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Old 07-21-2009, 07:17 PM
 
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I'm out here in Philly for a couple days and wanted to know if there were any restaurants that are at to top of any highrise buildings? When my mom comes out to visit me in Chicago we go to the top of the John Hancock and have some drinks, is there anything like that in Philly that I can take her to?
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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XIX (Nineteen) on the 19th floor in the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue Broad and Walnut.
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:04 PM
 
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This may sound a bit off the wall ... but for lunch, why not take her to get a Pat's Cheesesteak in South Philly?

It's what Philly is best known for, and she will have an interesting experience to tell her friends about.
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Old 07-22-2009, 01:22 AM
 
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This may sound a bit off the wall ... but for lunch, why not take her to get a Pat's Cheesesteak in South Philly?

It's what Philly is best known for, and she will have an interesting experience to tell her friends about.

I've said it before (and I'm sure I'll say it again), but Pats (and Geno's) are only good if you are drunk at 3:00 a.m. However, taking her to a nice restaurant in the Italian Market area is not a bad idea. But, since the OP seemed to be asking about a place for drinks overlooking the city, XIX is a very good suggestion.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia,New Jersey, NYC!
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Apothecary and Continental also have rooftop dining/drinks.
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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I've said it before (and I'm sure I'll say it again), but Pats (and Geno's) are only good if you are drunk at 3:00 a.m. However, taking her to a nice restaurant in the Italian Market area is not a bad idea. But, since the OP seemed to be asking about a place for drinks overlooking the city, XIX is a very good suggestion.
I am completely aware of what the OP was requesting ... however a cheesesteak at Pat's is a "unique" Philly experience that their mother might appreciate.

It's not about the food itself.

It's more about doing something that Philly is best known for.

Do you plan a trip to San Francisco, and not cross the Golden Gate Bridge?
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Old 07-22-2009, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Philly
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Nineteen has good food and patio seating on the 19th floor. There's another one opening in Liberty Place but I don't think it's open yet (R2L)
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Old 07-23-2009, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Yardley PA
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I second the Continental, and also the Holiday Inn near the convention center has a restaurant at the top of the hotel, it's not rooftop but it has a pretty decent view.
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Old 07-24-2009, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Center City, Philadelphia
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I can't imgaine enjoying a meal while gawking out the window on the hundred-something floor of the John Hancock Tower in Chicago!!!

I wish we had more restuarants on the higher floors of our taller buildings. The XIX has a stunning design- but WE NEED MORE! I think the Comcast Center has a cafe up high but it's private. The Pyramid club isn't readily accessable, either. The PSFS building has a nice place on it's top floor- but it must be reserved in advance (for big occasions...)

A nice sky-bar/ lounge at the top of the new Ritz condo (or either of the two Libery Places...), would be a nice addition to the city. I hear the ACC tower could include a restuarant on its upper floors. Think of the view one could have if the proposed Cyra Center South project included an elevated restuarant! Or the proposed Waldorf! So many opportunities....

Anyway.... yes, XIX is a good option. The Continental on Chesnut and 17th (?) is another good option, as you can get a good view of the highrises around you (despite being only three floors high). FURTHERMORE, they serve cheesesteak eggrolls with a spicy Ketchup- so you can satisfy the obligatory Philadelphia gastronomical experience as you enjoy the view.
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