I will be 4 days in Philly around New Year's, with two days pretty free, and while I have been there before, I've never really spent this kind of free time there. So I lack orientation. My base is the Marriott downtown (for a convention), and I will not have a car. I'd love to try some of the ethnic variety in Philly that's hard to come by in my midwest home--good Chinese or middle-Eastern, maybe Thai. Two evenings during the convention, we can do pretty upscale dining, too. I've been scouring the boards...
Some queries that I'm not sure how to answer from our boards:
1. What Chowhound destinations or regions are especially hard (or easy) to access with public transit (like a bus; and you have a subway?)? I have the budget to take cabs, if need be, but then that's a bit of drag to have to call to get one for the way back.
2. How long would it take to walk from the Reading Terminal Market area, where my hotel is, to the Italian Market? I'm thinking cheesesteak, maybe Cosmi's, plus I want to buy some cheese at Di Bruno's.
3. Are there regions that I should think twice about walking through, maybe alone, in the evening? I know everyone differs about that, and it's not a PC query; but just so you know, I am not urban-shy at all, but there ARE some places in various cities that I think it's prudent to think twice about at night.