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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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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Laurel Goes Exclusively to Tasting Menus

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Starting in May, Laurel will be moving to only offering tasting menus. Currently, Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk BYOB offers the option of a la carte during the week with tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Elmi tells us, 70% of weeknight guests are now choosing the tasting menu and “it really doesn’t make sense for a small space like ours to carry a full menu.” Elmi says it has always been the goal to go tasting menu only at Laurel, and the restaurant’s reception has allowed him to speed up the process.

The number of courses and pricing remains the same, 7 courses for $85 per person.

May reservations will be available beginning on Tuesday, March 3rd, starting at noon.

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All Restaurants Confirmed for Philly Cooks

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The Foobooz Speakeasy

If you were waiting to until all of the restaurants were confirmed before buying your tickets to the Philly Cooks Big Event, your time is now. 50 restaurants and bakeries will be at the February 18th event, including many from Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2015, plus some of the most exciting newcomers to Philadelphia.

Another feature returning this year is the Foobooz Speakeasy. The bar and lounge will be helmed by bartenders from Franky Bradley’s, Olde Bar and the Franklin.

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Marcie Turney and Nick Elmi Will Be Talking Thanksgiving on WHYY’s Radio Times

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Marcie Turney (chef and owner of Barbuzzo, Lolita, Jamonera, Little Nonna’s and upcoming Bud and Marilyn’s) and Nick Elmi (chef and owner of Laurel and Season 11 winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef) will be talking all things Thanksgiving on 90.9 FM, WHYY’s Radio Times today at 11 a.m..

The chef duo will be giving us Thanksgiving stats, cooking advice, and potentially further details about Turney’s newest restaurant, Bud and Marilyn’s.

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Let’s Get Ready to Ramen Rumble

Ramen-Rumble-4Cheu Noodle Bar, home to some of Philly’s most beloved noodles, is hosting its fourth Ramen Rumble on Monday, September 29th at 6 p.m. And this one looks to be an epic battle.  Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink will rumble with Nick Elmi of Laurel Restaurant to produce the best noodles of the night.

The event costs $25, which will get you 2 mini-ramen bowls, a beer and a voting card. The event is also first come, first served; however, the chefs make plenty of ramen so don’t let a line scare you.

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Win Tickets to Cooking Up Couture

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On Friday, August 22nd, the first ever Cooking Up Couture event is happening in Philadelphia. The event food and fashion showcase is hosted by Jen Groover and will featured hand-crafted cocktails as well as bites from some of Philadelphia’s hottest chefs, including Top Chef winner Nick Elmi (Laurel), Chopped champion Georgeann Leaming (SUPPA) and Brad Spence (Amis). Proceeds will benefit Philabundance. The event is being hosted at Front & Palmer, 1750 N Front Street and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person but we’re lucky enough to be giving away a pair to a lucky Foobooz reader.

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