Avenue of the Arts
MCCORMICK & SCHMICK’S — Seafood. Pacific Northwest fare comes to Philadelphia with fresh ocean catches, oysters, draft beers, single malts and Northwest wines. This 290-seat establishment is bustling with activity, energy and flavorful seafood; for a more intimate meal, upstair booths provide ultra privacy. L, D (Daily). 1 S. Broad St., 215.568.6888.
MORTON’S, THE STEAKHOUSE — Steak. An extensive wine selection is just a bonus feature of this signature Chicago steak house experience. Wet-aged prime beef broiled Midwestern-style makes for hearty, large portions, but also try pork, lamb and veal chops and tasty seafood offerings. D (daily). 1411 Walnut St., 215.557.0724.
SO CREPE — French. Stop in this cozy creperie for affordable gourmet crepes. French owners Frederic Elmalek and Fabrice Goutte batter up authentic sweet and savory varieties and make everything from the whipped cream to the salted butter caramel on premise. B,L, D (daily). 1506 South St., 215.512.3313.
VOLVER — American. Volver means “to return,” and with this high-class restaurant, chef Jose Garces returns to his favorite culinary experiences from around the world. The diverse, seasonally rotating, and often locally sourced menu features some of the most innovative dishes in the city, and has received wide press for being the most expensive dining experience Philly has to offer. D ( W-Su). 300 South Broad street, 215.670.2303.
XIX NINETEEN — American. For a special evening, take the elevator to the 19th floor of the Hyatt Philadelphia at The Bellevue. Settle in beneath the restaurant’s spectacular pearl chandelier, or enjoy your meal in the more relaxed cafe space. D ( Tu-Sa), Cafe: B,L, D (Daily), Br (Su). Hyatt Philadelphia at The Bellevue, 19th floor, Broad and Walnut streets, 215.790.1919.