Ashley Primis

Correspondent

  • Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ashley Primis is a correspondent who lives in Philadelphia and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. Primis was lucky enough to see the world at a young age, thanks to travel-loving parents. During those trips, she became especially enamored with restaurants — there was no better way to understand the culture of a place than through its eateries. After graduating from Duke University, she attended culinary school, in hopes of being a food writer. After cooking at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia for a few years, she did just that, and has written about food, restaurants, travel and style for Philadelphia magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lucky magazine and more.

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    What restaurants does The Rittenhouse have?

    The Rittenhouse offers four restaurants. Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, the main eatery, is a fine-dining destination that has been considered one of the best in the city since its opening in 2003. The food at the Four-Star restaurant is refined yet also playful with global flavor combinations and elegant presentations. The wine list is well-chosen, and the service is renowned.

    Sunday brunch is a hallmark experience. The buffet is filled with thoughtful, first-rate offerings, such as just-shucked oysters, pork belly skewers and house-cured charcuterie. But the real centerpiece is the hot food station, which is set up in the kitchen. It makes getting the food as much of a treat as eating it. Expect to find savory (truffle-sausage-stuffed beef tenderloin) and sweet (smoked white chocolate grits with whiskey cherries) dishes in the kitchen.

    For meaty fare, there’s Smith & Wollensky, a chain with outposts all over the country. It claims to be the only national steakhouse to do dry-aging and butchering in house. Of course, its specialty is steaks and filets, such as the coffee-and-cocoa-rubbed filet mignon with ancho-chili butter or the signature bone-in rib-eye, but you’ll also find seafood like Maine lobster on the menu.

    Tea is served in the Philadelphia hotel’s peaceful first-floor Mary Cassatt Tea Room daily from 2 to 5 p.m. Large windows overlook a quant English-style garden. Nearby is the new Library Bar, a sleek spot for a quiet conversation and some upscale bites, such as black truffles with duck rillettes and fingerling potato chips with Osetra caviar and crème fraîche.
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    What’s the best time to visit The Rittenhouse?

    Each season in Philadelphia has a distinct, special vibe, so you should time your visit to The Rittenhouse accordingly. While winters can be harsh, the holiday season envelops the city in a warm spirit. Rittenhouse Square (which the hotel overlooks) is stunningly decorated with oversized lights dangling from the many trees, and snow on the historical buildings make it feel like something out of a Dickens story. Spring and fall have beautiful colors from blooming or turning foliage, and the nicest weather. Summer can be quiet during the weekends because most residents flock to the shore, but that also means it’s easy to get reservations at the hottest restaurants and enjoy Philly like a quiet small town, with walks along the river, visits to farmer’s markets, lounging in gardens and parks, and people-watching at the many outdoor cafés and bars.
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    What’s the best time to visit The Rittenhouse?

    Each season in Philadelphia has a distinct, special vibe, so you should time your visit to The Rittenhouse accordingly. While winters can be harsh, the holiday season envelops the city in a warm spirit. Rittenhouse Square (which the hotel overlooks) is stunningly decorated with oversized lights dangling from the many trees, and snow on the historical buildings make it feel like something out of a Dickens story. Spring and fall have beautiful colors from blooming or turning foliage, and the nicest weather. Summer can be quiet during the weekends because most residents flock to the shore, but that also means it’s easy to get reservations at the hottest restaurants and enjoy Philly like a quiet small town, with walks along the river, visits to farmer’s markets, lounging in gardens and parks, and people-watching at the many outdoor cafés and bars.
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