Tag: Northern Liberties
Nov. 7, 2014
Burger joint delivers on taste, but lacks in service
Burger restaurant Pyt claims on their website, “You really can’t lose. Unless you don’t eat here, then you’re on your own.” I can attest to that statement; you truly can’t lose. With an extensive menu of interesting burgers (can you say donut bun?) and adult milkshakes, Pyt has something for everyone. Located in the Piazza in Northern Liberties, Pyt is perhaps best known for its tasty, albeit unusual, sandwich ingredients. For example, a cheesesteak sandwich on a donut bun is currently being offered on their special menu. The regular menu includes a classic burger, as well as a Sriracha chicken burger and a veggie burger topped with avocado and their special PYT sauce. Though the donut burgers were very tempting, I opted for a less caloric option (though who am I kidding? I probably got three days’ worth of calories in one sitting). For those familiar with chain eatery Tom and Chee (the closest location is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania), donut buns are becoming incredibly popular. Tom and Chee offers a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches on donuts and they’re the perfect combination of sweet and salty. The burger I chose was the turkey club. It came with Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, fried onions and Pyt sauce. I’m not even kidding when I say this was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had. There wasn’t one flavor that overwhelmed the rest, creating a delicious combination of turkey, cheese and toppings. And at $12 it was certainly affordable. The accompanying waffle fries were also great. They tasted exactly like Back Yard Burger’s fries, for all my Southern friends out there. The seasoning is ever so slightly spicy and the fries were perfectly crispy. The burgers also come with a spicy pickle, but I can’t attest to the taste of that side item because I personally think pickles should be outlawed as food. I feel strongly in my opposition to pickles. Pyt is not only known for its burgers. The beloved burger joint was recently the subject of a controversy involving Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy. As shown in a photo of the receipt posted to Pyt’s Facebook page, McCoy left a 20-cent tip, which amounted to 0.3 percent on his $61.56 bill. While many people, including Philadelphia Magazine’s Victor Fiorillo, protested McCoy’s actions, others came forward defending the small tip. Several people, claiming to have waited on McCoy previously, said he tipped generously and accused Pyt as being at fault for having poor service. The running back defended his tip, stating in a press conference that he stood by his actions and that it was an adequate tip given the poor service he received all night. With this in mind, I put Pyt’s service to the test. I received a glass of water and a menu quickly, but I had to wait a considerable amount of time until the waitress came back to get my order. However, once my order was finally placed I received my food fairly quickly.Given the taste of the burger, which was out of this world, and the price, I didn’t mind that the service was on the slow side.I would definitely recommend Pyt to burger enthusiasts and anyone in the Northern Liberties area. Pyt is located at 1050 N. Hancock St. and is open until 2 a.m. daily.
Jul. 12, 2013
Brooklyn Flea Philly
Northern Liberties is rapidly becoming the Brooklyn of Philadelphia, with its hip bars, restaurants and shops catering to the new wave of twentysomethings invading the neighborhood. And what would Brooklyn be without its weekend flea market, the Brooklyn Flea, where shoppers can score handmade, vintage and antique items to outfit themselves and their apartments? Aptly titled the Brooklyn Flea Philly, the new owners of The Piazza at Schmidt’s decided to bring this element of Brooklyn culture to Philadelphia for a flea market every Sunday, rain or shine, to bring in foot traffic and support the businesses located at the Piazza. The Brooklyn Flea Philly opened June 2, just seven weeks after the idea was proposed. The owners spread the word through blogs and social media that the Flea was coming to Philly. The news quickly spread through the vendor community, and businesses that wanted to be part of it applied online. Brooklyn Flea Philly Market Manager Mark Vevle explained of the application process, “We probably accepted a quarter of the applications we got, and we select and curate this because we really want high quality and a good, eclectic mix.” For the first two weeks, Vevle said they filled about 82 vendor