Tale of the Tape: R2L

r2lDaniel Stern’s R2L opens to the public tomorrow on the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place.We’ve got the rundown on the panoramic views, menu and more.

The Space

  • 37th Floor
  • 500 feet above ground level
  • Highest public restaurant in Philadelphia
  • Accessible via single elevator on 16th Street side
  • Views to the south, west and east
  • Designed by CCS Architecture
  • Art Deco design
  • Zebra print booths
  • Fork, knives and spoons sculpture breaks up the room
  • Restaurant broken into following sections:
    • The Liberty Bar and Lounge: Bar menu and cocktails
    • The Dining Salon: Flights of food and drink
    • Three boardrooms and The Pinnacle Room provide private dining

The Food

  • Defined as the cuisine of a cocktail party translated into a dining experience
  • Some past favorites from Gayle and Rae make the menu
  • The menu includes snacks ($6-12), soups ($6), salads ($6-9), entrees ($20-30)
  • Highlights:
    • Cocktail Reubens, homemade corned beef and rye
    • Rabbit Nachos, jalapeno mousse, homemade tortilla chips
    • Surf and Turf, griddled half lobster and braised short ribs served with lobster sauce, beef jus, roasted potatoes and leeks
    • Veal Stew, veal meatloaf, sweetbreads, tongue, brisket, trotter and crisp dumpling, served with roasted potatoes, cippolini onions and finished with a rich veal reduction scented with horseradish
  • Full Menu (PDF) starts February 2nd
  • Restaurant Week Menu, served through January, 29th

The Drink

  • Beverage Director Ryan Davis
  • Champagne and Martini Trolley offers guests martinis and glasses of Champagne upon seating
  • Wine locker service offers diners storage and access to limited varietals at special rates
  • Wine by the glass ranges from $8 to $23
  • Large piece of ice displayed behind the back bar, bartenders “harvest” the ice for different cocktails
  • Cocktails ($10-12) feature:
    • Luxardo
    • Carpano Antica
    • Noilly Prat
    • Top-shelf gins and ryes
    • Exotic bitters
    • Shaken Sours
  • Beer Highlights:
    • Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale
    • Samuel Smith Taddy Porter
    • Brooklyn Local One

Two Liberty Place, Philadelphia, PA
37th Floor

More on R2L

R2L in Pictures [Meal Ticket]
Daniel Stern’s R2L Reaches for the Stars and Succeeds [Philly Chit Chat]
R2L Dining High in the Sky [Sips Bites and Sites]
A Look Inside R2L, Opening January 21 [Grub Street]