New Harmony’s Chinese-inspired menu is both vegan and kosher, swapping chicken, pork, and beef for versions made from either soy or wheat gluten. Despite the modern recipes, the dishes are traditional, including classics such as kung pao chicken, sweet and sour pork, and beef with broccoli.
This celebrity impersonator-off includes the likes of likenesses of Cher, Prince, Bette Midler, Elton John, and more—all prancing, dancing, and belting out tunes in a manner indistinguishable from the real people they channel. These professional drag gentlemen-dames have made a career out of pitch-perfect tributes to their personal inspirations and heroes. Along the way, you’ll hear the greatest hits of yesteryear and be dazzled and razzled right down to your bones. It’s all the more epic for taking place in the Piazza’s 80,000-square-foot open-air plaza.
Santa Fe Burrito's cooks assemble fresh ingredients daily to fill made-to-order burritos with generous portions of chicken, turkey, shrimp, vegetables, beans, and tofu. Menu options range from traditional burritos with black beans and cheese to ultimate burritos stuffed with Adobo shrimp, chicken chili, or turkey burger.
A subtle heat spreads throughout Fuel the Soul, distinct from the scorching air at hot-yoga studios that warm the room with thermostats. The muscle-melting energy seeps into muscles, coaxing tension away. This brand of heat comes from a system that emits infrared rays, capable of penetrating deeper into tissues and detoxifying patrons while they move through classic yoga poses. Co-owner Greg Fine explains to Patch.com, "Exercising … in an infrared heated sauna can help you burn calories much faster." The heat emanates from lamps that, according to Greg, are identical to those used by surgeons in neonatal hospital units and fast-food line-cooks in NASA space vessels. Customers can reap the heat's benefits, which include a faster metabolism and easier healing, whether they’re attending yoga classes or simply steeping in the far-infrared sauna.
Another offering as unusual as a cat and dog that only fight about who loves the other more is the Gyrotonic workout, "a unique method that uses movements found in swimming, yoga, and tai chi and helps improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination." Greg—who studied under Juliu Horvath, the Romanian dancer and exile who developed the exercise to recover after tearing his Achilles tendon and rupturing a few spinal disks—teaches the technique to students of all fitness levels and ages, whether they’re recovering from injuries or courting greater flexibility.
With gourmet dishes such as sweet-potato pâté and eggplant braciole, it’s not surprising that Philadelphia magazine hailed Vedge as “one of the city’s best restaurants, period.” The cocktail list is equally intriguing, with thoughtfully curated craft beers and original libations such as the Kyoto Sour with sake, cucumber, grapefruit, and agave.
Fogged-glass light fixtures illuminate the wood-paneled walls and the polished granite bar tops that span the length of Bliss's multileveled dining room. These elegant decorative touches combine with a menu of contemporary American specialties for a sensory experience that led Esquire to praise Bliss as one of the Best New Restaurants of 2004. The magazine noted in its review that, like a schoolyard court drama or a Hawaiian-print tuxedo, the aptly named restaurant strikes "just the right balance between casual and serious." This balance is especially apparent in the Bliss kitchen, where staffers play with flavors to produce entrees such as free-range chicken glazed in honey and sesame-seared salmon with ginger-leek dumplings. Other specialties include pork chop with a fried egg and short ribs braised in balsamic vinegar, both of which pair exquisitely with a freshly milked cocktail from the bar.