Lacroix, the longstanding restaurant at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel is changing things up. Chef Jon Cichon has announced that the restaurant is going to a single, five-course tasting menu. Dinner at Lacroix will now be locked in at $105 per person plus an optional $85 wine pairing.
The format, which has debuted with this week’s fall menu, offers some choices but other courses are fixed like the grilled Maine Lobster. A tail and claw is poached for this dish and topped with shaved and lightly pickled persimmon, curried persimmon puree and served with a lobster, pumpkin, celery leaf jus atop celery root puree.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for a teenager they say shot a man five times in Rittenhouse Square on Tuesday night when the man tried to thwart the teenager’s robbery attempt. Read more »
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The strict definition of a “trinity” is a home with three floors, each of those floors having just one room (the bathroom doesn’t count). Basements, being common features in 19th- and early 20th-century homes, don’t count against the total, and in many trinities, like today’s featured home, later owners put the kitchen down there.
Those who didn’t usually added an ell onto the back of the trinity for the kitchen. Some other later owners then built on top of the ell, creating the “expanded trinity” — one whose rooms were larger, or which had two rooms on each floor.
This week’s featured trinity has been “expanded” in a different way: Meet the four-story trinity, whose fourth floor has no roof. Read more »
It seems that architect Cecil Baker has the golden touch these days. Not only is he the emergency surgeon of choice for ailing projects, having resuscitated at least two high-profile projects that were going south design-wise with their neighbors, he has produced equally high-profile designs of his own that have won him further acclaim for the way they interact with their sites, in particular a luxury condo tower behind Independence Hall that hides itself from the Liberty Bell.
His latest project may not fall into the high-profile category, but it once again shows why he has become our most praised residential architect.
Van Pelt Mews is a 12-unit luxury townhouse project on Rittenhouse Square’s western fringes that combines the historic restoration of a 19th-century townhouse and carriage house on Sansom Street with nine large new homes fronting on Van Pelt Street. Read more »
Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances? Yeah, we’ve seen plenty of those in trinities all across the city.
Modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and an island?
We’d never seen one of those in a trinity until the agent who has this listing called it to our attention.
The owner of this well-maintained trinity near Rittenhouse Square decided to give it a bit of the Rittenhouse treatment when giving it an upgrade recently. As a result, it’s become a little gem that’s perfect for a single owner or young couple starting out on their life’s journey together. Read more »
Scarpetta–the fancy-pants New York transplant taking over the old Smith & Wolensky space at the Rittenhouse Hotel–opened for business yesterday with a couple surprises. The entire space has been stripped of all memory of the old steakhouse’s heaviness and (let’s say…) venerability. The dinner board is short and tight, customized for Philly’s tastes (by two veteran Scarpetta chefs who have been living and working here for months in anticipation of opening day), and offers lots of options for vegetarians.
But the biggest surprise? Our Scarpetta has a bar menu–something that none of the other 4 locations have. And the chefs (there are two of them, Jon Oh and Jorge Espinoza) put it together because they quickly came to understand how important eating at the bar is in this city.
The streets that usually come to mind when we think of “Old Philadelphia” are the “little streets” — the Quince Streets and Elfreth’s Alleys that grace a million picture postcards. And the house type that so many think of when they say that phrase is the trinity, the uniquely Philadelphian form that generations of working people called home. Many of these homes are highly coveted pieces of property, not just for their location and history, but for their rarity, and it’s a special find when one happens to pop up on the market.
Today, however, you happen to be in luck! This week we found you a gem, located in the heart of Rittenhouse Square, and is your chance to own a little bit of history. Built in 1925, this trinity on Rodman Street is the perfect place to build your nest on a quiet street that allows you to be in the heart of it all within minutes. Read more »
A couple days ago, we rolled out our Fall Restaurant Preview. In it, we talked about the opening of Scarpetta–the fancy-pants, double-decker modern Italian restaurant coming to the former Smith & Wollensky space at the Rittenhouse Hotel–and said that it was looking to open “in a couple weeks.”
Turns out, our estimate was right on. Because we just got word today that after some test dinners and a full run of friends and family services, Scarpetta will be opening to the public on September 28.