The Corner Reviewed

The vibe and cocktails are in sync at the Corner. But the promising food of Scott Swiderski and John Taus still needs some tuning.

Masa tots—think tater tots, but made with masa—were theoretically promising. In practice, however, the ground corn absorbed a bit too much oil in frying, and as a result lacked the fluffy-centered allure of their classic potato counterparts. The appealingly dense filling of potato pierogies was hemmed in by too-gummy dough encasing it. Shrimp in a blanket, however, hit its intended target, and seem to be the kind of dish that will ultimately define The Corner: Internationally inspired yet still rooted in a familiarly-American concept. The dish’s simplicity is its allure—large prawns were wrapped in kataifi, or shredded phyllo, and deep fried. It was executed perfectly, the kataifi splintering with each bite and juxtaposed in a neat little dance with the soft prawn inside.

Hot Vibe, Cocktails at The Corner [Philadelphia Weekly]

  • Snake

    He says promising, but nothing in the review makes me think that.

    Always a great place to go for drinks though, it seems like the APO influence is the best thing that they’ve got going.

  • Dan

    Thank you! The food blog hype machine has been intense for this place, but alas, it is not very good. I went for the free app thing and ordered something so non-descript I can’t even recall it. What I do recall, is that the wings were nothing more than ordinary and that the $11 fiery margarita was thin, watery and unpleasant. It seemed like a lame margarita with some red pepper flakes sprinkled in. The place truly reminded me of the last days of APO, overpriced and underwhelming. Add to this the fact that I was repeatedly bumped by servers while seated at the bar and it was a complete non-starter.

  • http://no no

    I’ll never ever go there, not after they pushed APO out.

  • Michael G

    Damn i was hoping to hang out on the roof deck and enjoy some food along with drinks here. Not only is the menu uninspired but I guess it also isn’t any good either.

  • jim

    the same owners from apo they did not push them out ,,go try it yourself and make up your own mind ,,the place is really good and the deck is a very nice place to drink and now i can eat there also.