Whether you need to wow clients, treat colleagues to a well-deserved celebratory meal or simply show out-of-towners what your city has to offer, the Moshulu sails away with the prize. This Philadelphia landmark occupies a prime Penn’s Landing location with river views across to New Jersey. The Moshulu is permanently moored—so there’s no actual sailing taking place—but it’s easy to settle into your table and feel like you’re about to set sail. It is the world’s oldest and largest square rigging ship still afloat.
Built in 1904 for the Germans, the Moshulu began as a cargo ship before being captured during World War I by the American Navy. The ship’s rich history is worth a read before visiting, though the walls of the upstairs are lined with historic photographs and documents outlining the many lives this ship has lived. It has been a fixture on the Philadelphia waterfront since 1975. It’s not just about the history, though, as the kitchen turns out AAA Four-Diamond haute cuisine and has been an award winner since 2004. The main dining room is enclosed, while two levels upstairs offer a more casual open-air vibe. The Moshulu’s Orchid Room seats 160, while the decks can handle up to 500.