Martha is opening in Kensington, just off of Frankford Avenue at 2113 East York Street. The bar is fronted by Philadelphia restaurant/bar alum Jon Medlinsky (Chifa, Khyber Pass Pub, the Yachtsman) and backed by Marathon Grill co-owner Cary Borish and Mike Parsell. The eye-opening space takes over an old cube of a building with soaring ceilings, an intimate mezzanine, a warming fireplace and long bar.
When it was announced that Emmanuelle would be closing at the Piazza, it was announced that bartenders Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal would be doing a series of nights, inviting local bartenders to join them. But when PYT, and by extension Emmanuelle suddenly closed, it threw those plans out.
But Twenty Manning Grill bartender Resa Mueller, who was to be at Emmanuelle on Monday wouldn’t be denied. So this evening she’ll be hosting Esmon an Gaal at her bar for a night of blue cocktails and the promise of a ton of shenanigans. The fun kicks off at 10 pm for all things blue.
Twenty Manning Grill [Official]
Emmanuelle, the hidden cocktail bar behind PYT is closing after its third anniversary party on Monday, November 30th. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, who have been behind the bar from the beginning are planning to leave town so the bar is “breaking up the band.” But the bare is going to go out with a string of events featuring guest bartenders as well as “a final, no-holds-barred edition of the menu, titled Can I Move?” A menu that will certainly push the limits of what the couple has been doing at Emmanuelle for the past several years.
To help your summer along, Foobooz plans to give you some recipes by notable chefs and bartenders in Philadelphia. We’re calling it the DIY Down the Shore series, and we’ll be posting them all week. We’re bringing Philly’s dining scene into your summer homes.
Phoebe Esmon, of Emmanuelle is one of this city’s great bartenders. She not only makes beautiful cocktails done right, but she’s well educated in what she does. So here’s a little schoolin’ from Ms. Esmon:
This evening, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Lemon Hill is bringing in some bartending talent for a good cause. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal of Emmanuelle, Michael Treffehn of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. and Vince Stipo of Vernick Food & Drink and Lemon Hill’s Michelle Curtis will be pouring cocktails featuring Beefeater or Plymouth gin. The cocktails will be available for $8 and half of the proceeds will go to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
The “Cocktails for a Cause” tour will continue with three additional stops this spring.
Emmanuelle, the Northern Liberties bar that features the cocktails of Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, was named one of the United States’ best new bars by Food & Wine’s Jim Meehan. Emmanuelle was the only bar from Philadelphia to make the 34-strong list.
With Thanksgiving looming and the holiday season descending upon us, we bet you’re going to need some new drink recipes. In the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine we asked George Reilly of Twisted Tail, Phoebe Esmon of Emmanuelle and Lê of Hop Sing Laundromat to help us create twelve winter holiday drinks.
The 12 Best Winter Holiday Drinks [Philadelphia Magazine]
This Halloween Emmanuelle is turning into a creepy tiki bar. “The Huna Hut: Skelatons of the Deep” is being hosted by head-bartenders Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal who will be pouring tropical drinks from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The event will also feature snacks from Carla Goncalves and David Gilberg, formerly of much-loved KooZeeDoo.
Brian Freedman finds that Christian Gaal and Phoebe Esmon have created a warm weather menu of seasonally appropriate cocktails at Northern Liberties’ Emmanuelle, that are far from dumbed down
Several weeks ago, I had a chance to check out a number of the new drinks as they were approaching their final stages of development, and the results, as I expected, were stunning. One drink in particular I can’t stop thinking about is the Satyricon, a brilliant assembly of gin, dry curaçao, lemon, cinnamon and cardamom tinctures, and an ingenious red pepper-carrot-ginger syrup. An hour after I tasted it, I was still trying to parse it in my mind: It goes down both dangerously easily (as is the goal of this season’s drinks) and lingers on the palate beautifully. Esmon and Gaal are alchemists as much as they are mixologists, and the payoff of their painstaking work is evident in every sip.