Topic Wiki

Warning! This wiki is not complete. Please read through the thread for more info.. Info Outdated. Check before you go!

Attractions
Franklin Institute
Please Touch Museum
National Constitution Center
US Mint
Adventure Aquarium (just across the river in Camden, NJ)
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA (about 45 minutes south-west of the city)
Eastern State Penitentiary
National Museum of American Jewish History
Philadelphia Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Smith Playground
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
One Liberty Observation Deck
Liberty Bell (plus a bunch of other historical sites nearby)
Independence Hall
Trolley tour bus

For discounts on admission, consider the Philadelphia Pass or the Philadelphia City Pass (if your visiting enough attractions), or buy the Entertainment book for the coupons. If you order it online, you should be able to print out all of the coupons you need immediately.

Hotels
The Ritz-Carlton located near City Center was originally a Bank and worth a visit.
Sheraton Society Hill is near the Liberty Bell area and the River. (probably the best place to stay for shabbos)
the Westin is by Rittenhouse Sq and City Center is North of City Hall area closer to Museum Row.
The Westin on 17th & Liberty. has some Old World charm to it
Sheraton City Center - was fine. clean, neat, pool and fitness but nothing special
Le Meridian across from city hall
Hyatt at the Bellevue on Walnut and Broad st.
Hyatt Penn's Landing
Homewood Suites City Avenue

Westin a plain hotel over the River in Mt Laurel , NJ
Aloft - Mt Laurel. (Aloft is  not your typical hotel. Very young crowd. Relaxed staff. Place is nice and new).

Restaurants

Center City:
Burger.org - 1901 Chesnut Street CLOSED
Mama's Vegetarian CLOSED
Center City Soft Pretzel Co. - unusual hours

University City:
Kosher Dining at the University of Pennsylvania - check hours/dates, only open during academic year

Lower Merion (20-25 min from center city, but up to 45 in traffic):
Shalom Pizzeria
Citron and Rose - more upscale. Make reservations in advance. Closed but recently reopened (as of May 17, 2017)
The Dairy - very nice dairy restaurant. CLOSED

Star of David Kosher grill- 942 Montgomery Ave, Narberth, PA 19072. Cheaper option for meat, Chinese, sushi
Nana's kitchen in the JCC-Address: 45 Haverford Rd, Wynnewood, PA 19096 Phone:(703) 586-3103- Call before, but usually open in the daytime with seating. Don't have to be a member to attend. Excellent dairy food options and very reasonably priced.

Northeast (35 min from downtown):
Holy Land Grill-permanently closed
Espresso Cafe

Cherry Grill in Cherry Hill, NJ is just across the Delaware River (via Ben Franklin Bridge.). Fairly classy ambience, better than decent food. 3/5 stars. Hechsher by the O-K and the Cherry K Vaad Hakashruth.

This is a pretty good list of the generally accepted kosher restaurants in Philly.
This is the website for the generally accepted community hechsher: http://www.keystone-k.info/

Shuls
Orthodox Jewish Philadelphia Directory
www.phillyshul.com (actually 2 shuls which they alternate between). Run by a very nice chabad rabbi.
Sephardi shul (www.mikvehisrael.org)
Mekor Habracha

Lower Merion (15 min drive from downtown):
Lower Merion Synagogue
Young Israel of the Main Line
Philadelphia Community Kollel - next door to Citron and Rose

Northeast (35 min drive from downtown):
Congregation Ahavas Torah

Bensalem (10 min drive from Sesame Place)
http://www.bensalemoutreach.org/

Eruv Maps
http://www.philly-direct.com/frum/eruv.html


Author Topic: Philadelphia Master Thread  (Read 197738 times)

Offline txtmax4

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Dec 2009
  • Posts: 6958
  • Total likes: 12
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #640 on: July 14, 2019, 02:43:32 AM »
Bala Cynwyd/Lower Merion is your best best. Prob not cheap through. Just go on AirBnb, put in philly with your dates and how many beds you need, select pool in amenities, and select all of the house type options that are not apts or hotels. That should get you what you're looking for. You can tell pretty easil how far the various neighborhoods are from Philly proper, which has rivers on each side that make it clear (to the north is less clear).
TY and what about safety?
Any neighborhoods to avoid?
If You See Something, Say Something!!

Offline ushdadude

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Apr 2013
  • Posts: 6444
  • Total likes: 1011
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 5
    • View Profile
  • Location: NY
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #641 on: July 14, 2019, 09:21:42 AM »
TY and what about safety?
Any neighborhoods to avoid?


According to will Smith, West Philadelphia

Offline Der Deutsche Jude

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 941
  • Total likes: 46
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
    • View Profile
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Programs: AA, CA, FAA, GA, NA, OA, WA
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #642 on: July 14, 2019, 03:11:44 PM »
TY and what about safety?
Any neighborhoods to avoid?
You probably want to avoid most neighborhoods in Philadelphia proper.  Exceptions may include most of the northeast, Rittenhouse Square or wynnefield.  Bala is a suburb and a particularly good area.

Offline txtmax4

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Dec 2009
  • Posts: 6958
  • Total likes: 12
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
    • View Profile
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #643 on: July 14, 2019, 03:22:04 PM »
You probably want to avoid most neighborhoods in Philadelphia proper.  Exceptions may include most of the northeast, Rittenhouse Square or wynnefield.  Bala is a suburb and a particularly good area.
TYVM
If You See Something, Say Something!!

