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.
Penn’s Landing beer garden and outdoor concert hub, Morgan’s Pier announced its summer concert schedule, with a lineup promising all kinds of sound-of-summer fun. Get ready to get outside and dancing with Dave Pianka of Making Time and Dolphin Tavern, international DJs like Booka Shade and Tiga, and free, live performances presented by R5 Productions and Yuengling Lager. The season starts May 1st, with a host of opening-week festivities. Tickets are available here. Check out the lineup below:
Morgan’s Pier will return for its third season on Thursday, May 1st. As we told you previously, David Gilberg will be the “executive chef in residence.” Gilberg was the chef and owner of the critically acclaimed, and sorely missed, Koo Zee Doo.
Gilberg’s menu will encompass “things we like to cook and eat outside; whether in the context of a backyard barbeque, a stroll along a boardwalk, or a simple picnic on the waterfront.” Look for lobster rolls, Piri Piri chicken, crab cakes and vegetable kababs. Also, look for salads, elotes and a day-boat fish entree steamed in corn husks.
Morgan’s Pier, which opened on the Delaware riverfront two summers ago has made a splash each year with a significant name in the kitchen.
In Morgan’s Pier inaugural year it was David Katz of the much loved Mémé who ran the restaurant operation. Last year, the ownership group that includes Avram Hornick and Sean Agnew tapped George Sabatino who had just made a name for himself at Stateside.
We are now officially four days into spring, but Mother Nature doesn’t appear to care one lick. And since we’re due to get more snow tomorrow (just a dusting, but still), I would like to say for the Internet Record that I am sick to death of being cold. I won’t go all the way and wish for full-on, 1,000-percent humidity summer weather, as my sister-in-law has done, but I’ll gladly take anything over 50 degrees at this point. Is that so much to ask?
Our healthy colleagues over at BeWell report that the design firm behind Morgan’s Pier and Talula’s Garden will next take on 1706 Locust, formerly home to upscale clothing boutique Adresse. The space will be converted into Pure Sweets, a cafe/bakery/juice bar/take-out lunch spot courtesy of Andrea Kyan, whose gluten-free deliciousness biz will be going bricks-and-mortar for the first time.
Kyan just signed the lease today, so she has a while to think about design. As for food, Kyan is thinking healthy, raw and Southeast Asian.
The Best Burgers for Every Mood
Philadelphia magazine’s 40th anniversary Best of Philly issue is online now. We at Foobooz are highlighting some of our favorite food and drink winners. Here are the winners for best burger, from gastropub to backyard.
Best Gastropub Burger
We’re not sure what’s the best part—the aged beef blend, Vermont cheddar, smoked bacon, pickles from Brooklyn Brine, or mysterious Churchill Sauce with its dozen-odd ingredients. 124 South 18th Street, Rittenhouse, 215-558-2500.
Morgan’s Pier and chef George Sabatino are presenting a taste of New England this Thursday with an old-fashioned seafood boil. The $35 prix fixe menu features a ton of seafood and sides served family style. Among the highlights are boiled blue crabs with Yards Pale Ale and charred sweet corn with lobster butter and spiced lime.
Trey Popp laments the loss of George Sabatino’s $30 three-course dinner menu at Morgan’s Pier.
On the first weekend of June, four weeks after it came into being, the best dining value in Philadelphia was murdered at Morgan’s Pier. George Sabatino’s $30 three-course menu was bludgeoned with PBR cans by a mob of 25-year-old frat bros, stabbed in 16 places by five-inch stilettos, and finally trampled to death in a midnight stampede to the on-site hot-dog cart. The corpse was dumped into the Delaware River as the perpetrators and accomplices got busy grinding to a DJ beat.
Two Stars – Good
Summertime Blues [Philadelphia Magazine]
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