whatever your taste, get yourself to Philly and make all your senses happy at a Stephen Starr restaurant.
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