Offline Der Deutsche Jude

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 941
  • Total likes: 46
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 4
    • View Profile
  • Location: Brooklyn, NY
  • Programs: AA, CA, FAA, GA, NA, OA, WA
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #644 on: July 14, 2019, 03:26:46 PM »
TYVM
There are probably more neighborhoods that are decent, Iím just not sure which, but overall, the city is prettying much like Eastern Brooklyn and the bronx

Offline skyguy918

  • Dansdeals Presidential Platinum Elite
  • ********
  • Join Date: Mar 2011
  • Posts: 4081
  • Total likes: 837
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 1
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
  • Location: Queens, NY
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #645 on: July 14, 2019, 04:29:41 PM »
Anywhere you're going to find a big property (ie lawn) with a pool is likely fine.

Offline mgoldhammer18

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Silver Elite
  • *****
  • Join Date: Jan 2016
  • Posts: 738
  • Total likes: 16
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 3
    • View Profile
  • Location: West Hempstead, NY
  • Programs: American Airlines, Citi thank you, British Avios, Hilton, SPG, AMEX Platinum, Jetblue
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #646 on: July 18, 2019, 09:52:39 AM »
Just wanted to share on this thread that a few weeks ago spent a night by the Residence Inn Langhorne/Philadelphia the night before kids day at Sesame.  Was totally fine for just a night.  Suite wasn't huge, but was comfortable

Offline chayal101

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Oct 2013
  • Posts: 917
  • Total likes: 137
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #647 on: August 13, 2019, 01:28:01 PM »
Homewood Suites vs Courtyard Marriott on City Ave, Anyone have experience?
Chaya L.

Offline mom

  • Dansdeals Silver Elite
  • **
  • Join Date: Aug 2008
  • Posts: 57
  • Total likes: 0
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #648 on: August 19, 2019, 02:44:22 PM »
Has anyone stayed at the Windsor Suites in Philadelphia?
Any comments on it?
Also, any suggestions as to what to do in Philadelphia for a couple?   - going for 2-3 days

Offline JuryDuty

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2018
  • Posts: 1119
  • Total likes: 228
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 18
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #649 on: September 12, 2019, 08:30:57 PM »
Going to be in Center City for the Marathon on Sunday. Any recommendations for kosher food for after the race? Kosher seems to be complicated with the ikc. Is heyhummus reliably kosher? Other options?
Jury Duty: Nothing to do there but chill and write a TR. Kinda like the beach but missing the view and ocean breeze.

Offline mochjas

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Oct 2015
  • Posts: 9745
  • Total likes: 1089
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 123
    • View Profile
  • Programs: Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Titanium Elite, AA EX PLAT, Jetblue Mosaic, Qatar Gold, United Silver
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #650 on: September 12, 2019, 09:50:22 PM »
Going to be in Center City for the Marathon on Sunday. Any recommendations for kosher food for after the race? Kosher seems to be complicated with the ikc. Is heyhummus reliably kosher? Other options?
mamas vegetarian is very good

Offline sams

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2014
  • Posts: 1144
  • Total likes: 38
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #651 on: September 12, 2019, 09:59:16 PM »
mamas vegetarian is very good
I believe itís temporarily closed

Offline JuryDuty

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2018
  • Posts: 1119
  • Total likes: 228
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 18
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #652 on: September 12, 2019, 10:13:13 PM »
I believe itís temporarily closed

Any other options then?
Jury Duty: Nothing to do there but chill and write a TR. Kinda like the beach but missing the view and ocean breeze.

Offline shie123

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite
  • ****
  • Join Date: Jan 2015
  • Posts: 359
  • Total likes: 15
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 0
    • View Profile
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #653 on: October 15, 2019, 09:26:56 PM »
Any of the restaurants have a Sukkah?
TIA!

Offline zevi

  • Dansdeals Platinum Elite + Lifetime Gold Elite
  • ******
  • Join Date: Jul 2014
  • Posts: 928
  • Total likes: 168
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 2
    • View Profile
Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #654 on: October 16, 2019, 09:49:26 AM »
.

Offline Essen est zich

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Apr 2017
  • Posts: 2225
  • Total likes: 749
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 31
    • View Profile
  • Programs: Nichoach Vol 2
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #655 on: October 16, 2019, 10:25:49 AM »
There is a simcas beis hashoeva tonight at 6pm at the Lubavitch Center on Castor Rd.

Rain or Shine.
Shloffen Shloft Zich

Offline Essen est zich

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Apr 2017
  • Posts: 2225
  • Total likes: 749
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 31
    • View Profile
  • Programs: Nichoach Vol 2
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #656 on: October 18, 2019, 09:33:44 AM »
Where is the best wine store with good prices and good selection near Philadelphia/Cherry Hill?
Shloffen Shloft Zich

Offline JuryDuty

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2018
  • Posts: 1119
  • Total likes: 228
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 18
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York
Jury Duty: Nothing to do there but chill and write a TR. Kinda like the beach but missing the view and ocean breeze.

Offline mochjas

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Presidential Platinum Elite
  • *********
  • Join Date: Oct 2015
  • Posts: 9745
  • Total likes: 1089
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 123
    • View Profile
  • Programs: Hyatt Globalist, Hilton Diamond, Marriott Titanium Elite, AA EX PLAT, Jetblue Mosaic, Qatar Gold, United Silver

Offline JuryDuty

  • Dansdeals Lifetime Platinum Elite
  • *******
  • Join Date: Nov 2018
  • Posts: 1119
  • Total likes: 228
  • DansDeals.com Hat Tips 18
    • View Profile
  • Location: New York
Re: Philadelphia Master Thread
« Reply #659 on: November 21, 2019, 01:38:29 PM »
Great news a kosher option in City Center!

Yup! Super awesome
Jury Duty: Nothing to do there but chill and write a TR. Kinda like the beach but missing the view and ocean breeze.