spaces, including food vendors, to make room for special events. Opening day featured DJ ?uestlove, and in the second week they set-up a bar with beer from Brooklyn Brewery in conjunction with Philly Beer Week. They have a variety of carefully curated items such as new and vintage clothing and accessories, handmade items, crafts and homemade items, and antiques and antique furniture. Food vendors include Brooklyn staples Red Hook Lobster Pound and Mighty Quinn’s Barbeque, gourmet ice cream from Princeton’s The Bent Spoon, and local favorites such as Nomad Pizza and Joe Coffee. They have since expanded the amount of vendor spaces and do not require any long-term commitment from the vendors. Therefore the vendors at the Flea will change from week to week. “Occasionally there are going to be spots that open up, and that will give us the chance to kind of freshen things up,” Veyle said. “A lot of these vendors have product that moves quickly, so even though you have the same vendor here, they’re [to have] different product here from week to week.” As far as future plans for the Brooklyn Flea Philly go, the management is leaving it open-ended. “We’ll try to go as long as we can into the fall season and take it from there. If it’s a success, the Brooklyn markets have found ways to continue into the winter months. If we can prove success here, maybe we can move forward to something like that,” Veyle said. Check out the Brooklyn Flea this summer on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Piazza at Schmidt’s, 1050 N. Hancock St. For more information visit brooklynflea.com/philly.
May. 3, 2013
Store Profile: Arcadia Boutique
With summer quickly approaching, look no further than Arcadia Boutique for a fresh, one-of-a-kind shopping experience to update your wardrobe. Based in Northern Liberties, the boutique sells a beautiful and unique assortment of clothing and accessories created by independent designers and name brands alike, as well as an uncommon array of vintage and recycled clothing and accessories.
Jan. 11, 2013
Standard Tap tavern pairs seasonal dishes with comforting atmosphere
Standard Tap is a new breed of neighborhood tavern. It fulfills the basic standards — homey food, an unbelievably extensive selection of draft beers, the dull roar of happy patrons, and dim lighting. That being said, it is anything but basic. The foundational characteristics are certainly there, but Standard Tap then goes above and beyond. In other words, it takes the traditional tavern experience and marries it with the thoughtfully crafted fare of fine dining.
Oct. 5, 2012
Las Cazuelas takes Philly south of the border
Las Cazuelas in Northern Liberties transports the diner from Philadelphia to Mexico. The authentic fare is inspired by Puebla, Mexico, the hometown of Las Cazuelas chef Alfredo Aquilar. The large portions make up for the restaurant’s limited menu.Call me Alejandra, because Las Cazuelas has transported me from its location on the border of Northern Liberties and Olde Kensington to Puebla, Mexico, the hometown of chef Alfredo Aguilar. Although the small Mexican restaurant is inconspicuous in appearance, its food is anything but modest. The menu does not offer a considerable variety of choices and is thus limiting for the pickier eaters. However, the available list of options is no letdown. In fact, the authenticity featured on the menu carries over to the vibrant yet traditional interior decor. Before proceeding with the meal, though, some advice: Come hungry.
Aug. 31, 2012
Circles pleases with Thai fusion
Eager foodies north of Market Street have been salivating for months over Circles’ new location in Northern Liberties with dreams of the restaurant’s famed twist on traditional Thai cuisine. Its original location on Tasker Street in South Philadelphia has developed a cult following for offering relatively simple Thai and Asian fare like pad thai, spring rolls and fried rice, among others, combined with a holy trinity of things all Philadelphia diners like to have: excellent quality cooking, generous portions and low prices.
May. 11, 2012
Radio 104.5 gets the summer block party ball rolling in Philly
As Philly’s local alternative rock station, Radio 104.5 offers a melodic fusion of the genres. It mixes hits by rock icons like Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters with singles from more recent indie bands such as Of Monsters and Men, Foster the People, and Gotye. Indeed, the DJs — Wendy, Stephen, Johnny and Kade — do not discriminate in their selections, each playing a sound characteristic of the station’s style yet diverse enough for unique daily playlists.