Philadelphia

XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant Park Hyatt at the Bellevue re: Philadelphia restaurant with a view

The Park Hyatt at the Bellevue recently revamped its restaurant XIX (Nineteen). Located on the 19th floor of the hotel, XIX offers all-day dining, exquisite views, and an expanded menu.
Last week the restaurant threw a shindig for the unveiling of the newly restored 15ft windows. Years ago before the American Music Theater relocated to the Prince, they would have their cabaret in an adjacent room. I remember that I had to walk through this room to get to the cabaret room and it was always dark as their were bookshelves that lined the far wall which hid these beautiful windows.

It was there on the 19th Floor that we found Andrew Perekupka and CN8 Jennifer Ruiz, who filled me in on the live show that takes place at the Loews. It’s there I could photograph celebs visiting the studio, but the show is taped from 6 AM to 8 AM, a time I am barely awake. Hmm guess I will just have to catch them out and about or at the Luxe Lounge of late.
Three types of complimentary XIX signature martinis were being passed around during the party featured Courvoisier Exclusif, Cruzan Estate Light Rum, and Starbucks Cream liqueur. They are apart of the new cocktails list that they just created for the fall season. They looked delicious. Striking a fashionable pose are Nam Lee & Courtney Fefer who wanted to pose near the fire place, which was roaring because, unlike tonight it wasn’t 68F at 1:30AM as I write this.
The view from the newly restored windows are fantastic; they were restored by A. Robert Torres of Studio Torres LTD with the help of Jamie Roslie (on left). Jamie tells me that the windows are waiting for a few more things, a light shade, as the sun can be brutal while one is waiting for it to set, a valance and a sheer that can easily be pulled back. (The flash doesn’t do the view justice as it’s reflecting the equally breathtaking decor)
XIX went all out serving delicious hordouvres and oysters, none of which I partook in as I am still trying to stay honest on my Nutrisystem. Now tonight I have two events, I give you permission to slap my hand if you see it near either of the parties I am covering. Happy 25th Anniversary Mural Arts Saturday in between the Obama rallies please attend

MURALPALOOZA! Family Celebration

Saturday, October 11 · 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Benjamin Franklin High School, Broad & Spring Garden StreetsJudy Ellis-Taylor, Park Hyatt GM Jeff Miller and CN8’s Lynn DoyleOught oh, did I learn a lesson from these folks. No matter how crowded or how much someone wants to go back to talking, if you take their photos make sure you pay attention that they write their names in order. Wednesday this shot was published in my weekly “On the Scene” column for the Metro and they were a tad out of order, it could have been worse as the photo editor caught Mac’s name out of order, but then I didn’t catch the other two til it was too late. (Thank God they have facebook as I was able to put it in order for Philly Style Mag. Megan Stecher, Jill Schoenfeld, Mac Francis and Danielle Sheller (I think that’s right)
Nice place for a drink. And you can also get a late night snack.
The Cafe overlooking the city and is as romantic a rendezvous as you can find in Philly. The best buy here is brunch and lunch with a $30 fixed price for 3 courses. Great burgers, lobster club sandwich, fries, and the best iced tea in town. The Restaurant is classically beautiful with a wonderful raw bar, try the cucumber, mint gimlet and even the pierogies are great.
Damian Kohn and author Karrie Gavin, she wrote Moon Philadelphia. She says “For a special occasion, XIX Restaurant (on the 19th floor of the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel) cannot be beat for romantic atmosphere and amazing views.” She’s right!
It’s always a joy when I run into friendly faces, and these three will always be right up there with people I admire. Mary Patel, Phila Inquirer Photographer Eric Mencher and his love story continues with his wife Kass Mencher . I always get nervous talking to him, he’s right up there with Madonna who you know I photographed for the first time last week, having passed up many opportunities before as silly me I know they all put their pants on one leg at a time, but I am such a fan of some people.
Laura Burkhardt someone else I really admire, who has really blazed a trail, and I apologize for standing her up the other night, I was going to cover a newsworthy event for her, but when I finally had a chance to look at the Philly event schedule, I saw the Barrymore Awards, which my agency wanted me to cover, and I wanted to cover it ever since I didn’t last year, I really want to promote Philadelphia Theater and the actors and the productions; I’m sorry if I caused you a bit of distress Laura, I love ya. Come to think of it the company she keeps have also blaze a fiery trail Jimmy Contreras of Kimberly Boutique , and Red Tettemer’s Matthew Vlahos who is spearheading two events coming up next Thursday at Vlanni’s a Fashion Show with hostess Brini Maxwell and then the following Wednesday “Rumble in the Kitchen” at the Loews.
And if you’re not receiving the newsletter “Inside The Bellevue” from Anna Iredale, PR for the Bellevue, then you are out of the loop. Did you know you can meet domestic diva Martha Stewart on 11/7/08 at Williams-Sonoma. Also with Anna are Meredith Corlett and Paul Banegas.

In conclusion I recommend a trip to XIX , especially the cafe to check out the views, catch a sunset, propose to that special someone or just hang out with friends. Sadly in this spectacular town of ours, with so many buildings being built, besides the City Hall observation deck, which is not opened in the evening, no other public space has captured the view like the Park Hyatt – XIX.