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From the March 24, 2003 Issue of New York
Book a room at the Omni William Penn Hotel
(412-281-7100; omnihotels.com), built in 1916. Back in
the heyday of U.S. Steel (when Pittsburgh was a more
glamorous destination), a night at the grand Penn cost
more than the Plaza; today, rates start at just $119.
Have dinner at Isabela (412-431-5882), a prix
fixe favorite in Mount Washington, one of the myriad
hilly neighborhoods that overlook the city. For $60,
you get an eccentric seven-course meal combining the
cuisines of Paris, Peking, and Santa Fe. Don’t
miss the lump crab-meat soufflé with ancho-chili
Grab a drink at Gooski’s (412-681-1658)
in the Polish Hill neighborhood, which counts a great
jukebox, decent pierogi, and sticky floors among its
See the Mattress Factory (412-231-3169), a
contemporary-art museum in a residential section of
town (go before April 30, and you’ll catch the
nifty light installations of James Turrell, sure to
make you blink purple for a week). And visit the
Andy Warhol Museum (412-237-8300; warhol.org), which boasts
both a great collection and an endearing pile of
effects from the Steel City’s favorite son.
a piece of copper wire at Paul
Warhola’s Scrap Metals (412-321-2058)
as an excuse to see the eccentric studio of
Andy’s brother, Paul, and nephew, Marty,
who owns the place (and says he could be persuaded to
sell a sculpture or two).
a walk across a bridge: Since three
rivers run through it, Pittsburgh is connected by a
series of ravishing bridges (776, to be exact), whose
rounded backs echo the topography of the city. And not
too far away is Fallingwater (wpconline.org), the Frank Lloyd
Wright home that, as the name suggests, is
cantilevered over a burbling waterfall (724-329-8501).
-- JENNIFER SENIOR