In Vallé Cucina’s kitchen, chefs form fresh jumbo lump crabmeat into thick patties, pan-sear them to a golden-brown hue, and drizzle their crispy crusts with beurre blanc. The eatery’s crab cakes have been hailed by Delaware Today as the city’s best for several years running. Vallé Cucina’s classic Italian entrees are held to the same high standard: chefs hand-roll gnocchi and drizzle them with slow-simmered tomato sauce, and accent dry-aged steaks with elegant flourishes such as peppercorn brandy cream sauce and blue cheese. Servers recommend selections from Vallé Cucina’s vast wine list to enhance steaks or Trevi Fountain reproductions.
Matt Crist, the new executive chef of Union City Grille, crafts lunches and signature dinners of handmade pastas, rich short-rib chili, and steaks seasoned with a house rub. An updated list of hand-selected wines and over 70 craft beers augment dishes that include hand-turned ricotta gnocchi and gourmet burgers. Guests can enjoy fare in the comfortable dining area, or in the eatery's cozy banquet room, accented with a modern fireplace. Sunday "choose your cut" fillet specials allow guests to feast on steaks discounted by the ounce, or pretend they are directing a film starring steaks.
Since it was launched in 1904, the Moshulu has led a colorful life: sailing the seas of Europe, South America, and Africa, circumnavigating Cape Horn 54 times, and ferrying around all sorts of goods, from lumber and grain to copper ore and nitrate. But by 1975, the Moshulu, tired from the stress of constantly evading sea monsters, was ready to retire. Today, it?s docked at Penn?s Landing, the largest four-masted sailing ship afloat and a restaurant serving the culinary creations of executive chef Anthony Bonett. Bonett matches the extravagance of the luxury liner?s interior with an equally upscale menu of modern American cuisine paired with an extensive wine list.
With 360-degree views of the Philadelphia waterfront and skyline in the background, his staff decorates crisp white tablecloths with plates of North Atlantic jumbo flounder, 9-ounce cuts of filet mignon, and highly praised Hawaiian ahi tuna tartare. Private parties can be held in a tented space, heated and floored with weathered hardwood, or aboard multi-level decks left open to fresh sea breezes and the quiet whispers of passing mermaids.
Benny the Bum's 19-year-old local establishment offers an extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes that range from raw-bar specialties to pastas. Chefs arrange massive platters of steamed crabs, shrimp, and clams along with garlic sauce and potatoes, and pots of housemade chowder and creamy crab soups bubble on the stove. Servers tote plates and glasses of colorful cocktails into spacious dining rooms, where glittery silver pillars, nautical knickknacks, and flat-screen televisions catch the eyes of patrons seated at booths and tabletops. A lively, well-established local joint, Benny's was lauded by actor and Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper as his favorite restaurant in the city.
For 35 years, DiNardo’s has been a Philadelphia favorite for fresh crab, serving it either ‘hot and dirty’ Baltimore-style or with sautéed garlic. Winner of OpenTable's diner’s choice for best seafood, the brick building which houses DiNardo’s Famous Crabs has been alive since 1776. Today its exterior displays a rainbow of painted crustaceans outside, while nautical trinkets fill the inside of the restaurant. There, trays of secretly spiced hard-shell crabs arrive to tables alongside plates of tender crab cakes, steamed littleneck clams, and broiled seafood platters decorated with sea scallops and retired extras from The Little Mermaid.
Claiming an audience of more than 100,000 young professionals in the Philadelphia area alone, UpcomingEvents.com is one of the most cohesive local sites to check for upcoming parties, concerts, and fundraisers. But it's not just a place to find out about events?it's also a way to get the word out about your own plans. Rife with events ranging from beer & wine festivals to charity events to black tie parties, the website is as effective in bringing people together as plastering a flyer on thousands of computers, but without all the legwork.