Morgan’s Pier opens for the season this evening with David Gilberg, formerly of Koo Zee Doo manning the kitchen. Gilberg has described his menu as “things we like to cook and eat outside.” That means the menu features items like watermelon with mint, lime and honey; spare ribs, grilled vegetable kabobs, cheeseburgers and pulled pork.
Alex Capasso quietly opened his Rittenhouse Square restaurant, Crow & The Pitcher on tax day. The revamp of C19 makes the space more rustic with pub tables in the front and a more formal dining area beyond the bar. Capasso’s old boss Georges Perrier was hanging out when we swung by to grab a copy of the opening menu. The menu ranges from $6 for a salad with Boston lettuce to $28 for a rib-eye steak.
The restaurant and bar will be open Tuesday to Sunday, from 4:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.
The first-come-first serve part of Jose Garces’s Volver opens to the public tonight. Bar Volver is a champagne and caviar lounge that will feature a selection of small bites including oysters, cheese, charcuterie and three varieties of caviar. Bar manager Gordana Kostovski has created a menu of cocktails designed to pair well with the food coming from Garces’s kitchen. Also available to the Bar Volver customer will be over 1,500 bottles of old and new world wines with a particular focus on sparkling wines.
One of the most asked queries that land in our inboxes over the past few months is just what is coming to the corner of 2nd and Pine Streets, the longtime home of the Artful Dodger. Requests for information have gone unanswered and now, less than a week before the grand opening details have finally been revealed.
Michael Klein gets the details on Reed Barrow’s first bar and restaurant, Society Hill Society. The neighborhood tavern concept will have JG Domestic and Rosa Blanca chef de cuisine, Yun Fuentes in the kitchen where he will be serving up a menu “inspired by classic Pennsylvania flavors, served in a casual atmosphere.”
Will BYOB has updated its menu for late winter. Chris Kearse has hearty dishes that might make you grateful that it’s cold out. Dishes like foie gras and rabbit terrine, whole roasted hen of the woods mushrooms and a Berkshire Pork neck and sausage might just be enough for you to forgive this winter.
Also coming up at Will, a special “Heart” menu on February 18th.
Last night marked the opening of Sancho Pistola’s, the second bar from Adan Trinidad, Joe Gunn and Casey Parker, the team behind Center City’s Jose Pistola’s. The bar at 19 W Girard Avenue is turning out serious Mexican dishes and serving up Pistola’s signature great beer.
The food here struck us as a bit more authentically Mexican than what we’ve enjoyed at Jose Pistola’s. Those most authentic dishes were also the most successful as I would rank the spicy pork tacos ahead of the Korean rib tacos and I’d also highly recommend the black bean soup, which was just what the doctor ordered on a very cold night. Well that and some mezcal.
Yesterday, Jason Cichonski teased a corner of his menu for his upcoming Old City bar, The Gaslight. Today, we’ve got the whole thing. The menu is broken down into Chips & Dips, Wings, Sam’iches, Small Bites, Big Plates and Desserts. More than just straight up bar food, dip here includes whipped foie gras and the sandwiches include pulled duck and lamb meatloaf.
Cichonski tells us they want to open softly, so no opening date has been announced but the opening will be soon.
Nomad Pizza’s new outpost at 13th and Locust has softly opened. The Roman-style pizzeria was serving guests last night and will do so again this evening as they continue to test things out.
The menu consists of salads, meatballs and twelve pizzas. Pizzas range in price from teh $11 Marinara to the $19 Truffle Pecorino.
The grand opening is set for Friday, October 25th.
Nomad Roman Opening Menu (image)
Nomad Roman [Foobooz]
Chef John Brandt-Lee has just launched new summer menus at both of his restaurants – Avalon Restaurant in West Chester and Avalon Bistro in Downingtown. The menu at Avalon Bistro now features a sandwich section and an express dinner for two that includes five shared small plates for $39.
Here are links to the new menus:
Woody’s is now serving Paesano’s sandwich. The menu will look familiar to Paesano’s fans but there is the addition of Paesano’s Classic Cheesesteak. We’ll have more from Paesano’s at Woody’s tomorrow.
Paesano’s Philly Style [Facebook]