Tale of the Tape: Square 1682


Square 1682 is the new restaurant at the base of the Palomar Hotel at 17th and Sansom.The name is inspired by William Penn who founded Philadelphia in 1682 and his plan for a “green countrie towne” comprised of five squares.

The Space

  • Two-story restaurant
  • Seating for 90
  • Designed by Dayna Lee of Powerstrip Studio in Hollywood, CA
  • First Floor
    • Exhibition kitchen
    • bar
      • Suspended block of staggered walnut, suspended by bronze chain links
      • Two-story semi-transparent glass wine display
    • Lounge
      • Room for 30
  • Second Floor
    • main dining area
      • Ground to ceiling windows dominated by Indian orange, purple and grain mustard
  • LEED-registered restaurant

The Food

  • Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez
    • Worked in Charlie Trotter’s Restaurant Group for 17 years
    • Chef de Cuisine at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago
    • Director of Menu Development for Starr Restaurant Organization
    • Executive Chef at Striped Bass
  • New American Menu
  • Bar and dinner menus are designed for sampling and sharing
  • Dinner served 7-nights a week till 10
  • Food sourced from 40 Pennsylvania farms
  • Bar menu served nightly till midnight
  • Bar Menu Highlights
    • Truffle Popcorn
    • Roasted dates wrapped in bacon
    • West Chester Texas Longhorn burger
  • Bar Menu (PDF)
  • Entree prices range from $16 to $35
  • Dinner Menu Highlights include:
    • Korean “Hot Pot”
    • Yellow Fin tuna tostadas
    • Maine Lobster Tacos
    • Local Lamb Rack and Loin
  • Dinner Menu (PDF)

The Drink

  • Sommelier Emily Wines
    • One of just 15 female Master Sommeliers across the country
    • Only second woman to win the Remi Krug Cup for passing all three portions of the exam on the first try
  • Wines available by the bottle, half-bottle and glass
  • Signature and Classic cocktails including:
    • Bell Pepper Smash – Ketel One Citroen, Canton Ginger liqueur, muddled raspberries and bell pepper
    • Aperiteaf – Belvedere Orange, mango jasmine tea, Campari and Cointreau
  • Beer Highlights
    • Yards Beers of the Revolution
    • Sly Fox Route 113 APA
    • Chimay Rouge

The Deals

  • Mention “bubbly” before November 30th and you can receive a free glass of Champagne.
  • Palomar is offering a special  introductory rate
    • $119 per night includes Continental Breakfast
    • Good for stays Thursday through Sunday
    • Offer good through February 28, 2010
    • Book by October 30th
    • Call 1-800-KIMPTON (800-546-7866)
    • DINE1 or PARK1 are the codes

Square 1682
121 S 17th St

For more on Square 1682 and the Palomar check out:

Hotel Deals: Introducing the Brand New Hotel Palomar Philadelphia [UWISHUNU]
How to score free champagne at Square 1682 [The Insider]
Square 1682 Chef Guillermo Tellez Reveals the Benefits of Working at Both IHOP and Charlie Trotter’s [Grub Street]
Square 1682 in Pictures [Meal Ticket]
Hotel Palomar: philly’s first kimpton [design-phan]