The Rittenhouse Hotel was purchased a year ago by the Hersha Hotel chain but only recently have enhancements been visible. Now open is the Library Bar. The new bar is located just off the lobby and contains a carefully curated collection of books and fine art. Open nightly for small bites and cocktail service, the 20-seat Library Bar aims to be Philadelphia’s most sophisticated cocktail destination. Bartender Pablo “Papi” Hurtado has created a list of custom cocktails including The RH, a twist on a whiskey sour dressed up with house-made dried figs.
Lacroix executive chef Jon Cichon has created a bar menu featuring sharable appetizers, salads and desserts plus a pairing menu that marries sweet and savory wine and food pairings. Highlights include:
- Foie Gras Verrine, Black Truffle and Duck Rillette paired with Hennessy Paradis Cognac
- Ossetra Caviar, Fingerling Potato Chips and Crème Fraîche with Moët & Chandon, ‘Cuvée Dom Pérignon’, Brut, Epernay, 2000
- Dark Chocolate, Caramel-Orange Mousse served with Smith Woodhouse, 1985
Another new offering at The Rittenhouse is Afternoon Tea in the Mary Cassatt Tea Room. The menu includes hand-crafted single-note and blended teas complimented by house-made canapés, tea sandwiches, freshly baked seasonal scones and a collection of sweet delicacies, cakes and petits-fours. The Tea Room’s elegant refurbishments pay homage to acclaimed artist Mary Cassatt, the only American painter invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists in 1879.
210 W Rittenhouse Square
Photos by Paul S. Bartholomew | The Rittenhouse