Irene Levy Baker, author of “Unique Eats and Eateries of Philadelphia” and “100 Things to Do in Philadelphia Before You Die,” said when it comes to Restaurant Week, the first thing you want to do is make reservations — now.
“Restaurants are very crowded during Restaurant Week. This is not a week when you can expect to walk in,” she said.
And when you do go, don't overeat.
“You don't have to eat it all. You can take some home — and you'll be happier later, especially at 3 a.m. when you eat the rest,” she quipped.
“Tip on what it might cost if it wasn't Restaurant Week,” she advised.
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Although a few of Philadelphia's award-winning restaurants are not participating in Restaurant Week, don't rule them out this week.
“If there are restaurants that you are dying to go to like Zahav, Vernick, Vedge, those restaurants don't necessarily participate in Restaurant Week. It's a very good time to try to get into restaurants that are non-participating that are usually hard to get into.”
But which restaurant offers you the best bang for your buck? Levy Baker recommends Spice Finch.
“It's not three courses for $35 — but four courses. They've added on flatbread for the table with all their different spreads.”
Several other participants also offer four courses instead of three for the same $35 check.
“A.kitchen, Ellen Yin's restaurant on 18th Street at Walnut; Gran Caffe L'Aquila, which is an authentic Italian restaurant at 17th and Chestnut; and Zama a really good sushi restaurant.”