Banh Mi + Bottles has opened for business — and it’s much more impressive than anyone thought. First there's the menu of Vietnamese food that owner Tuan Phung, whose family runs Pho Ha, designed to be both authentic and accessible. Then there's the huge beer selection, top-notch cocktails at reasonable prices and unique wines. The GM calls it "the best bar in Philly right now." He could be right.
Sorry, tourists: In Round 2 of our bracket, Pat's Steaks lost to Tony Luke's, which leaves the field entirely free of "Cheesesteak Vegas" representation. (Geno's was kicked out in Round 1.) Now we're down to just eight contenders, and things are getting tight. Even Dalessandro's is struggling to beat sleeper hit Barry's. Add your voice and vote for your faves.
For the record: In 2016, Marc Vetri does not hate Restaurant Week. Sure, there was that screed he put up on Facebook four years ago, in which he told prospective RWers that the "deal you think you're getting is non-existent." Over time his dislike for the promotion became almost canon. But this year, two Vetri Family restaurants are participating — here's why.
On the Calendar
If you're interested in what we can do to fix Philly's public school system, attend this open hearing, where City Council Committees on Children and Youth and Education will examine the alarmingly high levels of teacher vacancies and low teacher retention.
Where: Philadelphia City Hall at 1 Penn Square
When: November 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Founded in 2014, the Healthy Rowhouse Project is dedicated to improving substandard conditions in low- and moderate-income Philly rowhomes. Join Mayor Kenney to discuss the current plan for action. Space is limited; RSVP required.
Where: Center for Architecture and Design at 1218 Arch St. 19143
When: November 29, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Philly-based designers and makers like jeweler Habitual Threads and denim fashion house Senpai + Kohai are putting on a holiday show full of unique finds. Cocktails and snacks will be served.
Where: Rally at 701 S. 7th St. 19147
When: November 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
December 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol's two-night appearance at the Gershman Y with the Velvet Underground, and the Y has put together an commemorative exhibition. Opening night reception features talks and a craft show. RSVP required.
Where: Gershman Y at 401 S. Broad St. 19147
When: December 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free with registration