Sips and Eats: Philly’s best food and drink picks for Nov. 14-18

Rothman Institute Ice Rink-Photo courtesy of Center City District

Features Bars and Lounges


The Spotlight of the Week: The Bourse Food Hall Grand Opening

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This week is the grand opening of The Bourse Food Hall. This Thursday, November 15, Mayor Kenney will be doing a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. The first 100 guests to dine at The Bourse Food Hall on Thursday for breakfast (9:15 a.m.), and then for lunch (noon), and dinner (5 p.m.) will receive prizes such as “Taste of The Bourse” gift bags, gift cards, treats from vendors, and more. There will be prize giveaways including Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers tickets up for grabs. There will also be an Old City Happy Hour from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. this Thursday.

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On Friday, November 16, there will be a special event – The Bourse Bonanza. The day will be filled with entertainment and hourly pop-up performances. Swoop and Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders, a mini Mummers parade with the Quaker City String Band, acrobats and stilt walkers, and Philly’s beloved historical re-enactors such as Ben Franklin. Friday will feature yet another day of giveaways, including the chance to win a pair of Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers tickets (drawings at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.)

Featured Restaurants and Bars: Thanksgiving Edition 

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With Thanksgiving approaching, its great to know your holiday options. Some people choose to bring the family together in the comfort of their own homes. Others ditch the traditional sit-down for a trip to one of their favorite restaurants. Here’s a rundown of all the options the top eateries in the city have for Thanksgiving.

Assembly Rooftop Lounge: Assembly Rooftop Lounge welcomes you to watch the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade from new heights. The trendy and upscale lounge will offer up great views of America’s oldest Thanksgiving Day parade. Families are welcome at this watch party, offering à la carte brunch bites and festive cocktails from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

CO-OP: CO-OP will be hosting the ultimate Friends-giving on Thursday, November 22. Guests are encouraged to bring three friends and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, complete with stuffing, cranberries, and mashed potatoes. This dinner for four includes a bottle of wine and will be available on Thanksgiving for $100.

Red Owl Tavern: Red Owl Tavern‘s new Executive Chef, Robert “Bobby” Surdam, will serve a three-course Thanksgiving pre-fixe menu this Thanksgiving.  The Thanksgiving meal is available for $55 from 12:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. You’ll have your choice of Autumn Salad or Pumpkin Bisque for the first course, a Turkey Dinner complete with Red Owl Stuffing, whipped potatoes, maple cornbread and pan gravy for the second course and Cinnamon Roll Apple Pie or Pepita Pot De Crème for dessert. The eatery also has a Month of 1000 Pies promotion. For every pie purchased, Red Owl Tavern will donate another pie to Philabundance.

The Twisted Tail: The Twisted Tail is Headhouse Square’s southern-inspired restaurant, bar and live juke joint. The frequented restaurant will offer a family-style Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 10 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Guests will choose from a selection of meats( roasted Lancaster turkey, herb-crusted prime rib, pineapple-glazed ham or honey bbq glazed salmon) as well as shared sides. For dessert, there will be mini pumpkin, apple and pecan pies. Dinner is $49/person; children younger than 10 can dine for $25. Those under 3, dine for free.

Square 1682: Square 1682 will offer a three-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving feast with a Caribbean flair from new Executive Chef, Mackenson Horebe. There will be tremendous selections such as Butternut Squash Salad, Sweet Plantains, Roast turkey, whipped sweet potato, and more.  There will also be a Haitian Thanksgiving spread including roasted pork shoulder, charred sweet peppers, pikliz, pork jus, and more. Traditional Thanksgiving supper seekers can also choose from Spaghetti Squash or a delicious Dorade Filet. The prix-fixe is available from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving for $60/person.

Urban Farmer: Executive Chef Seth Pettit has a specially-prepared Thanksgiving feast waiting for you at Urban Framer. The meal is $75 per person from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. It’s half-price for children 12 and under. Your tremendous choices include Blue Hubbard and Apple Bisque, Crispy Potato Gnocchi, Pennsylvania Raised Turkey, Herb and Mushroom Crusted Prime Rib with horseradish crème fraiche.  Wonderful blends of classic and accented side dishes will be available. For dessert, try Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake, and Chocolate Pecan Tart.

Weekly Events

(Manayunk Cocktail Week-Photo courtesy Manayunk Development Corporation)

Each week, Philly Influencer picks the best parties, events, and social gatherings the area has to offer.

Manayunk Cocktail Week: Manayunk Cocktail Week runs through this Sunday, November 18. Sixteen bars and restaurants in the Manayunk area are participating in this massive drink specials, seasonal cocktails, and brews celebration.

Mastery Tasting at Bank and Bourbon: On Wednesday, November 17, Master Distiller Brent Eliot from Four Roses will be hosting a one-of-a-kind tasting and dinner at Bank and Bourbon. Attendees will enjoy a welcome cocktail along with five bourbons to sip from. Pair those amazing cocktails with lively Southern-themed hors d’oeuvres Pennsyltucky Fried Chicken, Cornmeal Crusted Catfish and Smoked Pastrami Short Rib, and a numerous array of desserts.

Saint Benjamin Brewing Bingo: On Wednesday, November 17, Saint Benjamin Brewing will be hosting a night of drinks, games, prizes, brew, and more. The party begins at 8 pm and is over at 10 pm.

TRL Dance Party: This Saturday night, King Fu Knecktie will be hosting a TRL Dance Party from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. DJ Dame Luz will play the greatest hits from a phenomenal era of music. There will be a full countdown with a vote of which song gets played at 1 a.m.

Featured Event

‘Winter Warmup’ Craft Beer & Festive Cocktail Celebration

'Winter Warmup' Craft Beer & Festive Cocktail Celebration

Where: 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St.
When: Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1

On the weekend of the 30th, the 23rd Street Armory will be filled with a tremendous craft beer selection and several festive cocktails. The Philadelphia ‘Winter Warmup’ will feature three drinking sessions of winter brews and seasonal beverages. There will be 30+ breweries and 15+ specialty drinks on location. The lively event will also have food trucks, entertainment, fun activities and games, and plenty more. There will also be a winter coat drive hose less fortunate this cold, winter season. This will be an amazing and exciting sampling event that you don’t want to miss.

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