As I wrote a week ago, I am spending a week at an Executive Education class at Wharton (should be studying right now in fact). Thank you for all your recommendations. My requirements were unusual (walking distance, ability to eat at the bar, etc.) so I don't know how useful this is, but for what it's worth...
White Dog (Sunday 7PM)
Crowded. Able bartenders. Good sized scotch pour. Decent list of wines by the glass. Great espresso. Enjoyable.
Salad of beets, string beans, celery root - Served cold, crisp, but underseasoned/dressed.
Sea Bass Wrapped in Pancetta - Perfectly cooked fish, but the pancetta was overcooked and tough. Served with fingerling potatoes and greens that were over-dressed and limp.
La Terrasse (Monday 8:30PM)
Not very full at the bar (NCAA Finals night.) Rookie bartender. Good scotch pour. Cheap Napa Pinot suggest by the glass.
Potato and Leek Soup - Served with a "crab salad" garnish. Pureed to a very creamy consistency. A sweet and tart taste (lemon juice? vinegar?)Very good.
Skate with a Seafood Crepe and Bitter Greens - Excellent. Well browned but not overcooked. Tasty morsels inside a delicate crepe. Very well done.
Penne at Inn at Penn (Tuesday 8:30PM)
Empty. Smallest scotch of the week (and, btw, $12 each, versus $6 at White dog and $7.50 at La Terrasse). Great wine list by the glass. Wonderful Nebbelio (sp?) at $14/glass.
Mixed Greens - Something I rarely order and I was reminded why. Not good at all.
Papardella (sp?) with Veal Ragu - Certainly home made pasta, but neither light and delicate or chewy and rustic, just an odd texture. Veal was ground and not appealing. Sauce was very brothy and tasted like it just wasn't simmered as long as it should have been. Just okay.
Pod (Wednesday 8:30PM)
This is a large, mod sushi joint (white furniture, neon lights, etc.). I guess that it is owned by someone who owns several other places in town. Place was jumping with a post-college/young professtional crowd. Barely got a seat at the bar. Half-dozen sake offerings including one non-filtered. Able bartender. Even more crowded, btw, when I left due to a "happy hour" that started at 10PM.
Small Sushi Assortment ($25) - Included tuna roll, eel and avocado roll and six pieces of sushi. I'm not a sushi fanatic, but this seemed as fresh as any I've ever had, and the pieces seemed very large. I understood the other bar had a conveyor belt that I did not see and did not sample from.
Lukes? (Thursday 12 Noon)
An "order at the counter" sandwich joint.
Pork Sandwich with Aged Provolone and Broccoli Rabe ($6.95). - Fantastic. Loved it. Fries were too crisp for me. And it wasn't nearly as crowded as I expected.
Thanks again to everyone, especially Diann. I look forward to returning this fall.
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