First Look: Morgan’s Pier, Summer 2016

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Who says you can’t go home again? Jim Burke is proof that you can go home and you can do so with a brewski in hand. The Burkes are back in town following a stint in New York, and Jim is happily installed under the blue skies and multicolored umbrellas of Morgan’s Pier for the summer. Fans will remember he and Kristina Burke at the mention of their Bella Vista restaurant, James, that they closed back in 2011. The pair is cooking up their next move, and in the meantime he’s putting an Italian spin on his Morgan’s Pier offerings.

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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating (And Drinking) When Morgan’s Pier Opens This Week

Philly knows it's close to summer when Morgan's Pier re-opens for the season, and this Thursday, you can get a little taste of the warm weather and sun to come as the outdoor beer garden welcomes back guests. This year, Chef Nick Elmi, from TV's Top Chef, will be at the helm, creating memorable snacks and meals that you'll be able to enjoy throughout the venue. Opens Thursday, April 30th, various times, Morgan's Pier, 220 North Columbus Boulevard.

We already announced who would be cooking for you when Morgan’s Pier opens for the season this Thursday (April 21). But you know what else we can tell you? What you’re going to be eating (and drinking) when things light up for the season at Morgan’s Pier.

We’ve got Jim Burke‘s full food and brunch menus, plus the lineup of beers and cocktails all right here.

Happy spring everyone.

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Jim Burke Is 2016 Chef in Residence at Morgan’s Pier

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Jim Burke is back cooking in Philadelphia

Philadelphians have missed Jim Burke’s cooking since his restaurant James closed back in 2011. But this summer, the chef will be back cooking in Philadelphia as the chef-in-residence at Morgan’s Pier when it opens for the 2016 season on April 21st. Burke’s accolades include being a winner of Food & Wine’s Best New Chef, a nominee for Best Chef-Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation and a finalist for Bocuse d’or USA. After James, he worked in New York at Stephen Starr’s Caffe Storico and Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne. He has also recently been working as a chef/instructor for Drexel’s hospitality program.

At Morgan’s Pier, Burke follows in the steps of Nick Elmi (Laurel), David Gilberg (Koo Zee Doo), George Sabatino (Aldine) and David Katz (Mémé) who have been past chefs-in-residence.

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The Fall Menu at Morgan’s Pier

View from the Crows Nest at Morgan's Pier

View from the Crows Nest at Morgan’s Pier

The fall menu at Morgan’s Pier debuts tomorrow, Wednesday September 23rd. Among the fall bites from chef-in-residence Nick Elmi, tater tots poutine, smashed local squash with pumpkin seed, smoked kielbasa and more.

Also there’s been a change in Morgan’s Pier Guest Chef Series. Will’s Chris Kearse replaces Michael Solomonov on the weekend of October 10th and 11th.

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Morgan’s Pier Is Keeping It Going Through Fall

morgans-pier-fall-400Labor Day has come and gone but Morgan’s Pier is keeping things interesting down on the Delaware River. The bar and restaurant remains open through Halloween and is adding some new programming to keep people heading to the riverfront.

Chef-in-residence Nick Elmi is creating a new fall menu; the venue will also be hosting Popeapalooza while Pope Francis is in town; Philadelphia chefs will be making appearances as part of a guest chef series; and after a transformation of the space into Fall Fest, the outdoor season will end with a Halloween bash on Saturday, October 31st.

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PHOTOS: Our Night Out at Morgan’s Pier

Our “Best of Philly” Gay Night Out returned last evening to Morgan’s Pier, where hundreds showed up to celebrate, socialize, and network, all for a good cause: Proceeds benefitted Delaware Valley Legacy Fund and their mission to provide support and grants for the LGBT community. We were on hand to capture the great crowd at the Pier. Looks like fun? Why not join them at their next event in September at the Uptown Beer Garden? More details can be found here.



We Tried Out Nick Elmi’s Crow’s Nest

The Crow's Nest. Photo by Jason Melcher

The Crow’s Nest. Photo by Jason Melcher

You can head to Morgan’s Pier for a drink and any of the delicious options on chef Nick Elmi‘s menu any time you want. But now you can also grab a group of 20 and get seated above all the ruckus in their newly opened chef’s table, the Crow’s Nest, lofted over the bar.

We checked it out this past Monday. Curious to know what it was like? Read on…

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Morgan’s Pier Offering Chef’s Table Dinners

View from the Crows Nest at Morgan's Pier

View from the Crows Nest at Morgan’s Pier

Have nineteen friends? Get them together for a personalized dinner at Morgan’s Pier with chef-in-residence Nicholas Elmi and chef de cuisine Kyle McCormick.

The 20-person dinner happens on the on the upper level at Morgan’s Pier in the “Crow’s Nest.” The dinner party can be focused around:

  • New England style lobster boil
  • Herb crusted leg of lamb
  • Whole roasted suckling pig

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MANNA’s Annual Guac-Off Returns for Round 3

MANNA's 3rd Annual Guac-Off

MANNA’s 3rd Annual Guac-Off

If mashed avocado is your thing (yet to meet any naysayers there), join MANNA in their third annual Gauc-Off this Thursday, May 21st. The event runs 6 PM – 9PM at Morgan’s Pier, where a ticket snags you unlimited guacamole tastings and a free beer to wash it down. Signature margaritas, alongside a full cash bar, will also be available.

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Nick Elmi Releases His Morgan’s Pier Menu

Philly knows it's close to summer when Morgan's Pier re-opens for the season, and this Thursday, you can get a little taste of the warm weather and sun to come as the outdoor beer garden welcomes back guests. This year, Chef Nick Elmi, from TV's Top Chef, will be at the helm, creating memorable snacks and meals that you'll be able to enjoy throughout the venue. Opens Thursday, April 30th, various times, Morgan's Pier, 220 North Columbus Boulevard.

So you guys remember that Morgan’s Pier is opening tomorrow, right? And that Nick Elmi–our newest Top Chef winner, the man behind Laurel, the best new restaurant in Philly according to our most recent 50 Best Restaurants list–is in charge of all the food you’ll be stuffing yourself with this summer?

This is all very important information. But what’s most important today–just a scant few hours before Morgan’s Pier lights up for the season–is that we just got a copy of Elmi’s full menu. And that now we’re showing it to you.

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