David Fields posted this photo of a.bar, the new, corner addition to a.kitchen that we’re hearing will open by Tuesday, July 9th. It’s looking ready.
Last night, it was Jonny Mac. Tonight, Sixpoint and David Katz (ex of Meme) are getting together at a.kitchen for a four-course beer pairing dinner. And not only does the grub look good (excellent news for you Katz enthusiasts out there who keep managing to find him whenever he wanders back into the kitchens around Philly), but the beers are… Well, this is Beer Week. And no one is pouring anything less than their best.
Check out the pairing menu after the jump.
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)
The annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is this Saturday, May 18, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. The festival extends from Walnut Street from Broad to 19th and on 18th Street, from Locust to Sansom. Over 40 of the areas best restaurants will be serving up their cuisine for your enjoyment at an affordable price. Some highlights of the participating restaurants include a. Kitchen, Barclay Prime, Continental Mid-town, Di Bruno Bros., El Rey, Le Bec Fin, Oyster House, Parc, Sbraga, Shake Shack, Vernick, and Village Whiskey.
If that doesn’t make you want go, maybe this will; there will be a tasting area with 20 of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Chairman’s Selection wines with a concierge and on-site store.
Other stands will offer Peroni beer, Rex Goliath wines, Cintron, and cocktails. Also, there will be cooking demonstration at 19th and Walnut courtesy of Starr Restaurants. The great food, booze, shopping, activities and weather make the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival a can’t miss.
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.
Bryan Sikora told Michael Klein today he had been fired as chef at a.kitchen by David Fields. Sikora was scheduled to be leaving sometime this spring anyway but the abruptness is a surprise. Sikora and Fields were both at Saturday’s ACHIEVability’s Food for Thought event where the chef was serving a literal shrimp cocktail.
Sikora fired from a.kitchen [The Insider]
Passover begins at sundown this evening and Philadelphia restaurants are celebrating the Jewish Festival of Liberation with special passover menus.
Be Well Philly asked a dietician for advice on eating healthy during Restaurant Week. She’s got five tips to live by and also suggests what to order at seven participating restaurants including a.kitchen, Butcher & Singer and Lacroix.
Cheat Sheet: A Dietician’s Guide to Philadelphia Restaurant Week [Be Well Philly]
Restaurant Week Guide [f8b8z]
Kiehl’s enthusiasts were stunned to hear that the location at 18th and Walnut had closed suddenly on January 3rd. But the prime corner location won’t be empty for long. A.kitchen’s David Fields’ tells us that AKA is taking over and plotting a “little sister to a.kitchen.” The concept is still being developed, but expect a 35-seat space with a focus on raw foods. The space won’t have a hood, so hot food won’t be a priority, wine and cocktails will.
The 700-square foot space is being designed by the same firm that did the work at a.kitchen. A May opening date is anticipated.
a. kitchen [Official Site]