Han Dynasty in Old City isn’t the only location of Han Chiang’s empire that is doing fun things. Han Dynasty in University City is hosting a beer dinner this Wednesday, December 4th with Stone Brewing. Each of the five courses (three different dishes per course) will be paired with a beer from the Southern California brewery including a couple of their most unusual.
The dinner is $60 plus tip and begins at 7 p.m. in the newly completed expansion of the restaurant. All of the dishes will be off-menu selections that have never been seen on the regular menu. Chiang himself will be serving up the dishes and Lee Marren from Stone Brewing will also be there.
Tickets can be reserved by calling Han Dynasty at 215-222-3711.
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Han Chiang has graduated, shutting down his beloved (if small) Han Dynasty in Old City and moving the Szechuan restaurant across the street into the enormous, opulent 180-seat space formerly occupied by Reserve steakhouse (among other operations). The bar manager from the University City location has come over to craft a cocktail program for the new space. The menu is roughly the same burn-your-face-off-spicy Chinese food that’s served at all of Chiang’s other locations (at the same price point, despite the upgraded digs), but he’s added a late-night menu inspired by Taiwanese street food, served fast and cheap across a small second bar on the main floor. Highlights include the dry pepper fried chicken wings and the pork belly buns, but be on the lookout for frequent changes as Chiang tinkers with the new board.
Han Dynasty [Foobooz]
First appeared in the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.
And yes, we have a copy of that menu, so you can plan your assault on it in advance of hitting the brand new bar at the brand new location (123 Chestnut Street) tonight.
Word from the kitchen at Han Dynasty is that this is just the menu for now–that the whole thing is subject to change whenever they feel like it and that, in the future, they’re going to be bringing in “accomplished chefs in the Philadelphia area” to expand it. Can’t wait to see how that works out. And to see what kind of “accomplished chefs” they have in mind.
Check out tonight’s menu after the jump.
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It was a big week for Philadelphia restaurant news. And next week looks like it’s going to be even crazier. So to catch you up on all the action of the past seven days, here’s what you might’ve missed.
We’ve talked about the new menu. We’ve checked out the space. We’ve even poked around in the kitchen. And now, just a reminder for all you Han Dynasty fanatics: The new location at 123 Chestnut Street (in the old Reserve steakhouse) is going to be opening to the public on Monday.
It’s big. It’s fancy. It’s going to have all the old Han Dynasty favorites plus a whole bunch of new stuff. There’s a big bar, a cocktail program, plenty of beer to wash down those dan dan noodles. And for those of you who just can’t go a day without your fix, have no fear. We’ve been promised that the current Old City Han Dynasty is going to operate as normal through Sunday night, then shut down and move operations across the street in the middle of the night so that the new location can (hopefully) be up and running for Monday lunch without missing a single service.
It’s a pretty bold plan. But from someone like Han Chiang, we wouldn’t really expect anything less.
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A few weeks ago we broke the news that Han Dynasty in Old City is planning a move, a big one, to the former Reserve steakhouse at 123 Chestnut Street.
This week, we checked back in to see how things are coming along…
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Today, Global Philly 2013 kicked off with a special event at Zama. Hiroyuki ‘Zama’ Tanaka and Kevin Sbraga were on hand to unleash the “Sbraga Roll.” The sushi roll is the latest collaboration from Tanaka who has conspired with many of Philadelphia’s best chefs and top celebrities to create a series of unusual rolls. Chef Sbraga suggested some of his favorite ingredients for the roll that will be served at Zama over the course of Global Philly 2013, from September 15 to November 1. The Sbraga Roll is a sushi roll with dill, jalapeno, avocado and crispy shallot topped with a Panko-crusted bite of dorado.
Global Philly is an international exposition, presented by the Global Philadelphia Association. Sbraga, who is leading the culinary part of the initiative, has rounded up some of his chef contemporaries to participate in the month-and-a-half long event to offer “Global Philadelphia” appetizer specials.
Starting at $12, the appetizers will be found at Sbraga’s eponymous modern American restaurant as well as at restaurants like Tashan, Bistro La Minette and Zinc , La Calaca Feliz, Zama and Han Dynasty.
- Sbraga will feature a steak tartar with French onion dip and a pea tendril salad.
- Tim Spinner (La Calaca Feliz) will spotlight the Al Pastor Pork Taco.
- Bistro La Minette’s Peter Woolsey created a salmon tartare with lentils and a blood orange vinaigrette.
- Han Chiang of Han Dynasty will offer a lamb dumpling with garlic sauce vinegar sauce.
- And of course Zama will feature the Sbraga roll.
GlobalPhilly 2013 [Official Site]
It is true: as first reported a couple months back, Han Dynasty‘s current Old City location is going to be shutting down soon (their lease runs out October 1) and the whole operation will be moving across the street to the former home of Reserve–the ginormous and super-luxurious steakhouse that died under the weight of its own ostentation last year.
As things look right now, it will re-open as the largest Han Dynasty yet (200 seats, give or take) at the end of September and will not just be a restaurant but “a nightlife destination for Old City” according to Danielle Drew-Wolas who, in addition to being Han’s personal assistant and in-house counsel, is also in change of PR and marketing, real estate development, business affairs and lease negotiation. She’s also project manager for the Reserve project. And is Han’s mother’s personal assistant. Busiest woman in show biz, that one.
But anyway, She was kind enough to show me around the new space, with its giant ceilings and imposing bar. And then she got to talking…
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On Monday, August 12th Han Dynasty in Old City and its neighbor, Prime Stache are combining for a collaborative dinner.
The seven course dinner will feature three courses from each restaurant plus a fusion course. The $50 per person dinner also includes collaborative cocktails featuring Tito’s vodka.
$10 of the dinner price goes to charity and there will be two seatings. The first will be at 6 p.m. at Prime Stache and the second will be at 9 p.m. at Han Dynasty Old City. Han Chiang will be hosting both dinners, so it is sure to be an entertains night.
Tickets are on sale now at both restaurants and over the phone. Han Dynasty’s charity is the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia and Prime Stache’s will be Brent Celek’s Take Flight Foundation.
Han Dynasty [Official Site]
Prime Stache [Official Site]
Late last night (or early this morning, depending on how you tell time), Han Chiang tweeted the above picture, with the charming caption:
“I’m comin for ya NYC. Philly, u’ll always b my heart but i gots to scorch this dirty bitch right quick. LA u on deck.”
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