Sneak Peek at Nicholas Elmi’s Bar, ITV

Laurel's Nicholas Elmi opens ITV, his bar on East Passyunk.

Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi opens ITV next to his Laurel on East Passyunk.

Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi opens ITV next to his Laurel on East Passyunk.

ITV, the bar from Laurel’s Nicholas Elmi officially opens this Saturday, July 2nd at 1615 East Passyunk Avenue. Elmi has been planning the bar next to his restaurant Laurel, for more than a year. The name ITV comes from “In the Valley” which is what the Lenape word Passyunk means.

The dark and attractive marble bar seats around 12 at leather bar stools. The backbar and walls are off-black with gold gold piping. The design, done by Eimer Design also includes floral wallpaper made of thinly rolled wood. Beyond the bar is a banquette with seating for eight plus a lone table for two.

Rolled-wood wallpaper with floral patterns

Rolled-wood wallpaper with floral patterns

The bar is an equal-opportunity proponent of wine, beer, cocktails and even sake. Managed by Jordan Stalsworth, there are twelve wines by the glass, ranging from $11 to $19. Bottles are interspersed on the menu and range from $60 to north of $200. The draft beer program shows off four beers (Bohemian Pils, Old Brown Dog Ale, HopHands, Churchville Lager) and a cider (Cidre Bouche Brut). It’s backed up by fifteen bottles and cans ranging from Miller High Life to Westmalle Tripel. The cocktail list consists of seven riffs on classics ranging from $10 to $14.

The fourteen item menu ranges from $6 to $23 and is mainly small plates.

ITV is initially going to be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The kitchen will serve till 11 p.m.

ITV’s Cocktail List


Brava: Bianco Tequila, Cocchi Americano, Cacao, Mezcal $12


Navigator: White Rum, Elderberry Cordial, Vermouth $11

The Avenue:

The Avenue: Bourbon, Bonal, Benedictine $14


Courier: Trinidad Rum, Tarragon, Sparkling Wine $10

Gossamer $11
Gin, Salers, Vermouth

Errol Flynn $14
Scotch, Cappaletti, Quina

Zut Alors! $12
Brandy, Sherry, Cardamaro, Orange

ITV’s Opening Menu

Crispy Baby Artichokes Sumac Yoghurt, Herbs $8

Pork Chips, Sour Cream and Wild Onion $7

Basket Cheese, Toast, Pickled Cherry Miso $6

Trout Mousse $11

Chicken Liver, Stroopwafle, Plum Jam $7

Biscuit, Honey Chive Butter $6

Caviar Dip $9

Roasted Shrimp, Yuzu Kosho, Avocado, Jalapeno, Wakame $14

Cured Fluke, Daikon, Pinenut $14

Hay Stuffed Poussin, Shiitake, Asparagus $23

Grilled Octopus, Green Papaya, Chickpea, White Peach $12

Fried Headcheese, Baked Beans $16

Grilled Mackerel, Rhubarb, Sunchoke, Celery $12

Oxtail, Potatoes, Chanterelle, Hazelnut $14

ITV [Foobooz]