Address: 30th and Arch Streets
The lobby of the gleaming Cesar Pellidesigned Cira Centre is bright, airy, and a tad austere, but one corner is conspicuously livened up by Daniel Stern's second venture, Rae (the first is his wine bar, Gayle). He wants its flavors to be strong, adventurous evenhow else to explain smoked rabbit nachos for lunch? The weekday atmosphere is buttoned-down bonhomie, especially at the row of microbrew taps at the bar, but by evening the lights soften and the regulars move in. The flavors remain intense throughout, whether in the skate with fettuccine and clams or in the riff on the beloved Philly cheese steak, made here with venison and truffles. The wine list has nearly two dozen by-the-glass selections. White chocolate mousse with cinnamon and hazelnut is a decadent rush (entrées, $22$45).