June 20, 2018
The rumor mill is going round that point guard of the 76ers, Ben Simmons, is dating Kendall Jenner of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." It’s not too hard to believe, considering if there’s one thing other than basketball that basketball players do, well, it’s date Kardashians. While the supposed dating has been happening mostly in Los Angeles, as of now, it’s only a matter of time before Simmons takes Jenner out on the town for a night in Philly. Here’s a list of some athlete- and celebrity-approved hot spots in Center City that work well for any date night.
Located adjacent Rittenhouse Square, Parc sports a calm, French atmosphere that surrounds you as if you’re eating with the Champs-Élysées in view. The food ranges from French delicacies such as escargot and beef bourguignon to fresh baked French desserts and pastries. French in taste and design, this bistro will bring a fun and romantic vibe to any date.
Just a few doors down from Parc, you can find Barclay Prime, a sleek and sexy restaurant that totes a mellow color palate with bright yellow and green classically mixed throughout. Specializing in steak, they have everything from dry-aged to wagyu choice options. It’s also home to the $120 cheesesteak, if you’re feeling a bit extra that evening.
Right in the heart of Center City is The Continental Mid-town, with two levels of indoor dining and a rooftop deck. This restaurant is a perfect dining and drinking experience of the elite. With ultra-hip diner decor, it’s easy to see why Carson Wentz can be spotted here from time to time.
After dinner, take a walk around Rittenhouse Square and then head out for drinks at The Franklin Bar just a half a block south. This speakeasy was originally operated in the late 1920s by Philly gangster Max “Boo Boo” Hoff. Given a fresher life, these handcrafted cocktails range from “easy” to “weird” to “hard” to “tasting.” Complex and innovative, they’re sure to please anyone’s taste palate.
Finish the night off at a rooftop deck for one last drink. For Center City views, check out R2L Restaurant + Lounge at Two Liberty Place. With beaming city lights coming through the 37th floor view, you’ll be hard pressed to find other views quite as breathtaking as this one. Romantic and a sure pleaser to end the night, don’t be surprised to see a little PDA happening in the lounge at as the clock creeps towards midnight. With those views, it’s certainly easy to see why.
So, where might Ben take Kendall? Speculate away.