We were tired at the end of the night and so ordered some ramen to-go from Yamitsuki. I liked the giant suit of Iron Man armor and overall decor. The meat was a little fatty but the ramen had good flavor and bounce. Yelp; website.
Our friends recommended the Village Whiskey for burgers. They are technologically up to speed as they took our phone number and texted us when our table was getting ready, so we could walk around the block at ease without worrying about our table being given to someone else. I’m not a huge whiskey drinker but I was certainly impressed by the wide range of bottles here, requiring a ladder to reach the top shelf. We got the Worldly Whiskey flight, my favorite of which was the Amrut Single Malt, which was a fun meander into some whiskey tasting, although they were actually out of the Hibiki Japanese Harmony, and had to substitute a different whiskey; not like my naive palate could tell the difference but still unprofessional because we were not informed until the flight was already brought out. Unfortunately, I found all of the whiskies too strong for my taste, although I’m sure a more mature connoisseur would be in wonderland. The pickled tomatoes were delightful, probably my favorite part of the meal. The duck fat fries were mediocre, and I’m glad we got the cheese sauce on the side because it was awful. Everyone likes their burgers juicy, but not so much that it covers your plate in meat water and there’s no place to set down your bun. $40/person, would bring your whiskey-loving friends but otherwise can go down the street for Shake Shack. (Yelp; website)
We had a nice walk through Rittenhouse Square and stopped by Joe for a quick tea and coffee. Cute use of wood accents and friendly and efficient barista. My tea cup was pre-heated with water poured out at the last minute, which was a nice touch. (Yelp
We swing by this little gelato joint after burgers at the Village Whiskey; we were offered samples of the multitudes of flavors, I particularly liked the burnt sugar – ‘tastes like the top of a creme brûlée’ and the affrogato over Irish Whiskey. One small cup was two scoops and plenty for two to split. (Yelp; Website)
One of the cheapeast omakase options in town, $45 for 12 pieces and a roll! The salmon was disappointing, but the unagi was suprisingly tasty and the uni wasn’t bad. Not a bad gateway drug to the world of omakase and one where you and your four friends can all eperience it. Unfortunately we couldn’t all fit at the bar so we had to get the pieces all at once but it was still fun to eat the same piece at the same time and compare opinions. Yelp; website!
After watching Youtube videos of amazing omakase, I decided that this time around we had to get some. Sushi Seki was frequently listed as one of the top omakase options, and also had lots of openings for lunch. Although it’s more fun to go for dinner, I think we made the right choice because for the first half of our meal, we were the only patrons at the sushi bar, and could watch our Chef take his time and carefully prepare each piece. By the end of the meal, we were joined by six other people and the Chef was moving at a much faster pace. The only downside was that their social cocktails such as the Matcha Cocktail are not made at lunch.
While some have criticized Sushi Seki for including too many toppings – jalapeño featured frequently in our tasting – but I enjoyed this playful and interesting feature. I’d like to see what Sushi of Gari, where Chef Seki trained, is like in comparison. The only piece I didn’t enjoy was the octopus – very chewy. I wish they provided a list of the sushi serviced as it was difficult to catch exactly what Chef was saying.
We stopped by Cream for amazing giant build-your-own ice cream sandwiches. I’m pretty sure this was the best snack dessert I’ve ever had. The cookies are warm, the ice cream is perfect; the only thing is that it’s hard to eat because one bite sends ice cream out the other end; make sure to get napkins! Yelp, website.