New Menu (And Hours) For A.Bar

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At noon on July 17, Ellen Yin and chef Eli Kulp (the dynamic duo who took over both a.bar and a.kitchen a couple months back) are going to be debuting a new menu at a.bar to celebrate the Rittenhouse bar’s first anniversary. Here’s what they have to say about the change-up.

“Chef Kulp’s menu will expand upon a.bar’s already diverse fresh-shucked oyster program, and adds a globally-inspired selection of crudos, shareable snacks, more substantial salads and sandwiches [as well as] a few select whole fish. In addition, a.bar’s hours of operation will be extended, serving [the] new menu all day long, Monday through Saturday, from noon until 10 p.m, with the raw bar offerings available until 11 p.m.”

So what does Kulp have in store for this new menu? He gave us a few clues…

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A Fork / a.kitchen Partnership

Chef Eli Kulp's Fork Resturaunt

Photography by Michael Persico

Over on the Insider, they’re reporting on a deal reached between a.kitchen/a.bar’s David Fields and Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp from Fork. The way things look right now, Fields and Yin are throwing in together at a.kitchen and a.bar, becoming partners in both operations, and Kulp will be taking the position of executive chef–designing menus for an as-yet-unnamed chef de cuisine.

The new Kulp-designed a.kitchen and a.bar menus will debut in March. For more details on how this all came together, check out Michael Klein’s interview with Yin and Fields below.

Fork’s Yin and Kulp partnering with Fields at a.kitchen [Insider]

a.bar Hosts a Day of Sherry

sherry-bottle-400This Monday, December 9th is going to be all about Sherry at a.bar. Though many people’s only experience with sherry is on the sweet side, there are dry Sherries that work very well with food.

From 3 to 6 p.m., all oysters are $1.50 each and several local wine reps will be pouring multiple Sherries, ranging from $5 to $10 a glass.

At 7 p.m. chef Terence Feury (Tavro 13) will prepare a four-course dinner with Sherry pairings. The dinner is $85 per person and there is only one seating. Contact beverage director, Tim Kweeder for reservations.

The menu and what’s happeing late night … » 

Everyday, Oysters Are on Special at a.bar

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There’s a real oyster special going down at Rittenhouse Square’s a.bar. Here are the details: between 3 and 6 p.m. everyday, all oysters are $1.50. From east to west coast, from sea to shining sea, all the oysters are just a buck and a half. The second half of work for the day? Well that can wait.

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a.bar Gets a.sign

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The official opening of a.kitchen’s sister property, a.bar, was originally scheduled for tonight. It has now been pushed back to Thursday, but at least it’ll have a pretty new sign.

a.bar Is a.few Weeks Away but They Have a.menu

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Back in April we gave you details on a.bar, the sister restaurant to a.kitchen that is opening this summer. Now we have a full menu, featuring some snacks, an extensive raw bar highlighted by the American white sturgeon caviar, seafood like barbecued octopus, charcuterie, and an ice cream sandwich. The menu is short and sophisticated, much like the a.kitchen menu. We have not gotten our hands on a drink menu yet, but expect we have been promised a wine list designed to match with the seafood menu.

a.bar Opening Menu (PDF)

Early Details On a.bar

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So it’s not looking at an opening until later this summer, but some details are coming to light on the new AKA Rittenhouse project (and sister operation to a.kitchen), a.bar. Here’s what we know:

  • a.bar will open this summer on the corner of 18th and Walnut
  • It will be open to the public but will offer priority seating and a separate entrance to residents of the AKA property.
  • The space will once again be designed by Edward Asfour–same guy who did a.kitchen. Expect “natural materials, coffered ceilings and a 17-seat pewtered bronze bar.”
  • The menu will be “pared down yet sophisticated,” offering oysters, charcuterie, bar snacks and small plates ranging in price from $4 to $22. At the bar, expect craft beers, lots of cocktails, and a wine list of rarities not often offered in Philly, in addition to a selection of fino and Manzanilla sherries.
  • a.bar will be open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.